Fundulopanchax walkeri (formerly: Aphyosemion w.)

12. April 2024

The 6-7 cm long killifish Fundulopanchax walkeri was once very popular and widespread among enthusiasts of this group of fish, although it was not introduced to aquariums until 1952. This beautiful fish originates from Ghana, where it lives in the jungle. Geographically, the occurrence of F. walkeri is remarkable, as it is the only species of its kin group that occurs west of the so-called Dahomey Gap (a dry savannah zone). Although the habitat of F. walkeri is tropical and humid, the eggs undergo a long development, which is typical for species whose habitat dries out from time to time. The eggs are only ready to hatch two to three months after being laid.

Unfortunately, Fundulopanchax walkeri is rarely offered at the moment; we last had it here 8 years ago. We are delighted to finally see this old companion again. Incidentally, the animals are fully grown captive-bred specimens. In contrast to many other killies, F. walkeri can also be kept in cleverly set up and stocked community aquaria. Co-inhabitants should be calm and peaceful. The aquarium should not be too brightly lit and should have dense plant growth and a dark substrate. The water temperature should be in the range of 22-24°C, although higher or slightly lower temperatures can be tolerated from time to time. However, this should not be a permanent condition. The killies prefer strong food, i.e. frozen and live food, but will also accept dry food.

For our customers: the fish have code 316003 on our stock list. Please note that we only supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer