Yesterday in Plochingen the 6th Killifischtag of the Stuttgart regional group. Since I could not be present in Neuss, I was more and more looking forward to him! Many of those who have come live far away and one sees themselves accordingly seldom. In addition, two exciting talks were announced again. But before I tell you about yesterday, I have to explain what killifish actually is.
What are killifish?
Killifish are first of all egg-laying carp, of which a large part is usually no larger than CA. 6cm. Of course, there are also larger species here. Then they are divided into ground spawners and Haftlaicher. Ground spawners lay their eggs in or on the soil, Haftlaicher their eggs usually on plants, in aquariums Unfortunat also on offered Wollmops (so they can be collected more easily).
Ground spawners usually live in regions where their pools dry up completely in the dry season. Their eggs survive the dry phase in the still slightly moist mud and hatch as soon as the rain resets and their biotope fills with water again. In contrast, Haftlaicher need year-round water, as they otherwise die out in their respective biotopes.
Killis live in some of the most adverse conditions. To make this clear to you, I've been looking for a video for you at YouTube:
The fish in the video is a Austrolebias Alexandri by the way.
and to see how killifish can look in the aquarium, here are some photos for you, courtesy of Rudolf Pohlmann:
The top four pictures show pictures of Haftlaichern, the bottom of ground spawners. Rudolf has also made a very nice picture, which shows how a species that was found in different places differs:
Because of these differences, the attitude of killifishes is very important in that the different locations are kept separate from each other. Unfortunately, more and more of the often very small biotopes of the fish are destroyed, so it is all the more important to keep the species and sites in the aquarium alive, since so many are already extinct in the nature or at least no fish at the old sites can be found.
Unfortunately, it is hardly possible to summarize the most important information about killifish in a few sentences, as many different species belong to the Killis, some of which have different ways of life. If you would like to get more information about killifish, your attitude and breeding, about your natural surroundings or just want to see more photos, you are welcome to visit the Forum of the DKG (Deutsche Killifisch community) or our Facebook page or Of course to come to one of the many regional meetings:
What is such a "Killifischtag" actually?
A Killifischtag is basically a large regional group meeting of the DKG. At a regional meeting, which is also accessible free of charge for non-members of the association, Killifischliebhaber meet from the near and often also other surroundings of the respective region. Many consider this to be more than a species (50-100 aquariums are no rarity under "real" Killianern) and have been dealing with killifishes for many years or decades.
Usually you meet every 1-2 months on Saturday afternoon (some regional groups have different times). You sit together, exchange, Exchange or buy fish. In addition, there is always a talk about changing topics such as fishing trips, presentation of different species, feeding animals, breeding of certain species or sometimes guest lectures from other areas of the aquarium (such as snails or aquatic plants).
A "Killifischtag" is a bigger meeting that starts in the morning and ends late in the afternoon. Two lectures are held, one eats together for lunch and in the afternoon there is still a large fish market, where many of them give up their offspring. Since more people come to the Killifischtagen of the regional groups than usual and they also take a further journey, the offer is bigger and you can get with luck also long searched species or locations.
Killifischtag in Plochingen
In September the regional group Stuttgart organizes its Killifischtag. Our regional group manager Karl-Heinz Genzel organizes all meetings (like all other regional group supervisors too!) in his spare time, in other words, he does not get anything for looking for speakers, organising rooms, arranging appointments with the other Regionagruppen etc. Yesterday there were two very great talks about fishing trips, once about a visit to Tanzania by Holger Hengstler, who showed us where and how he had searched and found fish in Tanzania and once about a trip to the Congo. Here, the Speaker Leendert van den Berg showed very clearly how in 25 years the nature was changed and destroyed and how this has affected the biotopes of the fish, since it carried out the same journey in the year 1991 and 2015. It is always exciting to see how fish live in nature and how their habitats change. Both speakers have made great presentations and shown very nice pictures and videos!
This year there were so many people at the meeting that the room was almost too small and we had to place additional chairs to make sure that everyone could see the second lecture. As always, the mood was great and you have seen many old and new views.
The pictures, by the way, do not show how full it really was, since during the lectures I naturally did not take pictures and many have hardly come to fill their stalls, since many fish were already reserved before and not even the way into the have made boxes. Still, I wanted to show you how something like that looks.
As you can see, the average age in the hobby is very high. However, since many species will disappear in nature over short or long, it is all the more important that more people deal with the killifishes again and help to preserve these beautiful fish in the long term!
What personally impressed me most about the DKG, I have so far never heard from any Killitreffen or otherwise, that there is a kind of "competition" or similar. On the contrary, often fish are given away, otherwise at prices that do not cover nearly the cost of breeding, you always get tips and help with questions, all support each other. Many also invite other members to stay with them or to visit other club members in Germany and abroad. It's just a real community!