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  1. I have a question for the brain trust: Many egg scattering species seem to gravitate towards plants when spawning. Whether it's because they provide cover or an area likely to house first foods for their fry, the attraction to plants can be almost magnetic. What I've been wondering lately is what the equivalently attractive spawning site would be for species that live in tannic water without submerged vegetation. Take cardinal tetras for example. What do they want to scatter their eggs over? Leaf litter under the cover of a fallen branch? Do they burrow into leaf litter or loose substrate? I suspect that many black water species would happily spawn in vegetation if given the opportunity but I'm still curious, what structures can we recreate to simulate a natural spawning site? Thanks in advance.
  2. Caught my Notropis chrosomus spawning this morning. Thought I’d shoot some video and show how I prepare the rock tray for collecting eggs. Also, this may help anyone trying to sex M / F shiners. Also enjoying the new powerhead, my rarely seen Rainbow Darters. Here’s Mrs. “Rainy.” Mr. “Bow” only appears when the dinner bell rings… The Trio of Xenotoca Doadrioi (Redtail Goodeids) get along perfectly well with the shiners and Darters, though I’ve not seen any fry.
  3. Hi all! I’m wanting to have a go at breeding bettas for the first time this weekend (there’s bad weather and a full moon, and I think they’re both ready)! Forenote: my bettas are both young HMPK that are of breeding age. I got the male online, and the female from a breeder (he was already successfully using females from her batch as breeders). I’ve been conditioning for maybe a week or two now, with live and frozen foods. I’ve consumed pretty much all the betta breeding content on the entire internet, from breeding logs on forums and blogs to YouTube to guides to podcasts, and spent probably up to 50 hours learning as much as I can about bettas and how to keep and breed them. But I want to run through my setup with some experienced betta breeders first, so I’ve got the highest chance of success. So first off, I live in Melbourne, Australia, which means I’m currently in a lockdown said to last until next Tuesday. I’m hoping for it to go longer if I do successfully spawn my bettas, because I want to be able to have a good shot at raising the fry well. I’ve heard the first few weeks can be very delicate. Thanks to the lockdown I can carefully monitor my fish when I introduce them to each other. I’m planning on starting an infusoria culture today, and introducing the bettas to each other tomorrow by way of putting the male in the female’s tank with a divider (female will go on the side with more line-of-sight blocks). I’ve been feeding them both a good combination of live and frozen foods over the last couple weeks, and they look very healthy. The female has a massive egg-spot, is very plump, and is showing her ovipositor clearly. She’s a light colour so I can’t see any barring yet. I’m hoping it will develop a little once the male is introduced. From there my hope is to make my way out to the LFS tomorrow or on Friday to pick up some IAL, and to find somewhere to get a styrofoam cup. I’m going to try the somewhat classic setup in a shallow 2.5 gallon tub with an IAL or two, a turned off sponge filter, some moss, a cave and another sort of line of sight block, and half of a styrofoam cup for the bubble nest. I’ll do the usual method of keeping the female in a bottle with holes in it, and then release her when the male has a decent bubble nest. So I would probably introduce them to this container on Friday night, with the hopes of putting them together midday on Saturday and of them breeding on Saturday night during the full moon, with the option of leaving them a couple more days if they don’t breed immediately and aren’t showing any problems. I’m gonna go with kind of neutral parameters, and pump the temperature up to about 80°F (26ish Celsius). Does this sound okay? Is there anything I’m missing? Any extra tips or recommendations from anyone? Let me know if it would be helpful for me to share images of the fish and setup/s. Cheers!
  4. My bumblebee goby tank is going crazy with spawning and I've had 3 batches hatch. Has anyone successfully breed bumblebee gobies?
  5. I have betta rubra offspring! Although, not from my efforts of moving the holding male to an isolation tank. 🤣 So far I have 3 very juvenile betta rubra in the main 15 gallon where the female is housed. My own efforts haven't been a total waste as I did see 1 fry in the isolation tank where I recently moved a holding male. Not really sure if I should be seeing more fry at this point. The male definitely has the appearance that he is holding something still.
  6. Nerms..... My hairy puffers have formed a pair from my 3 in my "guesstimation". Color changes and heavy, what i am assuming, can only be pre-spawning behaviors and courtship. Im so pumped to see the process i started in 2018 possibly result in fry i figured i would share witth the crew. So awesome just to get a pair formed and displaying like that ive been updating the videos all day. Lol
  7. They laid this (their second time) in the last 24-48 hours. What should be my next move? The piece can be removed easily, should I grab a currently used sponge filter and place it in a new 20 long?
