Meaning of the word:
shiny, branchius= branchia, rachovi: dedicated to A. Rachow
A= 15-16, LL= 25-27
caming from Beira ( Mozambico ) from alluvial plain of Zambesi river and from
Pungwe rivers, from seasonal pool along coastal plain from Quelimane in
Mozambico to north-east of Kruger National park in the Republic of South Africa,
where it often collected together with a N. orthonotus.
reach 5 cm while female is just a more little.
male is without any doubt one of the most coloured fish in itís species. The
body is orange and blue metallic ; the unequal fins are deeply blue and the
caudal fin finishes with two borders, one orange and the other one black.
colouring of the species in the south area is less intense and the colour base
is brownish colour. On the male one of the two colours predominates, depends
from the origin : if is predominant the colour orange-red we can talk of
ďredĒ stock , while is the blue with turquoise shading
who prevails we can talk of ďblueĒ stock. The different colouring is
much more noted on odd fins.
female is grey-pink and definitely much more pink, shining then the other
species of Nothobranchius.
can not be breed in a community aquarium as it needs of water with a high
percentage of sea salt
so a conductivity from a minimum of 800-1200 mS
(micro Siemens ) to over 2000 mS
in order to avoid Oodiniumís attack and to maintain a perfect vitality and
can prepare a tank with 20 litres of water duly filtered for some days with the
peat and salt. We donít introduce either gravel or fitting out, itís enough
an internal filter, in air order to maintain clear the water. In this way
breeding tank can be utilize for the reproduction. In the little tank we can
breed both couple or trio or a
numerous group of male and female never two couples as the males will fight
until the dead. The breeding doesnít present particular problems, itís very
important to respect the two principals rules: deep freeze food and live in big
quantities ( please do not use dry food ) frequently partial change of water
with a little tube of aerator ( which permit a slowly change of the new water )
with the same temperature of that used for the breeding 26-28 grades.
the reproduction we utilize a tank of 5-10 litres with the water of breeding
tank,; as a substratum we use a sheet of garden peat of 2.5 cm not fertilized.
In order to sink the peat we need to prepare a pail with hot water on
which you have to rub the peat with your hands. After one week the substratum is
ready for the Notho. The peat has to be rinse in a sieve to clear it from piece
extremely thin. After two weeks of reproduction, take off the substratum with
the eggs ( before, transfer the reproducing in an another thank with water of
reproduction tanks and adding new one).
peat took off has to be lightly pressed in a sieve with close mesh and gently
opened on a paper in order to dry it up ( like humid tobacco ) then we transfer
it inside a plastic pocket. If preserve it at a temperature of 24-28 grades eggs
will hatch after 3 months but it always better to control them.
Spent the hatching we take a little tank of 5-10 litres, we put inside
the peat and we add old water about 4-5 cm with a temperature of 15-18 grades
with the same hardest of the deposition. After some hours will start the hatch.
The little fishes have to be feeded twice per day with BBS just born. Every
three days you have to add old water in order to filled up the little tank in
ten days. After 10-15 days transfer the little fishes in a tank of 20 litres
with an internal filter in air order filled before with the same water of the
little tank and then very carefully with new one. In 40-60 days the young Notho
colour up and are able to feed with deep freeze brine shrimp. The peat utilized
for the hatching have to by dry several time and itís possible to hatch after