Cape Lopez Lyretail (Aphyosemion australe)

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Cape Lopez Lyretail

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Cape Lopez Lyretail Gold

Aphyosemion australe

19 Litres (5 US G.)

5-6 cm (2-2.4")




5.5 - 6.5

22 -25 °C (71.6-77°F)

5-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



Additional names

Cape Lopez Lyretail, Lyretail Panchax, Lyretail Panchax Killifish

Additional scientific names

Haplochilus calliurus, Haplochilus calliurus var. australe, Panchax australe, Panchax polychromus, Fundulopanchax australe


West Africa. In shallow flooded area in the rainforest.


Males are larger with more vibrant colours and longer finnage. The tail, back and anal fin taper to a point in the males, while the females have rounded fins.

Tank compatibility[edit]

This fish is best kept in trios male/2 females, and in a species tank, but will be peaceful to other similar sized peaceful community fish.


Will accept most foods including pellet and flake but prefers live/frozen foods such as bloodworm, tubifex and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

This fish do best in acidic peat-filtered water with dense planting. A single pair can be kept in a relatively small species tank of around 5-6 US gallons. The need plenty of hiding places, preferably provided by planting and a dark substrate is best. Provide floating plants also.


Will cohabit well with other similar-sized fish and is generally peaceful as long as it's kept as a pair. The male of this species is not always friendly to one another.


A slender elongated fish with elaborate fins. The tips of the anal, caudal, and dorsal fins are elongated and pointed. The outer rays of the caudal fin form a 'lyre-tail' shape. The background body colouration of males is brownish-yellow to brownish orange with numerous red spots. The fins are orange with a broad yellow and red border and the tips of the fins are white. The females are brown in colour with a scattering of red spots. There are selective-bred variations now available.


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