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Epiplatys annulatus (Rocket Panchax)
This is a small surface-dwelling species from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In spite of their small size, the males will fight, so a small group or 1 male with 2 females and some plant cover in the upper water area are the best options.
Water requirements are fairly broad, being soft and slightly acid (pH 6.5 - 7.0) at temperatures between 72ºF and 80ºF. Both sexes have the black and white vertical bands on their bodies, but the males have red and dark blue-black dorsal and anal fins and a red and blue 'flame' pattern on their tail. The females have less pointed, almost colourless fins
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
They will reach a size of up to 4 cm (females tend to be smaller), but will breed at half this size. Most foods will be accepted including fine dried foods (preferably the type that floats), although they prefer live or frozen food. Once the food has reached the bottom of the aquarium it is unlikely to be eaten.
A well furnished breeding tank of about 2 gallons containing water maintained at the upper temperature range with a pair or trio (1
male and 2 females) should spawn readily. The tiny transparent eggs, which are only about 0.5 mm in diameter, are laid in the tops of floating or fine-leafed plants or breeding mops and can be moved to a separate tank with 5cm depth of water from the parents' tank to avoid risk of predation by the parents on hatching. The fry should emerge in 8 to 10 days and will require
infusoria for the first few days, followed by microworm until they are big enough to take newly hatched brine shrimp and some finely powdered foods.