Epiplatys dageti – Redchin Panchax

Young fishes of the Redchin Panchax or Epiplatys dageti are lively and tolerant but when they get older they become intolerant.

Description

Epiplatys dageti – Redchin Panchax

Young fishes of the Redchin Panchax or Epiplatys dageti are lively and tolerant but when they get older they become intolerant and they attack every other fish in the neighbourhood and become predatory. The aquarium should be planted densely on the sides and background. In the middle you should leave enough free swimming space. A dark substrate and some floating plants are appreciated.

Synonyms: Aplocheilus dageti, Epiplatys dageti dageti, Poecilia sexfasciata, Lycocyprinus sexfasciatus, Epiplatys dageti monroviae, Aplocheilichthys spilauchen, Epiplatys sexfasciatus, Haplochilus sexfasciatus, Haplochilus infrafasciatus, Epiplatys chaperi, Haplochilus chaperi, Panchax chaperi

This species was first described by Poll in 1953.

Origin

Africa; Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia.

Diet

They are omnivorous but the prefer live food. When they get older they even eat small fish.

Breeding Epiplatys dageti – Redchin Panchax

Breeding is easy. The breeding tank should be somewhat darkened and planted wilt fine leaved plants such as Riccia fluitans. 200-300 eggs are laid and fertilized during a long period between those plants. After spawning the plants with the eggs should be removed to a separate aquarium.  After 8-10 days the eggs hatch. You should feed the young fishes with small dustfood such as paramecia and rotifers.

Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLvxAeLjMYQ

Author

Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie

Copyright images

John de Lange

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