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Here we have the male in the front and the female in the back.
Here we have the male in the front and the female in the back.
Here we have the male in the front and the female in the back.

Here we have the male in the front and the female in the back.

The mystery fish I never bought.

Written on 11-08-2018 19:55 by cab

In one of my small 20 liter tanks I had a lot of mixed fry. There was catfish, Aulonocara's, blue ahli's and a handful of black mollies. One day when I was checking the general condition of the fry, I was surprised by one of the "mollies" - it had an unusual broad mouth and it was beginning to get red coloration. First when I noticed how far back the dorsal- and ventral fins was placed, I realized that I didn't have any parent fish that corresponded to this fry. My guess was some killi species where I somehow had acquired some eggs with a plant of some sort. I remembered that I recently purchased some java moss and I decided to take a closer look at the other tanks I had put the java moss in. I found another fry in one of the other 20 liter tanks and a few days later I found one more. The last two was smaller than the first - I am not sure if they hatched later or if they got less food. In total I had 3 fry, where I had never seen the parents. I gave the guy I bought the java moss from a call and he confirmed my theory - he had some killies where he also had a lot of java moss.

At first I thought it was called Aphyosemion gardneri clauseni akure, but according to what I can find, the name was changed to Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri akure.

It is a beautiful fish that can be kept in relatively small tanks, which is a common characteristic for most killie species. From the three fish I had, there was one female and two males and the two males was not very good friends. It ended with one of the males dying and I am fairly sure that it was the other male that was the culprit. In spite of the fact that what remained was a pair, I never noticed any sign of spawning or courtship so I never got them to breed myself. After having had them in a tank for about a year, I returned them to the breeder I got them from to begin with.




Egg-Laying Tooth Carps


5-6 cm


Formerly known as Aphyosemion gardneri clauseni akure


Aplocheilidae (Aplocheilinae)

Trade name

Blue lyretail, Steel-Blue Killifish


Africa, Nigeria

Tank size

>10 liter



Brood size