Beginners species

Epiplatys dageti monroviae
Epiplatys dageti monroviae

One of the few killifish that one can find more frequently in pet stores is the subspecies Epiplatys dageti monroviae, a nice looking Epiplatys whose males show a yellow/reddish throat.

We want to go into details here because its close relative, E. dageti dageti, is not as widespread, despite the fact that this one would also be quite recommendable to beginners.

Floating Valliseria, but also cushons of Riccia or Pistia with their long roots are its preferred zone. Even though from time to time it checks out the median or lower zones of the tank, it spends most of its time in the upper zone. Who for instance decides to use Riccia as surface vegetation does not need to anxious for offspring, there will always be some young specimens swimming up in the tank. Even those who operate their tanks with a foam matress filter (in German HMF for "Hamburger Mattenfilter"), should not abstain from looking behind the filter matress, the consistency of that filter material equally seems to be a preferred substratum for spawning. For intense reproduction, a wool mop floating at the surface or the well known synthetic spawning fibres swimming at the surface are recommended. The fry are big enough to be fed with brine shrimp nauplii.

Epiplatys dageti monroviae is not very demanding when it comes to water chemistry, he gets along with soft to medium hard water very well. Its temperature tolerance is also very obvious, 20 - 25°C (68 - 77°F) are easily tolerated. However, in this concern we know controversal opinions because time and again a very bad sex ratio of the offspring of this Epiplatys is discussed, and experienced breeders claim temperature to be the reason. However, as this can not be scientifically proven, we abstain from detailed recommendations because ones own experience seems to be the key to success.

Unlike many other killies, this Epiplatys can be adapted to flake food, but in all cases species-appropriate feeding with surface insects like for instance Drosophila (fruit flies) is to be preferred. With their upward mouth, these fish are masters of looting flies, collemboles, and anything else that falls on the water surface of the natural habitat. Of course also mosquito larvae are taken eagerly. Frozen food is an alternative to which these fish also get well accustomed to.

All in all, this is a really lovely and easy killi that not even causes problems when maintained together with other fish species. It is not particularly quarrelsome, but it does not vanish in a community tank and knows how to defend its position.