Procatopus similis

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Poeciliidae
Origin : Nigeria, Cameroon
Length : 7 cm - 2.7"
Min. length aquarium : 80 cm - 30"
English names : Variable Lampeye, Nigerian Lampeye
Peaceful schooling fish that you should keep in a community aquarium that is not too crowded with too many other fishes.  The fish is very sensitive for water quality.  You should set up the aquarium with a lot of plants. You should add some extra oxygen.  A regular changing of the water is necessary.  Some extra salt (one tee spoon at 10 liters of water) is appreciated.

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.  Don't give Tubifex, because that food comes from polluted water.

Breeding is not easy.  The eggs are laid and fertilized in crevices. For that purpose you can use natural cork.  After 14 days the eggs hatch.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with infusoria and some days later with baby brine shrimp.

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