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Anyone bred these successfully and have notes or details on the process?

I'm guessing they are about as easy or hard to breed as most tetras, but I just wanted to see if anyone else here has anything to share so I can start off on the right path. 

I'm not looking to breed them extensively, just wanted to increase the school size in my community tank.

Thanks!

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On 7/22/2023 at 7:32 AM, tolstoy21 said:

Anyone bred these successfully and have notes or details on the process?

If you have a few million of these.... Oh man.

I'm excited for this.

Edit. This may be helpful too.

 

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@Fish Folk @nabokovfan87 

Thanks for the links.

I actually have a false bottom for egg scatters that I have used for Odessa Barbs I was planning on using for the silver tips. However, what I was wondering is do they require a specific Ph range, or hardness, or temp, are the eggs light sensitive, etc. Those kinds of details.

On 7/22/2023 at 12:52 PM, nabokovfan87 said:

If you have a few million of these.... Oh man.

I'm excited for this.

Edit. This may be helpful too.

 

You know I think I made a comment on this video some years back. I'll have to go through and look.

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On 7/22/2023 at 1:58 PM, tolstoy21 said:

However, what I was wondering is do they require a specific Ph range, or hardness, or temp, are the eggs light sensitive, etc. Those kinds of details.

From SeriouslyFish:

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Quite easily bred, although you’ll need to set up a separate tank in which to do so if you want to raise any numbers of fry. Something around 18″ x 12″ x 12″ in size is fine. This should be dimly lit and contain clumps of fine-leaved plants such as java moss or spawning mops, to give the fish somewhere to deposit their adhesive eggs. You could also cover the base of the tank with some kind of mesh. This should be of a large enough grade so that the eggs can fall through it, but small enough so that the adults cannot reach them. It can be spawned in a group, with half a dozen specimens of each sex being a good number. Condition these with plenty of live and frozen foods and spawning should not present too many problems.

Alternatively, it can be spawned in pairs. Under this technique the fish are conditioned in male and female groups in separate tanks on a high quality diet of frozen and live foods, at a temperature around 75-78°F. Keep the temperature of the spawning tank a few degrees higher than the main tank, say around 82-86°F, with a pH on the acidic side of neutral. When the females are noticeably full of eggs and the males are displaying their best colours, select the fattest female and best-coloured male and transfer them to the spawning tank. The pair should spawn the following morning.

In either situation, the adults will eat the eggs given the chance and should be removed at the first opportunity ie. as soon as eggs are noticed. These will hatch in 24-36 hours, with the fry becoming free swimming a 3-4 days later. They should be fed on an infusoriatype food for the first few days, until they are large enough to accept microworm or brine shrimp nauplii. The eggs and fry are light sensitive in the early stages of life and the tank should be kept as dimly lit as possible.

 

 

 

This is very similar to the tub/basket method shown in the video as well.

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