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[edit]

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[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

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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