Epiplatys bifasciatus is a very shy fish that needs an aquarium that is densely planted on the edges and background so that it can hide between those plants. A lot of free swimming space must be left open in the middle. Since it is a good jumper, an aquarium lid is a requirement. With the slightest disorder, the animals are startled and then don’t show up for a long time.
Synonyms: Haplochilus bifasciatus, Aplocheilus bifasciatus, Epiplatys bifasciatus bifasciatus, Panchax bifasciatus, Haplochilus baudoni, Epiplatys baudoni, Panchax baudoni, Panchax taeniatus, Epiplatys bifasciatus taeniatus, Panchax steindachneri, Epiplatys steindachneri, Epiplatys ndelensis, Epiplatys longianalis.
Africa; Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Guinee, Cameroon, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Togo, Chad, Senegal and Sudan.
Epiplatys bifasciatus prefer live foods. Small (wingless) fruitflies and small moths should be on their diet.
Breeding Epiplatys bifasciatus
Breeding Epiplatys bifasciatus is not difficult. Even in a not too densely populated aquarium with enough fine leaved plants, a few young ones regularly appear. If you want to breed them in larger numbers, a pair must be housed in a breeding aquarium. The eggs are laid and fertilized in fine-leafed plants such as Java Moss. These eggs can be removed and placed in an incubator with an antifungal. As soon as the fry have hatched they can start eating newly hatched brine shrimp. They grow fast.
Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie