Spawning the Chinese Algae-eater

Written by William Berg


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When I foundrepparttar fry their parents had been inrepparttar 125840 holding tank for about 2-3 months. Before that I had kept them in a 50 gallon tank which was heavily circulated and contained very few plants. Temperature was 25C/ 77F. They were kept with clown loaches and various barbs. I've been wondering ifrepparttar 125841 fact that they were kept in a heavily circulated aquarium and then moved to an aquarium with close to no circulation and warmer water (28C/ 82F) may have simulated a natural change in conditions that precedes spawning.

The breeding tank was as I said before, heavily planted, and had little or no circulation at all, due torepparttar 125842 vegetation. The water was old and clean. Dh about 4. I can't sayrepparttar 125843 exact water conditions as I don't know exactly whenrepparttar 125844 spawning took place. Howeverrepparttar 125845 water conditions had been relatively stable and it is reasonably safe to assume thatrepparttar 125846 stated water conditions are correct.

The Chinese algae-eaters had been fed a varied diet which consisted mainly of boiled lettuce and broccoli, Hikari sinking algae wafers, and shrimps. They also aterepparttar 125847 leftovers fromrepparttar 125848 food I gaverepparttar 125849 barbs and loaches, which consisted mainly of different frozen foods.

Sexingrepparttar 125850 fishes I assume is simple. I believe it's done inrepparttar 125851 same way as Corydoras catfishes. Some fish have much broader bodies and I assume them to be females; males are more slender especially if well fed.

Gettingrepparttar 125852 fish into spawning condition seems to be quite simple if they are fed a good diet. Howeverrepparttar 125853 problem seems to be triggering them to spawn. As I said, I never got them to spawn again. Maybe you will have better luck!

Article is written for aquaticcommunity.com by William Berg. William Berg has 20 years of aquarium experience and is the admin at http://www.aquaticcommunity.com


Your First Cichlid Aquarium

Written by William Berg


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Tank set-ups: 1. African cichlid aquarium All of these species are relatively friendly and have different behaviours that will reduce stress betweenrepparttar different pairs. These species prefer a well planted aquarium and leave your plants alone so that you can use all sorts of plants. They also require hiding and spawning places. Kribs spawn in caves which can be created using roots, rocks and flowerpots. A. Thomasi spawns on flat surfaces such as rocks. You will have to leave free areas without plants and rocks to create swimming space and allow you to see your fish more often. Use fine sand as this promotes spawning of Egyptian mouth-brooders. If you just keeprepparttar 125839 aquarium clean and your fish well fed they will thrive and spawn in this aquarium. If you find your aquarium a little empty you can add some small schooling fish such as tetras torepparttar 125840 upper water levels.

2. Central American aquarium The species in this set-up are more aggressive, which explains why I only recommend keeping two species in this tank. Both species lay their eggs on rocks so caves aren't that necessary, but I would still recommended that you create a few as hiding places as these species can be quite aggressive. This is especially true when they are spawning and caring for their young. A sajica usually leaves your plants alone, but convicts often eat plants, so I recommend using more hardy plants such as sword plants, anubias and Java ferns if you want to use plants. Whether to keep plants or not is completely up torepparttar 125841 aquarist. The cichlids will thrive with or without plants as long as you provide a few hiding places. Both species are very easy to breed and it is almost impossible to keep convicts from spawning. It can be very hard to find new homes forrepparttar 125842 fry, so I recommend lettingrepparttar 125843 parents keep their young and see if any survive. In this aquarium some usually will.

3. Amazon aquarium As I said earlier, it is preferable for this aquarium to be at least 50 gallons since these fish get a little bigger. Angelfish shouldn't be kept in aquariums that are less than 50 cm/ 20 inches high. These species are still easy to care for but require a little more from their keeper to spawn. The aquarium should be well planted with free areas forrepparttar 125844 fish to swim in. Use large sword plants or cryptocoryne species to giverepparttar 125845 angels what they need to spawn. The other species requires roots or rocks to spawn on. Caves are not necessary but preferable, especially for A. curviceps. If you find this aquarium a little empty you might add some free-swimming schooling fish torepparttar 125846 aquarium. Never use neon tetras with angelfish, as angelfish like to eat them. The same is true for a number of other small tetras. If you keeprepparttar 125847 water clean andrepparttar 125848 fish well fed they will thrive and with a little bit of luck, spawn.

Final words I have given just a few suggestions for possible cichlid aquariums (there are a lot more) and when you get a little more experience with cichlidsrepparttar 125849 possibilities are countless. Cichlids are very interesting and often beautiful fishes and many of them are quite simple to keep. These are only a few ofrepparttar 125850 reasons behind their popularity. Try them, you won't regret it!

Article is written for aquaticcommunity.com by William Berg. William Berg has 20 years of aquarium experience and is the admin at http://www.aquaticcommunity.com


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