Golden Panchax
Behaviour Peaceful, slow moving surface dweller
Typical size 8cm
Max size 10cm
Tank Area Top
Min Tank Size 75cm
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Floating foods, live & frozen foods
pH Range 5.5-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h,vh
Golden panchax Aplocheilus lineatus
  • Golden panchax Aplocheilus lineatus - thumbnail
  • Golden panchax Aplocheilus lineatus - thumbnail

Golden Panchax

Aplocheilus lineatus

The Golden Panchax is an excellent surface dwelling fish for peaceful communities. The fish has a unique appearance thanks to its reflective scales, shape, and unusual mouth which appears to 'grin'. These are natural surface dwellers and will rarely swim down, so surface foods are important, as well as cover such as floating plants, tall plants, or decor at the surface. An interesting feature of this fish is a large reflective scale on the top of the head, which is used in the wild to attract insects for food. Golden panchax's are robust and adaptable and will do well in a suitable aquarium environment.

Family Aplocheilidae (Killifishes) | Synonyms Haplochilus playfairii, Panchax playfairii, Pachypanchax playfairii, Panchax lineatus, Haplochilus lineatus, Panchax rubrostigma, Aplocheilus rubrostigma | Other names Golden wonder, Striped panchax, Sparkling panchax | Origin Asia; India, Sri Lanka | Breeding Egg scatterer | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-8, soft to hard | Natural Habitat Fresh and brackish ponds and small waterways | Sexing Males have a more intense colour, mature males may show some orange on fins

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