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|Breeding Aspidoras sp. C125|
|by Adrian Taylor|
ne day as I was visiting a local store, out of the corner of my eye I spotted two little fish swimming vigorously up and down one corner of the tank, so I decided that a better examination was called for. When I peered into the tank all I could see was two little Aspidoras. I could not determine as to what their sex may be, as they were on the smallish side but I took the chance that the behaviour I had noticed earlier and continued to observe, which was mainly that the smaller of the two was pursuing the other larger one, was an indication that they may possibly be of different sex. As there were only the two left, I went ahead and purchased them both.
The fish were quarantined for ten days and as they showed no signs of disease were moved into a tank that contained a couple of pairs of Skiffia Multipunctata livebearers. The tank measured 50cm x 29cm x 19cm and had a sand substrate and filtered by a air powered small corner box filter, the air flow was on what I would describe as being neither too slow or too fast. I fed them one day on newly hatched brine shrimp and flake, and the next day on newly hatched brine shrimp and grindall worm and so on. On average I did 15% water changes probably six out of seven days. Into one corner of the tank I placed a woolen breeding mop.
Over the next couple of months around a dozen eggs were found on an average of every ten days, but these always (no matter what I did) fungused up. This led me to believe that maybe the fish were too young to be fertile, so I decreased the amount of water changes I did to 5% daily and 30% on the seventh day.
After a couple of months of this
the fish had grown with the ‘female’ measuring
30mm and the ‘male’ measuring 25mm and
The water conditions at the
time just prior to spawning (these fish have only spawned
during night time) were:- Temp 22°C, PH 6.5,GH 3°,
KH 3°, nitrates nil, & nitrite nil.
The first food
that was offered to the fry was green water, taken
from an outside source and on the days following were
fed a mixture of micro worm and soaked flake food,
and on the fifth day I started feeding them newly
hatched brine shrimp and microworms. With this type
of feeding I always do a daily water change of 20%.
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