Fish Folk Posted December 20, 2022 Share Posted December 20, 2022 (edited) I have tried, with varied success, to be a “Guppy Guy,” a “Betta Breeder,” a “Discus Dude,” and even an “Apisto Artisan.” I love NANF — and will gladly admit to being a “NANF NERM.” But the fish that keep turning my head are Killis. I’m beginning to own the title of “Killi Keeper” with increasing passion. Several years ago, a fellow fish club member offered a trio of Killis in exchange for a gift of Brilliant Rasboras my son had bred and raised. They were Fundulopanchax scheeli. I totally fell down a NERM-hole over those. From the initial three fish, I bred and grew out an entire colony. We sold them off, but saved a few young ones. Now I’m starting with these again. Here’s my young male, raring to go. F. scheeli are not annuals. They live awhile. Like their chunkier cousins the F. gardneri, they can find a place in certain community tank setups. But in the last year, I did tackle Annuals. They live in wild bursts of desire — only 6-18 months. After some misfires, I managed to breed and hatch out a lively little batch of Nothobranchius guentheri. After the Christmas shipping crunch, I’ll probably be selling a few pairs. They’re short-lived. So breeding is a must. What really hooked me on annuals was the Nothobranchius rachovii. I finally got some from a Killi breeder driving through my area. No words can convey the vibrancy of these colors properly. But one must be very patient. These may well die before you can hatch their eggs. The eggs must go through a protracted dry season. I will begin trying to hatch my eggs I pulled from these in February, 2023. Just last week, I bought a pair of Fundulopanchax sjostedti. Today, I was thrilled to catch them gorging on Bug Bites Tropical formula. Long wait — they’re only 2-months old — but looking forward to breeding these. Now, as if to taunt me, YouTube has cued up another stunning Killi for me to absolutely fixate on. Check out these Aphyosemion striatum gems… They look like … Zebra Danios on LSD! And honestly, not hard to breed at all. I don’t even know how to process this… What makes this worse is that I know exactly where to get a top notch breeding group of the golden-morph Aphyosemion australe. And they’re so vibrant… Add to this other sensory overloads from stunning New World killis like the Austrolebius nigripinnis… Bottom line… I think I’m called-out. Wish I could say I’d be able to resist, but I think I’m on an inevitable cycle that ends in Killis. They’re great for small aquariums. And nothing their size competes well for nuanced color combined with interesting personality. I do admire other fish I’ve kept and bred! But strangely enough, Killis keep coming back to the front burner. Hope some of you will get intrigued. I’m really going to have some to sell before long… Edited December 20, 2022 by Fish Folk 3 13 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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