facts on Fundulopanchax nigerianum gardneri
Western Africa: Nigeria, Western Cameroon. Lot of local strains are
reported; so take care to avoid, as much as possible, any sort of
Actual size doesn’t reallly matter. I’m currently keeping a quartet
(1M/3F) in a 30 lt tank (about 8 US gals). The tank is aquascaped
with small sized (grains) gravel, bogwood and some plants: Anubia
barteri (dwarf), Microsorium pteropus (should be java fern) and
chemistry: Temp: 22 to 25° C; pH 6.7; GH 5 –8. May be my actual values are NOT that
I’ve spotted a lot of courting (and likely spawning) activity in my
tank with no “results” since I couldn’t find any eggs. However, it
is important to note that eggs are 1mm in size and amber in colour;
this says it all... I’ve been advised to put a pair in a small (!)
tank (about 5 lt) with soft water and peat “flakes” at the bottom,
leave the two fellows there for a week or so and then remove them.
Eggs (if actually laid) should hatch in a couple of weeks or so.
Must give this hint a try, sooner or later.
It’s a carnivore. He will – eagerly - accept frozen food (artemia,
daphnia, bloodworms) plus pellets, and flakes (stay on the “beefy”
side of the matter).
Aggressive and intolerant toward other males (mine has killed two
similars!). It should do well with fishes of similar size, thriving
in the same water (I refer to water chemistry)
Because of the political situation in that area of Africa and the
high probability of habitat destruction each given fish should be
considered as an asset; and not only for the hobby. Wild specimens
are - for the reasons mentioned earlier, EXTREMELY rare to find in
I regret having to inform you that I have lost the male and two
females during a horrible “heat-wave” that hit Italy in middle July
2001. Such things happen, as you can see, also in the so called best
of families …