Saturday, January 29, 2011

Episode 15 - Killifish: Small, Secret Gems of the Aquarium World

Killifish are beautiful, small-bodied fish found in many areas around the world, including in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. They are, as a group, one of the aquarium industry's hidden gems. 

In Episode 15, we speak with Charlie Nunziata, a killifish expert who has been an active aquarium hobbyist for more than 45 years. Charlie is a life-long member of the American Killifish Association, through which he has been awarded numerous honors. If you haven't listened to Episode 15 yet, be sure to do it asap!

Here are some pictures of beautiful killifish of all ages!

 Aphyosemion australe orange  
The orange also called the gold form of Aphyosemion australe. A common plant spawning killifish.
 Photo by Dr. Anthony Terceira

 Fundulopanchax gardneri Jose Plateau
A very common plant spawner, and easy to breed and maintain. 
Photo by Dr. Anthony Terceira

Nothobranchius guentheri  
The most common soil spawning killifish in the hobby, and the easiest to maintain and breed.
Photo by Dr. Anthony Terceira.

Nothobranchius guentheri  pair in spawning embrace.  
Photo by Dr. Anthony Terceira

N. guentheri embryonated egg.   
This egg incubated about 4 months and is ready to hatch. Full development of the eye, a gold rim around the iris and pigmentation on the head are all indicators that the eggs are ready to hatch.
Photo by Charlie Nunziata.

Lucania goodei Morris Bridge
A very common plant spawning North American native  killifish, found throughout Florida.  

Photo by Dr. Anthony Terceira

 Jordanella floridae pair
A very common plant spawning North American native  killifish, found throughout Florida.
Photo by Dr. Anthony Terceira 


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