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#1 CaptainFindus

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:31 AM

What do you guys think?

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:31 PM

what a phenomenal OHM. great find.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 01:28 PM

thank you!
I am thinking of breeding him. THe breeder gave me a sibling female. But it would be my first time breeding so I am unsure.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 05:50 PM

just be attentive and youll do fine. the fish know what to do, you just need to provide the things they need.
a tip: the most important thing for the fry is clean water, and the best thing you can do for that is provide tons of biomedia, plants, and frequent water changes. i use 2 sponge filters, each good enough for 10 gal in my spawning tank, and dump tons of fast growing plants to soak up all the N and P in the water.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:07 PM

Hes a looker, thats for sure. He looks like a fine beginner breeder, his anal fin looks a little wonky but its nothing bad, whats the female look like?

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:24 AM

thank you for the tips. I will probably be breeding them in june so I have time to read up on it all!
the media would have to be cycled correct? I will just run it in their tanks and move it over with them.

I have not see the female yet but the breeder picked her out for me.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:46 PM

yes the breeder tank needs an established bacterial colony before you breed.

how are you gonna keep the breeding pair? if they are gonna be in jars with 100% WCs, then the media will not cycle. if they are going to be in a cycled tank, then the media will cycle, but not enough to support them because there will need to be a second biological filter for them after breeding.
my advice: add the sponge filter into the spawning tank 2-3 weeks before you spawn, then dump something in there to rot. check the NH3 and NO2 levels before you spawn, if they are 0 and you have NO3 levels higher than that of your tap, do a small WC (just to lower NO3) and your good to go.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 05:58 AM

My pair will each be in his own 5Gal with filter.

Okay so I basically just fish less cycle the breeding tank. Okay perfect.
Then the male remains in there until the fry are free swimming. THen how long can I keep the fry in there until I need to upgrade? I think I will be using tubs. Or is it bad not to be able to observe the fry from the side?

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:41 AM

depends entirely on how fast they grow. i move mine around 1 month of age to a 20 gallon. and then at 2 months start separating out the largest males (they usually arent getting too aggressive yet, at least for me, but they grow faster when separated, and the little one have less competition for food).

its not bad to not see them through the side. but i prefer tanks. the fish dont care that much what color or shape container they are in.

Edited by marko, 16 April 2012 - 09:43 AM.





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