Fp.kribianus FIFINDA Orange
If you havent kept this fish youre missing out. Wow,
fancy being presented with A.kribianum & A.batesii in one day,
wild fish at that. It happened to me.
This one we spread all over the world as eggs. Yes we bred them
(A.kribianum, in quantity).
A.batesii were very difficult & not distributed.
The Orange FIFINDA did gain ground for a while & could have
become established but breeders couldnt be bothered with
carrying on with them.
I remember one breeder giving up on them & we had to go to
Leicester services to pick them up. A whole box of young sexed out
fish. The breeder was, in our opinion top notch but the conservation
thing just didnt work.
Fp.kribianus FIFINDA Yellow
You all saw the picture on the front cover of K/N 396. This was a
washed out image of the fish. I took the picture of the fish but it
didnt portray the true picture of the fish, which was a vivid
yellow with purple to the top of the caudal & upper back.
These were difficult to breed & few eggs were distributed to
known good breeders.
These arrived in the same shipment as the A.kribianum. They
were a beautiful fish but they failed to lay any eggs despite various
attempts. Its quite possible these spawn seasonally.
Unfortunately I didnt get a photo of this fish.
Not from Cameroon this time but from the Congo region. The River
Zaire is a huge region-playing host to many Aphyosemion
Not wishing to bring up a debate on this situation we had in the
same bag 2 types of the A.elegans group.
Through extensive research in our material we sorted out that we had
A.cognatum & A.christyi. Males are not the problem but how do you
sort the females out?
After many hours of study
simple. Look for the scale
extremities. In A.cognatum they are dark, in A.christyi they are
After splitting them up into there own tanks they were fed on with a
variety of live foods to build them back up. They were a bit ragged on
After a couple of weeks they cleaned up nicely & a few eggs
started to appear. Its always a relief to get the first eggs as
you stand a good chance of establishing them.
As above. These proved a bit harder to get to spawn & were not
as prolific but eggs were sent out in limited quantities to try &
get them established.
This is a colourful sp. which is getting harder to find at the
auctions these days.
We had a good quantity of these but they were in poor condition.
Some were too far-gone to save but we did manage to get a few pairs
round, enough to start breeding from anyway.
As we were a bit pushed for space the remaining fish (3 males 5
females) were all put together in the same tank. They seemed to get
along OK & started to lay numerous eggs. These were easy to raise
on in the usual way.
These were found in a Cameroon shipment. We had about 3 pairs in
rough condition, which were put in top tanks, which were well
established with plant life. In fact they were really heavily planted
& even had a small amount of thread algae.
I also put in mops for extra cover. The primary task was to feed
them up rather than get eggs at this stage.
Although the fish were near adult size it took a couple of months
before the first eggs appeared.
These proved easy to hatch & raise in the normal way.
To date (March 2000) we still have these going.
These arrived in poor condition. Many fish died in transit or were
too weak to pull round which died in the first couple of days. Some of
these had dull orange caudal extensions as opposed to the white/pale
blue in the fish which survived. We only had 2 fish, which were a
pair. Despite various attempts they failed to lay any eggs. It was
likely that the female was not A.riggenbachi.
We had 2 colour forms from Cameroon. A yellow reportedly caught at
BISSIANG & an orange, which was really colourful reportedly caught
Both forms were fairly easy to breed & the DEHANI form was
spread about to try & establish them. At an auction in 1999 a pair
was seen on the sale bench.
Didnt know what to call this one. A couple were found as
oddments in a bag from Cameroon. The anal fin was very colourful. They
were bred but seemed to disappear.
Not the most popular of Aphyosemion in the BKA. The KRIBI
population does appear now & then in the auctions.
It was nice to see wild A.ahli though just the same. Arrived
in very ragged condition but were brought round & layed eggs