June 23, 2017
Hello, my name is Dom. I have been in the aquarium hobby, both salt and fresh water (community and planted) for some time now and want to try my hand with with these amazing killifish. I currently have a 400 gallon saltwater aquarium, 75gallon planted aquarium (under maintance) 20gallon planted tank and 10 gallon community tank. I've been interested in getting a killi setup going for sometime now and finally have made some room in my fish room to get started. I have been looking in to the Nothos. to start off with but cannot for the life of me find a reputable source in which to obtain them besides buying the eggs off of eBay which I'm not entirely too sure about. To sum up this rant, I'm completely green as to keeping killies (except for the golden wonders I have in my 20gallon) and want to dive into keeping killies. Any tips, tricks, or general knowledge on obtaining and keeping these amazing fish would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and god bless.
August 5, 2016
Wow. First let me welcome you to the Killifish Hobby!
I think my first suggestion is to choose a fairly simple pair of killies. so you can experience breeding them with success. Then you can move on to more difficult ones. High on my list would be most of the Fundulopanchax gardneri group. They breed in simple mops and eggs take about 3-4 weeks to hatch. Simply place the eggs in some sort of container (butter bowl, etc) and let them incubate. You will see the fry develop inside the shell and finally hatch. Feed them newly hatch brine shrimp or micro worms the first coupe of weeks and as they grow you can add larger foods and try to switch them over to frozen and perhaps dry foods.
What you will find with Killies is that small tanks are fine 2-1/2 to 5 gallons are perfect to breed pairs and larger tanks to raise them. I have a mix of tanks from 2-1.2 to 30 gallon in my fish room and even larger for community tanks in my living room. Personally I love large tanks with species that will become a breeding community and maintain a population without any extra work on my part. (I am lazy at times). Currently I am doing this in a 30 with Epi. annulatus and Aplo. normanni sharing the tank.