The Guinean pike, as well as other representatives of the Epiplatis genus, lives in the western regions of Africa, preferring water bodies of tropical forests, where there is high humidity and frequent heavy rains. Many types of epiplatis are known to aquarists around the world and are widespread among foreign colleagues.
Flare epiplatis to popular aquarium fish, unfortunately, does not apply and is still considered to be a kind of aquarium rarity to this day. And this is despite the fact that the first attempts at keeping the fish took place over 30 years ago.
Guinean pike belongs to the group of the species E.fasciolatus, which was first described in 1994. From the name of the fish it follows that it lives in Guinea, and more precisely the river Contour.
The Guinean epiplatis is mainly kept near the bottom of the reservoir and, despite its large dimensions, they are not so famous, so to speak, with aggressiveness. Males can reach a length of 6 – 7 centimeters. Pike body shape is similar to fish of this genus.
You can read about epiplatis daget in this article. The body color in males is grayish blue with a slight metallic tint, and the tail has a yellow edging.
The size of the females is a bit more modest and the color is significantly paler, unlike the males.
Fish prefers soft or medium hard water with a neutral active reaction environment. The same fish does not like bright lighting, and prefers shaded areas. Accordingly, if you keep a pike in an aquarium, dense thickets of plants and the presence of floating plants (pistiya, riccia, wolfia) are necessary.
Guinean pikes can live in the same aquarium together with small peaceful fish of similar size and habits.
Under natural conditions, the menu of epiplatis includes mostly insects. Under the conditions of an aquarium, the ration should be similar, but it is not an argument in favor of abandoning the usual live food that is sold in our pet stores.
For the maintenance of the flare epiplatis, a 50-liter aquarium with tap water, which is pre-settled before replacement, will be suitable. As a spawning ground, you can use a 10-liter aquarium with peat as a spawning substrate. You can use another type of substrate for spawning, but peat is better.
The best substitute will be a bundle of fishing line or something like that. The water in the spawning tank should be soft and have a temperature of 24 – 25 degrees.
One male and several females are selected for spawning. Spawning substrate should be laid either in an even layer or in bunches over the entire area of the aquarium.
Spawning is calm and males do not show any aggression towards females. During spawning periods, the fish should be fed only nutritious live food, ideally, it should be enkhitreusy and tubule.
Producers can spawn for a whole week and at the end of spawning they must be removed from the aquarium. In principle, epiplatis can multiply longer, only in this case the gaps between the first and last hatching of the young will increase, which will ultimately lead to a significant difference in the size of the young, and this leads to cannibalism.
I would like to note one interesting feature in epiplatis – eggs can be transported in envelopes. Fry and eggs of flare epiplatis are larger than those of a relative of epiplatis daget. Starter feed for pike fry – Nauplii Artemia and “live” dust.
Fry grow quickly to 2 months old fish become sexually mature.