The golden sport of Aplocheilus lineatus is very popualr in the aquarium hobby and the only member of the genus that can be found on a regular basis in the petshops. The reason for that is quite simple: the golden sport exhibits even as a small juvenile (3-5 cm length) already the attractive coloration, while wild coloured Striped Panchaxes of that size have still a dull grey colour.
Aplocheilus lineatus is one of the few species of killifish that are well suited for a community tank. They can be properly fed with dried food and invigorate the upper part of the water column. However, one should keep in mind that A. lineatus can grow to a length of about 10 cm. Larger Striped Panchax feed also on small fish. So one should choose only fish larger than 5 cm as tankmates to avoid this. A. lineatus can live for many years in the aquarium. Like all species of that kind they are excellent jumpers. So the keeper has to ensure that the tank is perfectly covered.
For our customers: the fish have code 303611 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer