Aphyosemion Bivittatum Lagos

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Splendid killifish - Aphyosemion splendopleure

Scientific name: Aphyosemion splendopleure

Common name: Splendid killifish

Family: Nothobranchiidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 5 - 6 cm (1.97 - 2.36 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.7 - 7.3

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 7 - 15°N (125 - 267.86ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 23 - 25 °C (73.4 - 77°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Africa

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Splendid killifish can be a bit picky about which foods they will accept. Most will accept quality flake or small granules but they do need live or frozen foods in the form of blood worms, grindal worms and black worms.


Africa; Splendid killifish are found in the waterways of Cameroon.


Males will have elongated fins that are covered in spots and have a yellow border to them. The males will display with these to the females and to other males.


Add spawning mops or Java moss to the tank and these will be used for the eggs to be deposited on. Once spawning is complete, the medium can be moved to either another tank or a small container. The medium is placed on a layer of peat and when the eyes of the fry are visible the eggs are placed back into water for hatching.


The expected life span for Splendid killifish is 3-5 years.

Short description

Aphyosemion splendopleure are a very peaceful species of fish that prefer to be kept in pairs. Regular water changes are required but they are very easy to keep happy.