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Epiplatys sexfasciatus - Sixbar panchaxMagyarul / Hungarian
Epiplatys sexfasciatus - Sixbar panchaxEpiplatys sexfasciatus - Sixbar panchax
  • Scientific name: Epiplatys sexfasciatus
  • Synonyms: Aplocheilus sexfasciatus (Gill, 1862), Epiplatys sexfasciatus sexfasciatus (Gill, 1862), Haplochilus sexfasciatus (Gill, 1862), Panchax sexfasciatus (Gill, 1862), Epiplatys sexfasciatus baroi (Berkenkamp, 1975)
  • Common name: Sixbar panchax
  • Group: Killifish
  • Distribution: Africa; Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Togo
  • Size: 6-7 cm
  • Biotope: Mostly inhabits freshwater swamps and minor streams in areas of coastal rainforest and forested savanna, but in some cases it is also been observed in quieter, weedy zones of larger rivers and lakes.
  • Social behavior: A peaceful fish that can be kept in a community tank. They are gregarious, so try to keep 6 or more specimens and the fish will be less shy.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; in nature they feed on terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, while in the aquarium they can be fed with small live and frozen foods, but they also accept good quality dried foods.
  • Breeding: Quite easy
  • Tank: Minimum 75 litres
  • Population: 6 fish for 75 litres
  • Decoration: The fish look best in a densely planted aquarium with some wood branches or roots and sandy bottom. The addition of dried leaf litter would make the fish more secure. Use some floating plants to diffuse the light.
  • Temperature: 20-27 °C
  • pH: 5.0-7.0
  • Hardness: 1.0-12.0 dGH
  • Lifespan: 5-6 years
Description: Epiplatys sexfasciatus gets its common name from the 6 large, dark, transverse vertical bars on its flanks. The scales have a red center which form longitudinal rows of red dots along its sides. Males are an intense red-brown, becoming metallic green to blue anteriorly. All fins are orange-red except the clear pectoral fins. Females have less intense colors, and their fins are round.

Males grow larger and they are more colourful than females, also they possess more-extended fins.

Breeding of Sixbar panchax is relatively easy, and in a densely planted, mature aquarium some fry may begin to appear without further intervention. They will spawn even in a small aquarium with some fine leaved aquatic plant, or floating plants with long roots, or woollen spawning mops and a small air driven sponge filter. Most breeders use a pair or single male with two to three females. Adult will eat the eggs and the fry, so the eggs should be incubated and hatched in a different tank. The eggs hatch in 12-14 days, and the small larvae require microscopic foods such as rotifers during the first weeks.

Sources:
http://www.fishbase.org/summary/9843
http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/epiplatys-sexfasciatus/
Aquarium Atlas Vol3.
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