  8. Mostly convinced based on behavior and faint panda pattern this is my first panda loach fry. Which for qualifies in the "that is nuts" category for me if it proves out. Only other fish in that rack system of tanks are a limia p group, a variatus platy group, khuli loaches, and an cousin to barbatus group growing out. There were flagfish about 3 weeks ago in the sump along with hundreds of snails but i recall flagfish fry having a little different mouth structure and orientation was more of an overbite. Anyone think this definately is or is not a panda loach?
  9. Treated this 40 gal breeder with API Fungus Cure. Water looks like engine coolant. Electric Blue Acaras could care less, and chose to spawn on a big shell. I'm trying to figure out exactly how I want to try to pull the eggs . . .
  10. Ok, my P. luminatus laid a single egg (which fungued) and now nothing. I have 3 males, 1 female, and 1 smaller fish that looks female but acts male (flaring, but fins are shorter, seems to be coloring up as s/he grows). I got them in February 2021 and they’ve grown quite a bit since then. They are in 10 gallons of water with a coop large sponge filter and a tiny tetra pump. They have two mops and guppy grass. Bottom is mulm and a bit of sand (moved most sand to the new 20g). A0, Ni 0, Na 10, gh6, kh 3, pH 7.4, T 76.6 (heater) Feeding live (mosquito larvae and bloodworm) daily. Feeding CoOp jar BBS and repashy powder as well. They are eating like pigs, flaring, and swimming through the mops constantly. I pull at least three times a day to check for eggs. I’d like your thoughts. I’m wondering: 1. Too many males? Two of them are more red than orange so was thinking leave those two with the known female and take the other two out 2. Too warm? I got the egg when I didn’t have a heater so temps dropping at night 3. Too young? They’re at least 4 mo old and were small when I got them I’ve read females usually breed once at 1 year old (if this then why the egg??) 4. Are they just eating the eggs constantly? I’m trying to keep them full I know I should be patient - but I’m bad at that. Thanks for your help.
  11. I’ve set up a new 20 gallon high for my shrimp, snails, and P. luminatus. The lumis stayed in their 12g while everyone else moved over. I put in mops and guppy grass and upped my feeding. Today I was rewarded with my first egg! I’m so excited 😃 Of course the least colorful male is the only one who would pose for pictures!
  12. Need some direction after not finding information on glowlight tetra breeding. so far.... I have a 10 gallon set up for breeding. 6 small magnolia leaves added a week ago (collected from my tree, zero pesticides or anything out here in the country) half tank filled with guppy grass. Small sponge filter. put a dim light on the tank this morning to simulate a sunrise and they did the barrel roll several times I was able to see. I had work to do And came back 90 min later and didn’t see any more rolls or courtship after observing for 5 min so I pulled them fearing they would start eating eggs. how long before the eggs hatch, and then become free swimming? Have read a lot about light sensitivity, I have a towel on the tank, how many days before Turning lights back on normal schedule? Last question is when do I start feeding infusoria after the eggs are laid in terms of days from when the spawning occurred?
  13. Hard to tell from picture, but they had babies within 2 weeks or less since introducing them. I didn’t know they had eggs so I’m not as prepared. I have Hikari first bites, are those small enough to feed if I let them dissolve in a syringe and water? I had a whole set up coming to take eggs out when that time comes but they hid them.
  14. Hi all! I think my apistos heard the livestream playing on TV and decided to spawn for me. Every new species I see breed is just as exciting as the first. Male and female spent a couple of hours holed up in the cave shown below. It's completely dark in the back so I did my best to illuminate a bit for a photo. You can see the female tending to the new eggs. Can't wait to see some fry!
  15. Got my Aphyosemion australe eggs from Thaliand in the mail the other day in a nice sealed foil-wrapped package with a hatch date of May 12-19, 2021 on it, and two capsules of fairy shrimp eggs. Yay! Problem is, the instructions are pretty poorly translated and are very hard to understand, so I figured I'd check my understanding with the experts here 🙂 On May 12, I'll empty out the packet of eggs and peat moss into a small, tray-like container (possibly adding in some coir fiber if there isn't much peat?) and cover with half an inch or so of aquarium water. I'll keep the dish on top of the aquarium to help it stay a stable, warm-ish temp in my cool-ish house. I'll check back in a couple hours for fry. Keep waiting until the 19th, I guess, until I see some fry. If no fry by the end of the window, let the peat dry out and try again in 2 weeks. Here's where I get different information: After the fry are hatched, the instructions seem to recommend moving them several times into larger and larger containers until they're large enough for the main tank. But others seem to pour the newly hatched fry directly into their final tank, which is what I'd prefer. If I have no other fish in the tank, just some neo shrimp, can I put the newly hatched fry right in their heavily planted, only sponge-filtered 15 gallon? I have a Ziss breeder box, but it's pretty large and will have trouble fitting in a small tank like this around the decor.
