Amiet's Lyretail (Fundulopanchax amieti)

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Amiet's Lyretail
Fundulopanchax amieti
Amiet's Lyretail (Fundulopanchax amieti)
Name Amiet's Lyretail
Name Lat. Fundulopanchax amieti
Synonym Aphyosemion amieti
Family African Rivulines
Family lat. Nothobranchiidae
Order Killifishes & Livebearers
Order lat. Cyprinodontiformes
Origin Cameroon
Habitat Streams, ponds
Diet Carnivore
pH 5.5-7.0
Behavior ♂ territorial
Keeping Harem
Care Level Moderate
Reproduction Substrate spawner
Breeding Simple
Life Span 2-4 years
Protection No
Metric Units
Size 7 cm
Temperature 23-26 °C
Hardness < 10 °dH
Aquarium ~ 120 l
US Units
Size 2.8"
Temperature 73-79 °F
Hardness < 178 ppm
Aquarium ~ 30 gal

Distribution and habitat

Amiet's splendid carpets occur exclusively (endemically) in the lower Sanaga River basin, near Somakak in western Cameroon. They live in swampy pools and shallow outcrops of streams in the rainforest.


The aquarium should have dense planting, with hiding and retreat possibilities (roots) and provide sufficient swimming space. A soft, dark substrate covered with some foliage (e.g. sea almond leaves) and slightly shaded light (floating plants) is ideal

No ammonia, ammonium and nitrite should be detectable, the nitrate value should not exceed 100 mg/l. To ensure the water quality and oxygen content, a filter and heater adapted to the aquarium size is required, as well as lighting for the species-appropriate day-night rhythm of the animals.


In nature they feed mainly on insects and insect larvae. The food supply consists of live, frozen and dry food. For a balanced diet, feed once a day with a high-quality, protein-rich dry food (flakes, granules, micropellets) and with cyclops, moina, daphnia, artemia, mosquito larvae, etc. (live or frozen)

It is recommended to feed small portions several times a day. Only feed as much as will be eaten within a few minutes. A regular and varied diet promotes health and increases resistance.

Behaviour and compatibility

They should be kept in a harem, one male with 2-3 females. Males often behave aggressively among themselves, so keeping multiple harems is only recommended in a larger and richly structured tank. They can be kept well in a species tank or also in a community tank with not too lively fish, where too small fish are considered food

Basically, only compatible fish species with similar demands on water condition and water temperature should be socialized.

Sex dimorphism

The male is much more colorful than the female.

Reproduction and breeding

They are bottom spawners. The female nestles close to the male and spawns directly on the bottom. The fry usually hatch after 14-28 days. The eggs can also survive short dry periods and the fry will then hatch just a few hours after the first rain. Fry must be fed several times a day with special rearing food (Artemia nauplii, microworms). In a community tank breeding is hardly possible, because the spawn is easy prey.


These semi-annual killifish live in waters that dry out occasionally and only for short periods of time.

They like to jump, so the aquarium should be well covered. The foliage (sea almond tree, oak, etc.) enriches the water with humic substances, naturally lowers the pH and when rotting promotes the development of microorganisms, which are a valuable secondary food source.

The well-being of the fish should be monitored regularly. Temperature should be checked daily, pH, hardness and nitrate levels at least every 14 days. Regular partial water changes are recommended, even when contaminant levels have not yet reached the upper limit. Sudden changes in water quality should be avoided. Newly introduced fish must be accustomed slowly to the water in the aquarium.

Further literature can be found in your pet store.


Text: Werner Winter; Image: Franz Lowak

Source: BMELV (1998): Tierschutzgutachten - Haltung von Zierfischen (Süßwasser); RIEHL & BAENSCH (2004): Aquarien Atlas Bd. 3, Mergus Verlag; RADDA & PÜRZL (1982): Killifische aus aller Welt, Band 3, Verlag Otto Hoffmann;  ENGELMANN (2005): Zootierhaltung - Tiere in menschlicher Obhut: Fische, Verlag Harri Deutsch

  • Gemäß § 21 Abs. 5 Tierschutzgesetz idgF