Red Chinned Panchax (Epiplatys dageti)
The Red-chinned Panchax is a peaceful, relatively hardy and active attractive fish that are perfect for a nano or well-planted aquarium. These Killifish make great additions to a peaceful community tank. However, mature males are somewhat territorial and very assertive towards females; therefore, it would be best to keep one male to two or three females; that way, they will not exhaust the females.
The Red-chinned Panchax can be kept in either a species-only aquarium or an aquarium with other similarly sized peaceful species. These can include smaller Barbs, Rasboras, Tetras, Dwarf Gouramis and Dwarf Cichlids, as well as Corydoras and smaller Plecos. However, it would be better if you did not house these fish with much larger, aggressive or boisterous species; otherwise, they will easily outcompete them for food.
These Killifish are quite sociable, so it would be best to keep them in a group of at least six individuals. Keeping these Killis in larger numbers will decrease shyness and allow these fish to display more interesting behaviours.
Red-chinned Panchax will appreciate an aquarium with plenty of areas to hide amongst, making them feel more comfortable. You can use driftwood or hardy plants to achieve this. Adding some dried leaf litter to soften and darken the water will also be beneficial and will also emphasise this fish's natural environment.
The Red-chinned Panchax has a light to dark brown back with lighter brown sides that possess a greeny-violet iridescence. These fish also have a yellowish-brown underside and a bright red lower jaw, with a dense black bar running right above the chin and through the eye.
This Killifish also has five striking black transverse stripes that run vertically on their body; four are found on the back half of their body, while the final is located near the base of their pectoral fin. In addition, these Killifish have gorgeous spotted yellow fins with black borders, although some variants have white edges on their dorsal and caudal fins.
|Scientific Name||Epiplatys dageti|
|Other Names||Redchin panchax, Black Lipped Panchax, Orange Throated Panchax, Firemouth killifish|
|Origins||Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||3 - 5 years|
|PH||6.0 - 7.0|
|GH||5 - 12|
|TDS||18 - 215|
|70 - 79℉|
21.1 - 26.1℃
In the home aquarium, the Red Chinned Panchax 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.
It is simple to differentiate between the male and female Red-chinned Panchax. The females are slightly smaller and have duller colouration than the male. In addition, the male's anal fin is more pointy than the female's, and their lower caudal fin develops extended rays as they mature.