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you know , this is so funny i have been trying to figure out what to put in my 30 g tank when i move it . we are remodeling our bathroom upsatirs & i am planning a space for my small 30 g hex & i wanted to do something diffrent in it. i was searching the internet lastnight & came across these beauties & i sais wow , i love thses fish, they are beautiful, & they dont seem to hard to care for( like my others all cichlids ) lol..& then i get up this morning & u have apost about them , so i think i have found my next calling to these littel beauties. thank -you so much for the info that you provided it really helped alot, as to make my decision , but , as you said most of the local lfs do not carry these fish , but i have a friend that runs my lfs & i will seee if she can find out if any of her suppliers carry these great fish. now i take it you have these fish? so my question is --- how many would i be able to put in a 30 g tank, i like to see lots of action in my tanks , so i really wouldnt want to just have a pair or 2 >>> thanks for info....
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Think of Killis as Betas. Males will atack each other. In a 30 gallon you can maybe put two males. They like to have maybe two females per male. Be aware that when mating, males can do serious damage to females. In a tank that size maybe would be better adding 2 different species of Killis, but if you do so, try them to be not from the same family to not damaging the genes .

Important things to remember before selecting the Killis:
1. They JUMP. Cover EVERYTHING, even the filter as much as possible
2. Some swim on the top almost always
3. They are carnivorous, so flake only diet with hurt their colors

I doubt you would have any trouble keeping them, the only trouble is finding them. Im about to meet a breeder here, but he lives 3.5 hours from here and because the school year is ending Im having trouble finding time to go there, as I will loose an entire day. Im looking for info about how well they do when you mail them. So if you cannt find them, let me know. But, it might take some time. Good luck.
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The most personable fish I ever had was a Killi. I don't know which type he was, but he actually liked to be petted! If I put my finger in the tank, he'd swim up against my finger the same way a cat rubs against your legs. He must have been an annual, because that's about how long he lived. I'd love to have another, but I haven't seen another like him.
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Hi Suzanne, there's actually a Killi that lives in Fl!! Its called American Flag Killi as its colors are like the flag (apparently). Its colors pattern are not that amazing but he reproduces like a Cichlid (easy and the couple take care of their young and if not remember bad they protect them inside their mouth). I just read they are kind of suceptible to some parasites, so adding a bit of salt to the water is recommended. I will post more info of this later. Hope you find some Killis in the LPS!
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Today I was feeding my last pair of Killis I have in a 10 gallon with separator. She was "bloated" with the scales looking bad and pale. I think shes going to die. I was so mad I took the separator of so they can have the whole tank for them at least for their few days. I started to clean to gravel with the syphoon until the tank was half empty. Then I was stunned. A baby Killi !!!! I almost yell from happines! I didnt knew what to do. I run to get the net and take him out and put him with the Endlers who by the way also had babies this days. He is a bit smaller than Endler babies. I kept looking in the water I took out and no other baby there. I double, triple check the tank and guess what?! Another baby!! This one is even smaller. Its very hard to beleive they survived their parents in a 5 gallon space. Lucky me!!

So now the babies will be raised by Endlers and Cherry Shrimps. I could do anything else at that moment. Hope this works.
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That's wonderful news Lemuel, I truly hope they survive & are male/female to carry on the family name maybe more will turn up hiding in the gravel! here's hoping! and praying!
 


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