Vanish Posted January 29, 2022 Share Posted January 29, 2022 (edited) This year I decided to participate in the Colorado Aquarium Society Breeder Award Program. My first successful entry was Angelfish. I'd raise angels before, so didn't have a great reason to run its own post. I am currently in the middle of the 30 day period for raising Super Red Bristlenose Plecos. They pretty much did all the work, spawning right in their holding tank, so no post there either. There's a million guppy posts, so I'll just mention that one in my journal; I need to intentionally breed a male/female as opposed to just colony breeding. I had originally planned on trying to breed bronze corydoras next, but I determined mine are not quite old enough yet. I thought I'd had them longer but it appears it has only been since about July. After corydoras, my next options are rainbowfish, as I have five different species: boesemani, australian, sunset dwarf, turquoise and madagascar. I acquired this pair on February 8, 2021. At the time I was looking for boesemani rainbowfish, and these were an impulse purchase. I'd never seen them before and I haven't seen them since, hence one of the reasons I want to breed them. They aren't rare fish, just rare in the stores near me. Here they are then, a little bit bigger than an endler: And here they are now. The male is around 5 inches long. Today, I took about 8 gallons of water from the 90g where they've been living and combined it with an equal amount of water already in a 20 long. I have a few java fern and a piece of wood in there, plus a couple of spawning mops. Silly me did not pre-soak the spawning mops. I attached some weights to help them soak, but they're still floating pretty good. They did not seem to appreciate the move and did not eat their meal 4 hours later, but they seem to have settled in over night. Here is a look from the end of the tank Adult Food I have been feeding frozen bloodworms, frozen mysis shrimp and a homemade blended frozen protein of fish/shrimp+vitamins. I will start adding BBS and endler fry as live foods. I may have to investigate other sources of food if this doesn't work. My dual BBS (one empty until tonight) and egg hatching jar (missing airline since not in use) Eggs / Hatching Quote The females will lay several large brown eggs daily amongst the plants continuously over several months until spawning is completed. This makes things a little bit more difficult than the angelfish. I'm expecting to need to constantly monitor (daily) the spawning mops to remove eggs to the hatching jar. Then, of course, the fry will theoretically all be at different stages of development. My current plan is to do the same thing I've done with angel eggs, placing them in a highly oxygenated jar suspended in an 80F tank. The alternative is to just place the spawning mop directly in the fry tank, moving them to the boxes as they hatch. Fry Care For the fry, I've got my own version of dean's fry boxes prepared in a different long. I've got vinegar eels cultured, but I will probably need to start an infusoria culture. As soon as I see confirmed spawning behavior, I will get that going. I've never tried raising fry that couldn't eat BBS from the start before, so this will be a learning experience. WIP of one of the fry boxes. Will take a photo of the whole setup later this week, the white paint is drying atm. Edited February 15, 2022 by Vanish 4 1 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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