Help, setting up a killifish tank?

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Question by frez311: Help, setting up a killifish tank? Just starting out with killifish. I do not have any yet, my fish guy will have a couple in about a month. He has told me a lot but I still have a few questions. He does not use any type of gravel or anythign in […]

Question by frez311: Help, setting up a killifish tank?
Just starting out with killifish. I do not have any yet, my fish guy will have a couple in about a month. He has told me a lot but I still have a few questions. He does not use any type of gravel or anythign in the bottom of the tank, basically a bare tank. He does use some plants rooted on some wood, but that is about it. SO, is there any kind of substrate (or whatever it is called gravel or sand or watever) that go good with killifish. And what kind of plants do they like. And lastly, is there anything that I can do to take care of the algae in the tank. I am used to using algae eaters, but I guess that is a bad idea with killies. I will probably be using a 5 gallon eclipse tank. Thanks for the answers, I want to set it up now, so that I can get the fish in about amonth.

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Answer by Gary C
Do not keep Algae Eaters with killies.
You can use any kind of plants with killies, or you can use a “spawning mop,” which is a bunch of pieces of yarn tied together.
Some killies lay their eggs in plant bunches, while others are “substrate divers.” You’ll need to find out which kind you’re getting before you set up the tank.
The plant spawners don’t need gravel or any other substrate. The substrate divers need a dish containing some boiled peat moss.

Also, you’ll need to find out if your fish are annual killifish that require a dormant period before their eggs will hatch.

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