Fundulopanchax sjostedti USA blue

6. November 2009

Killis represent the most colourful fish in the World. One of the most beautiful among them is Fundulopanchax sjostedti (formerly Aphyosemion s.). Initially this fish originates from Eastern Cameroon and Western Nigeria.
This species belongs to the largest species of killifish. Males can reach a total length around 12 cm! The adult male depicted here is only 6 months old. The reason why F. sjostedti is such a rariety in aquaria: males are extremely quarrelsome against each other. The strain “USA blue” is an exception from that rule: even males are – compared with other strains of F. sjostedti – really lamblike.
Our breeder revealed us a trick: the fish should be kept and bred at temperatures as low as 21°C. Higher temperatures, as recommended for other strains of the species, do not well for “USA blue”.
The species ´ name has to be written sjostedti (with o), not sjoestedti (with oe). Initially the species was described as sjöstedti. However, the rules for zoological names say that only latin letters without any special signs must be used. The “ö” in sjöstedti is not identical with the German umlaut and thus it must not be emended to sjoestedti.
For our customers: The animals have code 314103 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Nachzucht / bred
Verfügbare Größe in cm 4-5