Max Size: 4cm

Normans Lampeye Killifish (Poropanchax normani)

The Norman's Lampeye Killifish is a peaceful fish whose small size makes it perfect for the nano or planted aquarium. These Killifish are very hardy and are suitable for both beginners and experts alike.

The Norman's Lampeye Killifish swims at the top level of the water column almost wholly. They are not afraid to jump, so you must keep it in an aquarium with a tight-fitting lid or at least a significantly lowered water level. On the other hand, they will not eat or bother plants, and they will appreciate the cover, especially with floating plants.

Hobbyists like to keep these Killifish in a dedicated species-only set-up explicitly tailored to their needs. However, you can keep them alongside other tiny peaceful species such as Ember Tetras, African Jellybean Tetras, Pygmy Corydoras, Boraras spp, Pencilfish and some of the smaller anabantoids. However, they are not ideal as a general community fish as they are easily threatened and predated upon by larger fish.

While most Killifish are kept in pairs, the Norman's Lampeye Killifish seems to thrive and show their best colouration in groups. They will feel most secure if you house them in good-sized groups of at least ten individuals. These fish are safe with adult Dwarf Shrimp, but they may eat some shrimplets like most fish.

Normans Lampeye Killifish have slender and elongated bodies, the dorsal fin is set at the back half of their body, and their scales are round. The head is flattened on top, they have no barbels, and the mouth is at the tip. These Killifish have pale creamy bodies with a pearlescent greenish-yellowish-blue hint depending on the lighting. These Killifish get their name from the horizontal crescent on the top of its eye, which seems to glow blueish under aquarium lighting.


Normans Lamp Eye Killifish
Normans Lamp Eye Killifish
Quick Facts
Scientific NamePoropanchax normani
Other NamesLampeye Killifish, Sobat Lampeye, African Lampeye.
OriginsCameroon, Chad, Nigeria, Sudan
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 8+
Lifespanup to 3 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.5 - 7.5
GH5 - 15
72 - 79℉
22.2 - 26.1℃


In the home aquarium, the Normans Lampeye Killifish will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Sexual Dimorphism

It is somewhat challenging to differentiate between male and female Norman's Lampeye Killifish. However, Males generally tend to have longer and more pointed fins, and the males often grow larger and are slightly more colourful, whereas females will be duller, have shorter and more rounded fins.

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Date Added: 24/06/2021 15:05:59 - Updated: 19/01/2022 14:37:01