Notho Palmquisti
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Notho Palmquisti

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Notho Palmquisti

Nothobranchius palmqvisti

Native Location: Kenya, Tanzania

Climate: Tropical

Maximum Size: 4cm

Temperament: Moderate

Diet: Carnivore

Breeding: Difficult

Temperature Range: 24-29 (75-84)

Preferred pH Range: 5.0-6.0

Minimum Aquarium: 45cm x 25cm for a pair 

Potential Tankmates: Peaceful community fish of similar to larger size such as Congo tetras, Angelfish, dwarf cichlids and most catfish

Care Level: Moderate

Nothobranchius palmqvisti is a species of killifish found in swamps and intermittent freshwater marshes. We can quickly identify the males' thanks to their bright colours and vibrant patterns. Their colour and pattern will vary slightly depending on where these fish originate. Females, unfortunately, lack in this department and are pretty bland in appearance, with little or no colouration. 

While keeping these fish in pairs and their aquarium is best, we can house fully grown specimens in a peaceful community aquarium with few problems. Within this setting, target-feeding live foods such as daphnia or brine shrimp in a way that makes sure these small fish get enough food each time. 

They prefer live foods as their main diet. Providing them with a live food diet is crucial not just to improve the overall health of the fish but also if you attempt to breed them, live foods will increase the number of eggs produced. Flake or granule foods will also be accepted over time but should not become their primary diet.

These fish are soil spawners and lay their eggs straight on the aquarium substrate. Peat is a popular choice among breeders. It can be used as the substrate itself or placed in a tray. Parents will spawn a few eggs during every embrace, with embraces occurring reasonably frequently. Getting up to 100 eggs very quickly with the proper diet is possible. The peat must collect and dry until it is nice and soft but not 100% dry. The peat is then stored at a temperature between 26-28°C (78.8-82.4°F) for several weeks.

The age of the fish and temperature will determine the length of time required to allow eggs to become ready. To confirm the eggs are "ready", we can view them under a microscope. They should have a clearly visible eye surrounded by a gold ring. These eggs are called "eyed-up" and are ready to be hatched.

Once storing has been completed and the eyed-up eggs are prepared, we can peat is re-wet, and after roughly 2 hours, we can expect to see some fry begin to hatch. Always feed these little babies tiny food such as rotifers or vinegar eels. Once a few more days have passed, baby brine shrimp can be offered.

All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, we treat for any health issues that may occur during transport and ensure each fish is eating well and looking healthy.  All fish are treated with Flubendazole before finally going on sale. 


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