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Aphyosemion australe - Orange lyretailMagyarul / Hungarian
Aphyosemion australe - Lyretail, Orange lyretailAphyosemion australe - Lyretail, Orange lyretailAphyosemion australe - Lyretail, Orange lyretailAphyosemion australe - Lyretail, Orange lyretail
  • Scientific name: Aphyosemion australe
  • Synonyms: Panchax polychromus, Haplochilus cameronensis, Aphyosemion polychromum, Aphyosemion hjerresensii
  • Common name: Lyretail, Orange lyretail, Cape Lopez Lyretail
  • Group: Killifish
  • Habitat: Western Africa, the rainforests of Gabon.
  • Size: 5 cm
  • Biotope: Inhabits shallow shore areas of slow-flowing rivers above a leafy substrate. 
  • Social behavior: A fine community fish to combine with other small, peaceful species. Keep this species in pairs.  
  • Diet: Live, flying insects, insect larvae , Brine Shrimp, other crustaceans, Tubifex worms, flakes.
  • Breeding: Easy
  • Tank: Minimum 25 litres
  • Population: 3-4 fish for 30 litres
  • Decoration: Use wood, roots, and Java Moss to serve as hiding places.  Use a dark substrate, preferably peatmoss. The tank should be densely planted and a cover of floating plants is suggested.  Use a tight-fitting cover as this speciesmay leap. This species prefers peat filtration.
  • Temperature: 18-22°C
  • pH: 6,8-7
  • Hardness: 2,6-5,6NK°
  • Lifespan: 2-3 years

Description: An elongated fish with elaborate fins. The tips of the anal, caudal, and dorsalfins are elongated and pointed. The outer rays of the caudal fin form a 'lyre-tail' shape.  The background body coloration of malesis brownish-yellow to brownish orange. The body is marked with numerous red spots.  The fins are orange with a broad yellowand red border. The tips of the fins are white. The females are brown in color with a scattering of red spots.

Males are more colorful, have more elongated fins, and are slightly larger.

A breeding tank measuring 12" (30 cm) with a capacity of 2.4 gallons (9 L) is sufficient. Thewater should have a pH from 6.2-6.8, a water hardness from 2-6 dH, and a temperature from 73 to 77°F (23-25°C). Keepone female with two or three females. Use a spawning mop or fine leafed planted along with a peat moss substrate,if possible. The eggs are hung from plants around the tank. Each day, 10-20 eggs are produced, for a periodof 10-12 days. The peat (containing eggs) should be removed and placed in a separate rearing tank.  Replacethe peat moss in the spawning tank. The eggs hatch 10-12 days and once their eggs sacs are consumed, theycan be fed on roftiers and small nauplii.

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