Animal Stories - Striped Panchax

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The Golden Wonder Killifish is a gorgeous variety of the Striped Panchax and hardy too!
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Anonymous - 2011-06-01
I have 4 of these wonderful fish. 2 have have stripes towards their back end. Why? Also 1 has gone missing. It sounds impossible but I can't find him in the aqurium any where. Does anyone have an idea where he is? I love all my fish very much. It wasn't a cat, none of the other fish ate him, and I didnt see his body in my net or close to the aquruim. Thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01
    Almost every week at least one person writes in that they can't find a particular fish. Most of the time, the fish magically reappear. It also seems that most are found to be just find behind the filter. I have no idea why but this happens frequently. Good luck and I hope you find yours.
  • cindy - 2011-06-30
    Killifish are notorious for jumping out. You need a lid with little to no gaps around it.
  • kye turnbull - 2011-12-10
    these killis can jump out flip around alot so he could have fliped along way from the tank.
    to stop this you should get a lid.
  • Stephanie - 2020-07-10
    The stripes indicate the sex of the fish. Male or female.
Cindy - 2010-05-04
I just got a killi and it eats like a pig! When it gets bigger, will it eat my zebra danios? They are only and inch to inches long full grown.

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  • cindy - 2010-08-10
    Well, it's 3 mos later now and my Killi is basically full-size. He has NOT eaten the Zebra Danios. I feed him well, though, and the Zebras were pretty much full-size when I got the Killi. They are about 1 1/2 inches and the Killi now 3 1/2.
  • cushtyken - 2010-08-14
    I have 3, all about 3 inches in length, I have been trying to keep neons in my 80 gallon tank for almost 8 months without success, they just disappear? Today I watched one eating a whole neon, tonight they are flushed down the toilet! How can they be classed as a "peaceful fish" when they kill everything else ?
  • Editor's Note - 2010-08-15
    They will usually leave other species alone unless they are small enough to be considered food.
  • kye turnbull - 2011-12-10
    yes you were keeping them with the fish neons. but you cindy, are also doing that but there's less of a chance.
  • batch - 2012-01-30
    Cindy, if you keep the Killis fed, they won't eat your Danios. When I've experimented with not feeding my Killis daily, they responded by eating Danios and Neon Tetras.

    Cushtyken- You are irresponsible to your fish and the humans whose water supply you are potentially contaminating by flushing fish down the toilet. Flushing your fish for being a fish? Feed you killis, LEARN about your Killis, don't flush living fish.
  • jmt - 2012-02-21
    Actually, I have a killi that killed a bushynose little cory that I had (it was about half the size of the killi). The little cory swam way too far up the tank near the killi and I don't know if the killi thought it was food or what but it attacked with lighting speed. It caught the cory by the tail since it was too large to fit in its mouth, shook it back and forth almost doglike and then released it. The little cory didn't make it. Species specific is best.
  • steban flores - 2012-11-30
    Dear Cindy small fish are food for the killifish. Put 3 blue eyed gretudes very small fish.
  • Aaron - 2014-05-14
    To the person that 'experimented with not feeding them daily' you should probably just get rid of your tank if your not going properly take care of the animals that reside in it. I have two of the common gold killies in a community tank with lots of other species. They are completely fine. I have a Cory that swims all over the place and he's never been attacked nor have any of the other smaller fish. Guess I must've gotten lucky and got two good ones 😃
  • jodi - 2016-05-29
    This is all too true. We recently added 3 Golden Killifish, from the RECOMMENDATIONS of the salesgirl at Petco, and all of our neon tetras started disappearing. With No trace. VERY UPSETTING! We couldn't figure out what was going on in our tank because we had bought some other fish at the same time. Then I started noticing how aggressive they were with food and swimming and figured it must be them eating the others. Low and behold, I finally got on the web and found these posts first click and my suspicions have been confirmed. They are going back to the Pet store to their "Donation Tank" today!! Arrrrghhhh
P. - 2012-12-16
This fish is extremely aggressive! Do not keep this fish with community fish it has killed all my guppies.

