Norman's Lampeye Killifish

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Norman's Lampeye Killifish, scientifically known as Aplocheilichthys normani, is a captivating and diminutive freshwater fish species that hails from the rivers and streams of West Africa. This fish is a favorite among aquarists for its striking appearance and peaceful nature, making it an excellent addition to community aquariums.

  1. Appearance: Norman's Lampeye Killifish is a small fish, typically reaching a maximum length of about 1.5 inches (3.8 cm). Their elongated bodies are adorned with an array of vibrant colors. The most distinguishing feature of this species is its bright, neon-like, iridescent blue or green eyes. These striking eyes add a unique and captivating element to their overall appearance. The body is typically translucent with a silvery sheen, and males often display more intense colors and elongated fins.

  2. Behavior: These fish are known for their peaceful and non-aggressive temperament. They are a perfect choice for community aquariums, as they coexist well with other small, non-aggressive species. Norman's Lampeye Killifish are generally shy and tend to stay close to cover, such as plants or driftwood, in the aquarium. They are not known to engage in territorial disputes or harass tankmates.

  3. Habitat: In their native West African habitat, these fish are typically found in slow-moving or stagnant waters, including small streams and seasonal pools. They are adapted to environments with dense vegetation and prefer aquariums with similar features. Providing live plants, driftwood, and hiding spots will help these fish feel secure in captivity.

  4. Water Parameters: Norman's Lampeye Killifish thrive in slightly acidic to neutral water conditions with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.0 and a temperature range between 72°F to 78°F (22°C to 26°C). A well-maintained and filtered aquarium with regular water changes is essential for their well-being.

  5. Diet: In the wild, these fish are omnivorous, feeding on small aquatic insects, crustaceans, and plant matter. In captivity, they readily accept a diet of high-quality flake or pellet food, supplemented with live or frozen foods like daphnia, brine shrimp, and micro-worms to ensure a balanced diet.

  6. Reproduction: Norman's Lampeye Killifish are known for their unique breeding behavior. They lay their eggs among the aquatic plants, where the male guards and cares for them. Breeding can be encouraged by simulating the natural conditions they prefer and providing plenty of hiding places.

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