Rachovi Killifish

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Latin name: (Nothobranchius rachovii)

Care Level





Black, Blue, Red



Preferred Conditions


Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

20 gallons



The Rachovi Killifish, also known as the Bluefin Notho, is a captivating species that is native to the temporary water holes, ditches, and marshes of Africa. With its vibrant blue, red, and black tail and fins, the males of this species are especially eye-catching. In contrast, the females are much more subdued in color. This species is excellent for the community aquarium, as it is known to add color and activity. Furthermore, despite its name, this fish is not a true killer, and can peacefully coexist with other aquatic life in the aquarium.

This hardy fish, the Rachovi Killifish, is an ideal choice for any aquarist. It can adapt to a range of water conditions, making it an easy choice for novice and experienced aquarium keepers alike. Additionally, the Rachovi Killifish does best in heavily planted aquariums, and a slightly acidic, soft water environment. By providing these conditions, you can ensure that your fish will be healthy and happy in their home.

Killifish have some unusual rearing techniques. A breeding tank is ideal with a 2 to 3 inch layer of peat at the bottom. The fish will bury the eggs in the peat. After spawning remove the peat that contain the eggs, and press out any excess water, and place the moist peat and egg mixture in a plastic bag or sealed jar for 4 to 6 months at room temperature. After this time, add tank water back to the peat to hatch the fry. Place the fry in a small holding tank and feed the newborn fish live baby brine shrimp.

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