Scientific Name: Aphyosemion australe
Please note – The image used above is for illustration purposes only; Size, colour and sex may vary. Many of our livestock species are sold as juveniles and have not yet reached their full size and colour potential. If you have any concerns about the size or colour of the livestock you wish to order, please contact our livestock team via our support centre before placing your order. Due to the large quantities of livestock orders daily, the livestock team will are unable to select fish / shrimp to meet specific gender or aesthetic needs.
Approximate purchase size : 2-3cm
All Pond Solutions will always endeavour to supply as close to the approximate size range as possible. Due to variations from suppliers on rare occasions this may not always be possible. Images used are to show the full potential of the fish when fully mature and are not always representative of juvenile specimens.
How easy are they to care for?
We would class these as easy to care for.
How large can they grow?
Where in the world are they from?
This species originated in west Africa mainly Cap Lopez and surrounding areas in Gabon.
What is the ideal number to keep together?
Ideally kept in groups of 8-10 or more to try and reduce shy tendencies.
What water conditions do they require?
Best suited with a pH ranging from 5.5 to 7.0. Temperatures ranging from 21 to 32 degrees.
What should you feed them?
Small live or frozen foods like daphnia or bloodworm are preferred in their diet, though they will also except flake food.
How compatible are they with other fish?
Lyretail Killifish are a very peaceful, shy species that will easily be outcompeted by more boisterous fish. Good tankmates include rasboras and dwarf cichlids, and peaceful catfish such as Corydoras spp.
Can they be bred in captivity?
Relatively easy to breed in aquaria. They have a spawning method known amongst hobbyists as egg ‘hanging’.