Killies I kept
I primarily raised Aphyosemion and Epiplatys. Also
a few Fundulopanchax and S. A. annuals. I used to have around
70 to 80 varieties of killies at any given time, but only a dozen
or so available. Due to health problems of my wife, the fish have
tanen a back seat and I have only a few species now.
Most of my breeder males are pictured on this website in
photo links. All of the photos are of my fish and were taken by me. I will
be adding photos as I have time to take more.
are photos of my 3 fishrooms.
main room, containined about 80 tanks, is a 13'X12' corner of
the basement where my furnace is located. The room held most of
my breeding tanks, fry tanks and RO water supply. Initially I
had to add an air conditioner to cool the room for some of the
cold water fish like striatum and ogoense to get any eggs at all,
but eventually I added a new cold room,
The second room
(Laundry Room) has one long wall of 20 gal tanks for raising fry and keeping larger
The third room, formerly a garage
filled with junk (could not fit a car anyway), was air conditioned
in the summer for cold water species and contained 50 tanks.
It is plumbed with RO, but I am using a container for interim storage
to let the water cool off. At last I had an array of tanks
with a face on view and at viewing height! Currently
owever the room has two walls of empty tanks, none in the center
and none on the outside wall.
I have been in fishkeeping
on and off for over 50 years and my primary love has always been
killies. Got my first ones (E.dageti, Rivulus cylindraceus and
A.australe) around 1954 when I was 11. Before that my dad
got me a 5 gal tank in which I had the typical live bearers and
some white cloud mountainfish. Also got a 15 gal which I had a
pair of Egyptian Mouthbreeders and had housed several species
over a few year period before finding australe and falling in
love with killies. I am currently a member of the AKA and GPASI.
Email me with any questions you have about keeping killies (please
check my aritcles at the left first to get some background and
possibly the answers instantly) , or for information on fish I
currently have available for sale. I'm certainly no expert but
I can at least tell you what I have experienced.
photographs, I use a Nikon D100 with two different lenses. One is a 60 mm Micro-nikor
and the other a 105 mm Micro-nikor. I use on camera flash. Most photos are "in
tank" as I prefer to shoot that way. Some of the older photos on the site
were taken with a Nikon Coolbpix. As you might note many are blurred. If you want
good photos, the best way to go is with a single lens reflex and macro lens. Hand
focus, not autofocus. With autofocus, sometimes by the time the camera settles
down due to glass reflection of the autofocus, the fish may have died of old age.
A digital is great as it saves enough money in wasted film to cover the cost of
a good digital camera and lens.
you want to ask questions about anything please read my beginners guide for many
answers. If you don't find a good answer there, just email me at... email@example.com
and I will try to help. This is not an
email link due to such overwhelming spam email so you wil have to type it in your
Pittsburgh Area Killifish Association
to American Killifish Association
to a great information page
Oddball Aquatics-Several varieties of
fish including some really rare corydoras,
killies and apistos.
reliable fish source
Killies Curt was a great South American
Annual breeder in eastern Ohio. He is missed in the hobby by his many friends
Addis (west african killie site) is now available on the AKA
web site at http://www.aka.org/wak/index.htm. Has great info on
codes and locations of African species
Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society Incorporated-General freshwater
aquarium club in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.