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Epiplatys dageti dageti
Epiplatys dageti monroviae
Epiplatys chaperi sheljuzhkoi
Origin: Liberia, Ghana, Ivory Coast
Biotope: Not specific
The female is slightly smaller and duller than the male. In addition, the male's anal fin is more pointed than the female's.
200 L / 44 imp gal / 53 US gal
T°: 24 to 26°C or 75 to 79°F
pH: 6 to 6.5
Hardness: 5 to 10°dGH
5 to 6cm (2 to 2.4")
3 to 4 years
How to feed the Epiplatys dageti?
It's an omnivorous fish. It is easy to feed and easily accepts what you offer them. However, they will show better natural instincts and a better shape if you feed them live or frozen prey. Give them artemia, mosquito larvae, mud worms... His preference? Small flies!
What kind of behavior does the Epiplatys dageti have?
For a Killi, this species is quite active. Young specimens in particular are social and lively.
Mature males are quite territorial and very insistent towards females. In fact, a ratio of one male to two females will be necessary in order not to deplete the females. Note that the older the males get, the more this aggressive temperament asserts itself towards both males and females.
They like to remain motionless for long periods of time, facing the current.
Who can live with the Epiplatys dageti?
As with most Killies, specific aquarium maintenance is recommended. However, note that this species is more "open" to cohabitation than its cousins. Thus, you can associate it with pairs of Pelvicachromis pulcher or Pelvicachromis subocellatus, Phenacogrammus interruptus (Congo tetra) or Microctenopoma ansorgii.
Gregarious, they need the presence of their congeners. They can live in harem of 3 specimens, but their behaviour will be more natural in larger groups of at least 6 individuals.
How to breed the Epiplatys dageti?
Breeding is easy for all aquarists. The fish are sexually mature at 5 months. The breeding period lasts 2 to 3 weeks, during which 10 to 20 eggs are laid per day. The water parameters for optimal reproduction are: temperature at 24/26°C (75/79°F) and pH at 6.5/7. Stimulate spawning by distributing live food in abundance and slightly increasing the temperature.
To maximize the breeding of your fish, prepare a small breeding aquarium of about 50L / 11 Imp Gal / 13 US Gal. Light is not obligatory but it is present, sieve it with floating plants. Introduce a lot of fine-leaved plants such as Java moss and mops floating on the surface. Finally, a small corner filter will ensure that the water is stirred.
You can either isolate 1 male for every 3 or 4 females in this aquarium and remove them after spawning, or remove the Java moss clumps or mops with eggs from the main tank as you spawn. Place the eggs in the rearing aquarium and keep them in the dark throughout the incubation period.
Hatching occurs 10 to 15 days after egg-laying. At birth, the young fry are already 1.5cm (0.4") long and generally remain close to the surface. There is predation between the fry: the larger fry will hunt the smaller ones. To avoid losses, sort your fry by size and distribute them in different aquariums. Overcrowding also prevents the proper development of your fry. Change the water up to 50% each week to keep a good quality (take advantage of this to siphon food leftovers to the bottom). Growth is rather fast and sexual dimorphism can appear as early as 8 weeks (males have red throats).
Fry food: infusoria, paracemia for 2 to 3 days then microwaves, artemia or cyclops nauplia, fry powder... Ideally, meals are distributed in several times throughout the day.
Which aquarium for the Epiplatys dageti?
In terms of volume, a larger aquarium is required than for other Killies species because the males are quite territorial and share the same living area: just below the surface. Therefore, space is needed.
This fish can be found in fresh, shallow water (usually puddles, ditches or pools). Its natural environment is rich in vegetation, especially water lilies.
For its aquarium, it will be necessary to find a balance between well planted areas that reassure the fish, and free-swimming areas just below the water surface. Why not install islands of floating plants? This species is particularly fond of Java moss. Complete with roots or branches to provide hiding places for fish.
The lighting should not be too strong as these fish do not appreciate bright light (take this into account when choosing your plants).
For the soil, sand from the Loire will do the trick. For a more natural look, do not hesitate to line the floor with some dried oak leaves for example.
Concerning the maintenance and cleanliness of the water, Epyplatis prefer aged water. Thus, you can change the water only once a month, for 25 to 50% of the volume. As far as filtration is concerned, it must not generate too much current so as not to exhaust your fish.
Like all Killies, this species is capable of jumping out of the water frequently. Remember to cover your aquarium and protect your lighting system.
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Two subspecies are allowed:
- Epiplatys dageti dageti: red throat and irregular black stripes
- Epiplatys dageti monroviae (formerly Epiplatys chaperi): pink/orange throat and regular black stripes
Its name "Epiplatys" comes from the combination of the Greek words "epi" which means top and "platys" which means flat, a very appropriate name for this fish with a flattened forehead!
Robust, this fish can be kept by beginner aquarists.
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