  16. Yesterday I impulsively bought 2 German Blue Rams from my mom and pop fish store. They looked healthy, this morning I noticed they had ick… yes I did the no no and put them in my community tank without quarantine. I then noticed a bunch of eggs, to confirm are these Ram eggs? I assume turn the temp up slowly to 86? I have paraguard also. My other fish are Rasboras, Honeys, rainbow fish so I know it’s not them, duh. But still wanted to confirm. I also was not ready for eggs, I do have a small container I can try to put them in and hatch them, but not sure what to feed the new born? I will do my research also, but wanted to ask straight from you good peeps! thanks!
  17. Hope everyone is well. I was wondering what kind of yarn is best for spawning mops.I tried dye free acrylic yarn but it would bleed and turn my water green even after boiling the heck out of it. And another question unrelated to spawning mops, I’ve been trying to raise up up some double red cockatoides I’ve gotten a few spawns but they always get eaten. I’ve even tried moving the male once but mom just ended up going to town. So I added three more females with hopes that the next spawn momma would be more guarding. Is that the right move or should I remove the other females and just keep the pair? thanks in advance and sorry for the long post
  18. So I have caught my gourami’s in the act several times, however I have seen zero eggs. They are under the bubble nest they do all the climax ending movements, but nothing. Then mister gourami looks around and gets pissed. she has the marble swallowing appearance that indicates she has eggs. any thoughts ?
  19. This time with her original male https://youtube.com/shorts/4y9cB2I_viY?feature=share
  20. Angels must be feeling the effects of the moon! Got some great video of these two.
  21. Hey all, Ive just had a successful spawn from a pair of BNPs!!! Im very excited, its my first ever spawn. Im not too sure when the spawn happened, but the male has been fanning for about 4 days I think now. I just have a question in regards to pulling the eggs. The pair are currently in a 2ft tank with shrimp, and Im wondering if I need to pull the eggs? Will they likely be predated upon by the parents? Im doing lots of research so I can be prepared to try and raise them up, however, I am not determined to raise every single baby. I'm more looking at trying to raise a few. Advice and personal experience would be really appreciated because, as I said, this is my first ever spawn! Thanks heaps, Jeremy
  22. Hello all, I have a colony of cherry barbs that I'm looking to breed. I am starting an infusoria culture in preparation for potential fry. My LFS said cherry barbs can be conditioned with just dry foods - can anyone confirm that? Can anyone offer advice on frozen foods? I'm looking for one type of frozen food that would be appropriate for both conditioning and for raising fry as well. I've read about how great live baby brine shrimp are but I'm not in a position to invest the time and equipment to hatch them on a regular basis. Thanks in advance!
  23. I have a comet and a black moor in a 10G tank. I don’t even know which is male or female. But I can see both have become very aggressive. They laid eggs. Look at the pictures. I am not even sure if they are fertilized. Is this even possible? Please suggest what to do. Should I move the two to a separate tank? My tank is full of eggs.
  24. Just reset this 20 gal. No fish yet. I’m looking for suggestions for breeding. Here’s what I’m working with... 2x sponge filters/ Pea gravel + Crushed Coral / Large Rocks / Aged Driftwood / Pothos Roots hang in / Bronze Crypt / Hornwort / Water lettuce / Water from tap is soft / pH slides around depending on tank set up / can be heated or cold water tank What fish would YOU enjoy trying to breed in this 20 gal?
  25. So, I did an experiment and tried to get some of my turquoise rainbows to breed, and they did! I noticed about a dozen fry swimming around, so I extracted the parents from the breeding tank, which I previously had been using for quarantine. Right away I noticed that one of the fry was quite a bit larger than the others. I thought that was strange but I figured maybe he hatched first, was a fast grower, or something like that. Now that my fry have grown bigger they just don't look like the fish that used to be larger than them. I'm thinking maybe the fish I had in quarantine, two adult giant danios, may have been spawning without me noticing? These are the rainbow fry. Looking very rainbowish to me (forgive my bad pics): And here's the weird guy: Could these be the same kind of fish?
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