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Palmqvist's Notho

palmqvist's notho

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Scientific Name:   Nothobranchius palmqvisti      
Min. Tank Size:   15 gallons      
Personality:   Aggressive      
Temperature:   64-72°      
pH:   6.5-7.0/4-10°dGH      
Size:   2"      
Diet:   Carnivore      
Breeding:   Egglayer      


Best kept in a species tank with two females for every male.

Palmqvist's Notho

Native to Africa, Palmqvist's Notho can typically be found in parts of southern Kenya and Tanzania. These fish tend to inhabit bodies of temporary water such as pools in floodplains, swamps and ditches. The males of this species are usually more colorful than the females, displaying vibrant red coloration on the caudal fin and a reddish hue on the rear half of the body. In both sexes, the overall body coloration is often silver or gray and there is red spotting and banding on the dorsal and anal fins. Some specimens also exhibit a yellowish hue on the head as well as the dorsal and anal fins.

Tank Set-up

The Palmqvist Notho is somewhat difficult to keep in the home aquarium due to its aggression and predatory nature. Because males of the species tend to become very territortial and may harass the female, it is best to keep at least two females for each male in the tank.


This species is carnivorous, so most of its diet should consist of meat-based foods. Palmqvist Nothos are particularly fond of bloodworms, Daphnia and brine shrimp. Feed a varied diet to promote optimum health and coloration.


The Palmqvist's Notho bury their eggs, so substrate is an important factor in encouraging these fish to spawn. In order to increase the chances of a successful breeding, set up a separate breeding tank lined with boiled peat and condition the breeding pair on plenty of live foods. After adding the fish to the breeding tank you can encourage spawning behavior by slowly raising the tank temperature. Spawning can be a long, drawn-out process and it is often very exhausting for the fish. In order to raise the largest number of fry possible, remove the parent fish from the tank following spawning.

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