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  • kye turnbull - 2013-04-06
    I have them in a community tank! My rainbow fish stops them from eating the other fish.
  • Rakesh M Patel - 2016-05-24
    pabchax fish is attacking on my guppies and shrimps's so aggressive fish...even another fish also feel fear, even they do not come to top for eating...
kye turnbull - 2013-03-23
can the eggs dry out like other killifishs eggs?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-23
    I would assume yes, to be on the safe side. Are you trying to breed them?
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-24
    yes i am trying, they are very hardy, man can they eat a fly fast! almost as fast as my tandus cat!!!lol
annie - 2012-03-24
I have a pair golden killiefish and one has a bent backbone. It is doing well and acts accordingly to the research I have done, but I am curious to find out if it is normal.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-25
    Not really normal, but it does happen from birth deformities, breeding and injury. It may be healed and not every bother the fish.
  • Corey Blaylock - 2012-04-05
    This is normal. I have six golden killifish and the male tends bend it's back when it wants to mate-which is often!
stephen svejnoha - 2012-03-14
I bought a pair of golden panchax 3 weeks ago. Goregeous. My tank is 45 gallons. The center of the tank is solid with amazon sword and sarawk sword plants. I have neons, guppies, [lots], angel, rasboras, platties, parrots, kribenskis, bolivian ram, golden barbs, sydonontis, cory, congo tetra, doctor fish, green barbs. My platties breed and the baby fry are in the centre of the plants growing. OK some must get eaten,but hey I can't have everything. The panchax I feed small amount of flake and micro pellet. They are in great em.

cindy - 2010-12-10
I am wondering if anyone has had any experience keeping kuhli loaches and golden wonder killifish together in the same tank?

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  • christian - 2011-01-12
    I have a golden wonder in my tank with kuhli loaches. The killi doesn't seem to notice them except right before lights out. Then they seem to play tag but no harm is done since they keep their mouths closed.
  • kye turnbull - 2011-12-10
    that's good news because i am about to get 3 killis and put them in with a kuhli.
Cindy - 2010-10-11
Well, my golden wonder isn't doing so well these days. He just suddenly stopped eating a week ago. I read about parasites in the throat and have been treating, but, no luck. I've done water changes, everything. Just today I noticed that one of his gills has sorta collapsed (it looks sunken in). The other is fine. There are no other symptoms. What could this be and what should I do?

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  • cindy - 2010-12-10
    Amazingly, after not eating for 3 wks my killifish made a full comeback. He was so hungry he tried to eat my Panda Cory Cat only to successfully mangle it and thus, kill it. The one gill is still a little sunken and he is more picky about his food (he doesn't like the flakes anymore) oh and he is now fascinated with the filter (he hangs out near the black box most of the day, now and does this weird "dance" routine in front of it). He is not scratching himself. I treated him for both internal and external parasites, plus, bacteria. I literally, dropped the medicine down his throat at one point out of desperation. I knew it might kill him, but, the rate he was going, he was going to starve to death, anyway, so, I figured I might as well try everything. And it worked! I am so happy. I prayed too, so, maybe God just answered my prayer. I do enjoy my Killi Willi (my husband named him that after Chilly Willy). I am not allowed any other pets but fish so this why I am so nutty about him. I wouldn't be if I could have a dog.
  • Clarice - 2010-12-12
    Wow Cindy, I am so happy about your fish! I read your comment about him not doing well, but you were treating him, so didn't know what to add.

    You're experience is awesome, and your "doctoring" him up was a very unique. Never thought of that, but so glad it worked!
  • cindy - 2011-06-30
    He's back to not eating again. Almost 2 weeks so far. Can't see anything wrong. Have been trying the same thing as last time (various medicines in the tank, plus a dip, plus dropping medicine directly down his throat), but, no success so far. He usually swims around a lot, but, not now. Also gasping.
  • kye turnbull - 2011-12-10
    have you got a air pump.
    if not than put one in.
Oksana - 2010-10-29
I have one, we call her Journalist because she always has to know what is going on. It was all on her face (if you call it this way). Molly is swimming (where? why?). The aquarium lead is lifted (why? hand? food? yeah!). She likes eating from hands and looks like she is always smiling/laughing. Such a lovely creature!

DAWN - 2010-01-27
I have an interesting Killi that takes great offense to me cleaning the tank and if my arm is in the tank he will attack repeatedly trying to nip at me. He is not looking for food as he postures, then hits and runs! Funny guy!

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  • Cindy - 2010-10-11
    Mine does this too.