Bluefin Notho (Nothobranchius rachovii)

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Bluefin Notho

Nothobranchius rachovii male.jpg
Bluefin Notho

Nothobranchius rachovii

38 Litres (10 US G.)

3.8-5.1cm (1.5-2 ")




6.0 - 7.0

20-23.9°C (68 -75 °F)

3-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

1-2 years



Additional names

Bluefin Notho, Bluefin Nothobranch


Males have more vivid colouration and longer finnage than females.

Tank compatibility

These fish should only be kept in species tanks. Males can be quite aggressive towards one another, if two are to be kept you'll need a very spacious tank. Keep females in the ratio of 2-3 females per male as the females will be heavily pursued.


These fish should not be fed dried foods if it can be avoided, they do much better on live/frozen food such as brine shrimp, daphnia and bloodworm.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics

These fish need quite a specific set up in order to be kept successfully and breed. They need a mature tank with a dark substrate, preferably peat moss, as well as dense planting and bogwood décor. Floating plants will help diffuse light as they do not appreciate bright lighting. A tight-fitting cover is a must as these fish can jump.


An annual Killifish that can be nippy and territorial.


A very attractive fish, its body is red-orange in base colour, overlaid with iridescent blue scales. The dorsal, anal and pelvic fins are blue with red markings. The caudal fin has a thick orange band and edged with a black band. There are selective-bred colour variations seen also.


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