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NOTHOBRANCHIUS GUENTHERI (Pfeffer 1893)
 
BREEDING & MAINTENANCE
     The aquarium form has been established for many years and the occasional importation is essentially the same.  Occasionally sports with more red in the anal fin and the body appear.  Hobbyists have bred a primarily blue form.

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DIFFICULTY: Easy – Excellent species for a beginner to get his/her feet wet with annuals.

AVAILABILITY: Common

INCUBATION: 2-3 Months

BREEDING TECHNIQUE:  Standard Annual Breeding techniques.  Two to three inches of spawning material in a container (bowl or weighted plastic box) should suffice.  Remove the spawning media once a week and process it to be incubated. (You can find an article on this on the Nothobranchius data base main page.

FEEDING: In nature, N. guentheri feeds primarily on mosquito larvae.  While mosquito larvae make for an occasional meal, it is not something you want to introduce into your fish room.  Live foods are by far the best option.  White and Black worms, brine shrimp (and nauplii) as well as daphnia work very well.  Sometimes N. guentheri will take dry foods, but it is not something recommended.   

Nothobranchius guentheri is located on the island of Zanzibar.  Despite some references in the past, it is not found on the mainland of Tanzania.  N. guentheri has been confused with N. melanospilus in the past, but the two species are significantly different in both appearance and behavior.

 

 

TAXONOMIC DATA
Scientific name: Nothobranchius guentheri     Family: Nothobranchiidae     Class: Actinopterygii     Phylum: Chordate    Order: Cyprinodontiformes
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