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Killies I am currently Keeping
This is a list of the current Killies that I am keeping.

If interested please conact me at info%killifish.com (Replace the % with @)



Africans
Aphyosemion australe Orange
Aphyosemion bitaeniatum Ijebu-Ode
Aphyosemion bitaeniatum Lagos Red
Aphyosemion cameronense
Aphyosemion exigoideum BWW 00-3
Aphyosemion fulgens LEC 93-7
Aphyosemion labarrei Kingembe AVD2011
Aphyosemion plagitaenium Epoma RPC 91/1
Aphyosemion rectogoense PEG 05-07
Aphyosemion striatum
Aphyosemion thysi COFE 2010/13
Fundulopanchax amieti
Fundulopanchax fallax
Fundulopanchax gresensi
Fundulopanchax sjoestedt Niger Delta
Fundulopanchax sjoestedt USA
Fundulopanchax spoorenbergi
N. Ruudwaldikampi MBEZI River TNZ 09/8

South American
Austrolebias nigripinnis "Villa Soriano"
Laimosemion xiphidius FBS 95-2
Laimosemion mahdiaensis GUY 97-05

US Native
Fundulus olivaceus
Kryptolebias marmoratus

Posted: 05/31/13 12:00 AM

Betta Macrostoma

Hey all,

Just received 2 pair of Betta Macrostomas and 3 additional females. I am going to give these guys a shot and see if I can breed them. This is a fish I have had on my radar for several years. They were expensive, but they are gorgeous fish.

 

www.ibcbettas.org/smp/species/macrostoma.html



Posted: 01/12/12 04:57 PM

Tanganyikan Killi

I worked with the Tanganyikan killifish (Lamprichthys tanganicanus) back in the 1980's. This is a beautiful fish and being in Southern California, the water from the tap was perfect for these fish, as well as all the African Rift Lake cichlids. Working at a LFS at the time, these fish were not to be had. I joined the AKA and found a listing for eggs, but no fish. I contacted the seller and he informed me that these fish do not ship well and eggs were the way to go. I ordered about 40 eggs and had about a 75% hatch rate. The eggs take about 2 weeks to hatch at 78 degrees and you need to tumble them. As soon as they hatch they will eat BBS, Microworms and crushed flake. I kept them in a 20 gallon tank, which was fine for growing them to about an 1 1/2 to 2 inches, but after that 30 or so fish need larger accommodations. The fish I had were spawning on a regular basis and I was using a pipette to collect the eggs from the bottom of the tank. I had a small rock pile in the tank and this is where all eggs were deposited. Some got into the cracks of the rocks and hardened so they could not be extracted. I probably had about  40 babies swimming in a net breeder I had placed in the parents tank.

 

Well life happened and I moved on. I ended up moving from SoCal and there went the breeding that I had been doing. Now I am back with about 20 fry which I hatched from eggs and hopefully will get to start a colony. I will keep you posted.

 



Posted: 01/12/12 07:17 AM

45 Years of Hi Fin Swordtail History and Breeding

Original article can be found here  From Select Aquatics 

 

In 1965, I visited a small tropical fish store on the east side of Houston, Texas -- Graham's Guppy Harbor. Mr. Graham had converted the large garage behind his house into a small tropical fish store. By the name, it is easy to guess that Mr. Graham specialized in guppies. He was one of the first serious breeders, on a large scale, of show quality veil and delta tail guppies in Houston. Mr. Graham had placed an ad in the local newspaper selling his guppies and I asked my father to take me to buy a pair of Mr. Graham's green delta tail guppies. While looking over all the aquariums full of fish I stopped before a tank of swordtails the likes of which I had never seen. These brick red swordtails did not have the usual dorsal fins, but rather huge sails flowing down their backs. The label on the tank read: Simpson Hi Fin Red Swordtails $6.98 a pair. I was transfixed before this tank. These fish were gorgeous. I wanted a pair and I offered to skip the guppies, but the price tag was just too big and I had to leave empty handed. Mr. Graham tried to ease my disappointment by telling me that the fish in the tank were the leftovers of the shipment and that I should come back when the next group arrived. He said that there were always a few males in each shipment that would just knock my socks off. I took my guppies and left, knowing I woul ... More

Posted: 01/10/12 06:21 AM