Epiplatys annulatus is a highly sought-after species also known as the clown killie. It is one of the smaller killies available in the hobby. Importations have come from southern Guinea and Sierra Leone to northwestern Liberia. One of the most colorful populations of the species comes from Monrovia Liberia.
BREEDING: The most simple and successful ways of propagating E. annulatus is in a semi-permanent setup, heavily covered with floating plants such as water sprite or hornwort. The annulatus will lay eggs in the plants and 2-3 weeks later fry will start appearing at the surface. It is suggested to move the parents at this point and allow the fry to grow out in the original breeding setup. Fry will take newly hatched baby brine shrimp and smaller live foods.
|Epiplatys annulatus – Photographer unknown|
T. N. Gill, 1862
Epiplatys: from the Greek ἐπί (epí), meaning ‘above, on top of’, and πλατύς (platýs), meaning ‘flat, broad’, in reference to the flat dorsal surface of the anterior half of the body in members of this genus.
annulatus: from the Latin annulus, meaning ‘ring’, in reference to this species’ banded colour pattern.