Banded panchax (Epiplatys annulatus)

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Male banded panchax

Epiplatys annulatus

8 Litres (2 US G.)

3.0-4.0 cm (1.2-1.6")




6.5 - 7.0

23 -25 °C (73.4-77°F)

5-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Clown killie

Additional scientific names

Haplochilus annulatus


Africa: Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.


Both males and females have yellow black bands along their bodies. Males have a blue-red colored tail, whereas females have pale colored.

Tank compatibility[edit]

due to their small size and timid nature, a species tank is the best recommendation.


Live; flying insects- Drosophila, insect larvae, mosquito larvae, microworkms, [Daphnia|Daphnia], copepods, small grindal worms, [Brine Shrimp}Brine Shrimp], other crustaceans, [Tubifex|Tubifex] worms; needs to be weaned on frozen food.

Feeding regime[edit]

Once to twice per day.

Environment specifics[edit]

The tank must be well covered, as this fish can jump out of the tank. Soft, slightly acidic water provides the best conditions for this fish to thrive.
A small aquarium with minimum flow serves these fish best. Ideally, the tank should also be heavily planted, allowing plenty of hiding spaces.


Shy peaceful fish.


In essence, banded panchax resemble miniature pikes. They have an elongated body, a long snout, and an upturned snout. Their eye lies just one millimeter behind the premaxilla. Both males and and females bear banded black and yellow bodies. In males the anal and caudal fins bear blue and red colors. In females, all fins are usually translucent.

|behavior=:A very peaceful and shy fish.


Clown killi 1.jpg Epiplaty annulatus - Panchax à bandes Epiplaty annulatus

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