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Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Scientific name: Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Common name: Blue lyretail
Usual size in fish tanks: 5 - 6 cm (1.97 - 2.36 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 19°N (107.14 - 339.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 25 °C (71.6 - 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: Bottom levels
Food and feeding
Blue lyretail will accept all live foods like white worms, brine shrimp, and tubifex. Also feed with a quality flake.
Africa; Blue lyretail is found in the tributaries and marshes of Nigeria and Cameroon.
The male will be more brightly colored than the female with red spots running through his body. The tips of the dorsal, anal, and caudal fins will be tinged with yellow. Females tend to be duller in coloration with brown spots running through the body.
Add a 2-3 inch layer of peat to the bottom of the breeding tank; the fish will then bury their eggs in the substrate. When spawning is complete, remove the peat with the eggs and squeeze out some of the water. The peat is then stored in a plastic bag for 3 weeks at room temperature. Add water after this time to induce the hatching and the fry can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.
The expected life span for Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri is 2-3 years.
The Blue Lyre tail can adapt to different water conditions but does prefer softer water. They do require a planted tank.