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Epiplatys dageti - Red-chinned Panchax, Black-lipped PanchaxMagyarul / Hungarian
Epiplatys dageti - Red-chinned Panchax, Black-lipped PanchaxEpiplatys dageti - Red-chinned Panchax, Black-lipped PanchaxEpiplatys dageti - Red-chinned Panchax, Black-lipped PanchaxEpiplatys dageti - Red-chinned Panchax, Black-lipped PanchaxEpiplatys dageti - Red-chinned Panchax, Black-lipped Panchax
  • Scientific name: Epiplatys dageti
  • Synonyms: Aplocheilus dageti, Epiplatys dageti dageti, Epiplatys dageti monroviae, Epiplatys chevalieri, Epiplatys chaperi
  • Common name: Red-chinned Panchax, Black-lipped Panchax
  • Group: Killifish
  • Habitat: West Africa; Sierra Leone, Liberia, Southwestern Ivory Coast, Southwestern Ghana
  • Size: 5-7 cm
  • Biotope: Small creeks and streams in Western Africa
  • Social behavior: A lively and peaceful predator when young, the species become aggressive with age. The females fight each other during spawning. Combine with peaceful fish with similar size.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; such live foods as small crustaceans, adult insects, mosquito larvae, flakes, small fish.
  • Breeding: Easy
  • Tank: Minimum 65 litres
  • Population: 3-4 fish for 75 litres
  • Decoration: Needs a tank with dark, fine gravel bottom and dense planting on the edges and back. Suggest floating plants for cover and roots and rocks as decoration. Old water is best so make water changes infrequently.
  • Temperature: 21-24°C
  • pH: 6-7
  • Hardness: 2-10 NK°
  • Lifespan: 2 years

Description: The back is dark to light brown, and the flanks are lighter brown in color. The flanks may have a dark green to violet iridescence. The under-parts are yellowish brown. The body is marked with five black transverse bars. Four are located on the rear half of the body, while the final is located near the base of the pectoral fin. A black marking runs along the mouth, while another runs through the eye. The fins are dark green-yellow. The fish jump very well!

Male is larger with a pointed anal fin and is seen in a variety of colorations. Female is brownish red with a rounded anal fin. Easy to breed. Water temperature between 24-26 °C. The tank should be darkened, planted with fine-leaved vegetation and Riccia on the surface. Breeding can be induced with one female with several males. As many as 200-300 eggs are laid on plants which, since the parents will eat the eggs, should be removed after spawning is complete. Replace removed vegetation with new plants since the spawning extends over a period of weeks. The eggs will hatch in 8-10 days and the fry should be fed micro food. The fry are sensitive to infusoria.