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Nothobranchius patrizii - Patrizi's Notho, Red-tailed Torquoise NothoMagyarul / Hungarian
Nothobranchius patrizii - Patrizi's Notho, Red-tailed Torquoise NothoNothobranchius patrizii - Patrizi's Notho, Red-tailed Torquoise NothoNothobranchius patrizii - Patrizi's Notho, Red-tailed Torquoise Notho
  • Scientific name: Nothobranchius patrizii
  • Common name: Patrizi's Notho, Red-tailed Torquoise Notho
  • Group: Killifish
  • Habitat: East Africa; northern coastal areas of eastern Kenya and the southeastern coastal areas of Somalia to the north.
  • Size: 5 cm
  • Biotope: Inhabits in the drainage areas of the Tana River
  • Social behavior: Generally a peaceful and active fish. Nothobranchius species usually occur in waters void of other fishes. They should be kept in a species tank in captivity. Nevertheless, housing them with not too active and similar sized fishes is possible.
  • Diet: Carnivorous; live foods of all kinds.
  • Breeding: Quite easy
  • Tank: Minimum 20 litres
  • Population: 1 pair for 25 litres
  • Decoration: Provide hiding places for the females so they are not constantly chased by the males in the display aquarium. Instead, it is preferable to keep the sexes separate. Direct light coming in from outside is not beneficial to this species, so try to avoid this. The fish also do not appreciate bright lighting. A thick cover in of floating plants will filter the light naturally. They do not like current.
  • Temperature: 23-28°C
  • pH: 6,5-7
  • Hardness: 4-14NK°
  • Lifespan: 1 years

Description: This is the northern most known Nothobranchius species of the east African coastal areas. It has special appear due to its beautiful, large unpaired fins. The males have a blue body with net design, formed by brown edges of the scales, that extends into the dorsal and anal fin. Especially the dorsal fin is strongly marbled. The tail fin to the caudal peduncle is a luminous red. The females are brown and have a delicate pattern of horizontal Vs on the posterior body made by darker edges on the scales.

Nothobranchius patrizii is not as aggressive towards females so that a longer breeding setup (about 1 week) becomes possible. One can also use a large tank and introduce a flat bowl (about 5 cm deep) of boiled peat. In this otherwise unfurnitured tank, a larger number of males and females are kept; best results are obtained if the majority are females. The animals will spawn in the peat which can be exchanged weekly. The peat, as is customary for all Nothobranchius species, is dried and water can be added after 8-12 weeks if warmer storage temperatures are used.

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