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  1. Thanks for the response. I have a false bottom setup for Odessas and get pretty large spawns using this method. They lay a good number of eggs in one go However, I’m working on breeding Inpaichthys Kerri right now, and want to take a crack at chili rasbioras. The tetras, at least, spawn every morning in moderate amounts (at least this has been my experience thus far). I get and raise fry, but so far just in small numbers since I don’t have the time nor containers to collect and hatch the eggs laid every day. I was going to try to just leave the fish to their own devices over a giant bed of java moss and some catalpa leaf litter and see what comes from that. I’ve observed that the fry like to spend their first weeks under the leaf litter, and that the tannins also help a bit with fighting back fungus. Meth blue works better in my experiments, but this requires me to collect and separate the eggs.
  2. What's the best way to get decent numbers of fry from fish that scatter eggs daily in small amounts (as opposed to those that spew a bazillion eggs in one go)? I've been collecting eggs from some of my fish by using a glass dish with java moss, and this has been successful for small numbers, but this tedious and I have only so many containers to keep the variously aged juveniles in. Dos it make sense to just leave the adults in a tank full of java moss and leaves and other plants that offer ample hiding space, knowing some fry and eggs will get eaten, but that many will survive? Do this in a tub? What are people's experiences with ways to maximize their breeding efforts with fish like Celestial Pearl Danio's etc?
  3. I often wonder about this after accidentally drinking tank water, or getting a mouthful of substrate sludge while starting a siphon. My next thought is usually something like ‘meh, something will kill me eventually, might as well be this.’
  4. I'll probably move into the tank with the parents when it gains some more size. I have a betta in there that might find it a tasty snack at this moment in time. The tank it's in now has a ton of java fern with lots of roots, and a bunch of leaf litter. So it has ample hiding space. Probably how it got this far and grew big enough for the adult female apisto to ignore it.
  5. TO MOCK ME!!!! I have tried and failed three times to spawn Super Blue Inpaichthys Kerri Tetras. Today, I'm looking in at a recent apisto spawn and what do I see in with the apisto fry? WHAT THE?!?! HOW THE?!?!? IS THIS FOR REAL?!?!? Mommy apisto (seen giving me the stink-eye in the top right) must just think it's her ugly ducking child because she's not gobbling it up. Apparently, apistos are great parents. They can successful spawn and raise tetras, where I cannot. I'm guessing this little guy hitched a ride in on a plant taken from one of my 'failed, but apparently not-so-failed' prior attempts. I started attempt #4 yesterday so maybe I'm doing something right kind of and will get it right this time? Either that or I just dump the contents of the tetra spawning container into the apisto tank and let her do all the hard work!
  6. Man this is a long-running thread. LOVE IT! So what did i get done? Besides mowing the lawn, I finished writing a simple app that would help me understand the weather forecasts in the towns of all the upcoming fish shipments I have for the week ahead. The app pulls and correlates data from a number of places, like my shipping provider, OpenWeather, and a geo-locator service I use fetch longitudes and latitudes for zip codes. I got tired of clicking back and forth in Weather.com. (Names are scribbled out to protect the innocent!)
  7. I've taken out some very large ones from time to time that get well established in a large aquarium. I just remove them slowly. I start by grabbing the plant by its rootball under the gravel and pulling that up slow. If you're worried about the roots being entangled in other plants and taking those along for the ride, you can always get it part of the way out and then snip the roots with scissors, leaving the long runners behind. Just know that they do make a mess when coming out, but that will clear as the dust and whatnot settles or gets removed by mechanical filtration. Maybe things will be cloudy for half a day or so. Your tank will recover. Also, if there is anything growing close to its base that you disrupt, just replant it when you're done. Plants are pretty good at re-establishing themselves easily within the same tank/water params. And just to add, when I remove mine, I don't try to save them. I just trow them in the compost bin. So I can't really comment on removing one for transplanting to another aquarium.
  8. Apiso fry are masters of camouflage. They disappear into the the slightest layer of mulm on the bottom of the tank.
  9. A picture is worth a thousand snails, I mean words.
  10. @Odd Duck Thanks for the tip on the fruit fly containers. Also, I never cooked my oatmeal, just made a slurry out of it with cold water. I wonder if cooking mitigates the chances of mold forming later.
  11. I make one per week, but one every two weeks or so might work as well. I've found them to last at least a month. I dump them when they start to look too cloudy. I've never test how long I could kept a culture alive, nor how dense I could get it. I've found that in the 3-week range they are sufficiently full enough to feed out of. Usually the one I'm feeding out of is about 3 weeks old. I make them in medium-sized ball jars as I don't have a ton of fish that require paramecium. I guess they are maybe quart sized jars? And, next time I do something like Odessa Barbs, I'll just ramp up production in advance of spawning. I find I dump a lot more paramecium than I feed, but that's because I don't always have fish that require them and want to keep the culture going and readily available. I've honestly only been culturing paramecium about 8 months, so I'm def not an expert and have more to learn, if there is more to be learned. I started making them because, like you, I've failed over and over at infusoria, and when tried, and put the infusoria cultures the only sunny window in the house, my family is like "What's that gross puke jar sitting in the window for?" Paramecium, like vinegars eels, are easy to stash away in the basement, or, during the winter, in the the aquarium stand, under my main display tank. I hesitated on making paramecium at first because I assumed they were hard to keep. After hearing Greg Sage at Select Aquatics say they were easier to culture than he had anticipated, and that they kept the water quality higher in the initial phases of growing out very young, and small, Odessa fry, I figured I'd give a try for the same reason. I've also given up on micro-worms, because I can't successfully keep the batches from going moldy or attracting flies. However, I found micro-worms very easy to reproduce. (I do vinegar eels now instead of micro-worms).
  12. That "is" the biotope. I tried to keep it as natural as possible. 😉
  13. I've been working on this for quite some time. Getting the stalagmites just right has been a labor of love. Just thought I'd share.
  14. The only place I've seen these for sale are at Dan's Fish, if you were looking for them. These are also known as Emperor Tetras, or purple/blue emperor tetras, not to be confused with the other, more familiar Emperor Tetra Nematobrycon palmeri.
  15. @AtitagainNo problem. I'm pretty sure I saw fry in there when I peeked this morning. Once then lights are on a little brighter in a few days, I'll take some pics and post a thread. I've bred egg scatterers before, but this is my first tetra species attempt.
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