Madagascar Panchax (Pachypanchax sakaramyi)

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Madagascar Panchax

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Male Madagascar Panchax

Pachypanchax sakaramyi

76 Litres (20 US G.)

7.6-9.1cm (3-3.6 ")




6.5 - 7.2

22 -28 °C (71.6-82.4°F)

5-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Madagascar Panchax

Additional scientific names

Panchax sakaramyi, Haplochilus playfairii sakaramyi, Pachypanchax playfairii sakaramyi

Origin[edit | edit source]

Africa: northern Madagascar.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Mature males will have brighter colouration than females as well as having longer dorsal, caudal and anal fins.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Can be kept in robust yet peaceful community tanks. Will eat smaller fish but will not bother similar sized or larger peaceful fish such as Dwarf Cichlids and Corydoras. Males will harass females so keep several females per male.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Should accept pellets and flake as well as meaty foods like bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

These fish appreciate planted tanks with hiding places as well as open swimming room. They do not like very bright lights so floating plants are ideal. A secure lid is a must as this fish can jump.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A peaceful mid-top dwelling fish. Males may harass single females so should be kept in groups with more females than males.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An elongated fish with an upturned mouth. The dorsal and anal fins are set well towards the posterior of the fish and the caudal fin is rounded. It is pale with iridescence, this can range from green/yellow to blue/orange, males will be more vibrant. The fins may have some dark colouration towards their base.

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