Striped Panchax (Epiplatys dageti)
Striped Panchax, also known as Red-Striped Killifish, is a small, attractive killifish that sports a vibrant color palette and striking patterns. These fish display dark horizontal stripes on their body, accented by a vivid red stripe along the top and bottom of their silver and golden-brown body.
Striped Panchax typically grows to about 2.4 inches in length and are known for their peaceful and somewhat shy demeanor. In terms of compatibility, they can coexist with other peaceful, similarly-sized fish that share their preference for soft water conditions. However, they should not be housed with fin nippers or aggressive species. Striped Panchax prefers to live in small groups of at least 6 to 8 individuals.
These carnivorous fish have a diet mainly consisting of small insects, crustaceans, and worms. They will also accept high-quality flake or pellet foods but should be provided with live or frozen foods to supplement their diet and maintain optimal health.
When setting up a tank for Striped Panchax, aim for a densely planted environment with ample hiding spaces created by driftwood, caves, and rocks. A dark, sandy substrate is ideal for bringing out their vibrant colors. Floating plants should be incorporated to create shade and subdued lighting. Include low-light aquatic plants like Java Fern, Java Moss, or Anubias, and floating plants such as Water Sprite or Indian Fern.
Water quality should be maintained with gentle filtration and regular water changes. The minimum aquarium size is 10 gallons, with an ideal community tank size of 20 gallons or more. Maintain a pH of 6.0-7.0, a hardness between 5-12 dGH, and a temperature range of 72-77°F (22-25°C).
A tight-fitting lid is essential, as these fish are known jumpers.
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