Spawning the Chinese Algae-eater

Written by William Berg

And one day there were fry... Spawningrepparttar Chinese Algae-eater (Gyrinocheilus aymonieri)

By William Berg of Sweden, for

Gyrinocheilus aymonieri Common name: Chinese algae-eater Family: Gyrinocheilidae (Algae eaters) Order: Cypriniformes (carps) Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Max size: 30 cm/ 12 inches Water conditions: pH range: 6.0 - 8.0, temperature 25 - 28C/ 77-82F

I would like to say a few words about one ofrepparttar 125840 bigger surprises I've had as an aquarist. A few years ago I was cleaning out a 50 gallon holding tank in which I kept fishes that were going to a new aquarium whenrepparttar 125841 new aquarium was ready. I also used it for keeping fish I didn't know what else to do with. At this time this aquarium was home to twelve blue discus of about 10 cm, and four albino Chinese algae-eaters that were about 20 cm. The aquarium was overgrown with lots of C. Demersum since it had been neglected a little duringrepparttar 125842 previous months. Nowrepparttar 125843 time had come to clean this aquarium and try to weed outrepparttar 125844 jungle that had formed. To my big surprise I found a small (1.5 - 2cm) Chinese algae-eater fry. After looking around a little more I found a total of seven fry. I stoppedrepparttar 125845 cleaning and leftrepparttar 125846 aquarium as it was, sincerepparttar 125847 water quality was good and I didn't want to change too much. I didn't see any reason to moverepparttar 125848 fry since they seemed big enough to be safe fromrepparttar 125849 discus which I was moving to a 120 gallon Amazon tank in a few days anyway.

The fry survived and grew relatively fast on a diet of what they could find inrepparttar 125850 well-planted aquarium, and boiled lettuce. But I never gotrepparttar 125851 parents to spawn again, andrepparttar 125852 fry themselves never spawned either. However I would like to say a few words about howrepparttar 125853 Chinese algae-eaters had been kept beforerepparttar 125854 spawning, and which waters they spawned in, to see if I can help anyone else have success where I failed - to breed Chinese algae-eaters and figure out what triggers them to breed.

Your First Cichlid Aquarium

Written by William Berg

Your First Cichlid Aquarium

By William Berg of Sweden, for

So you're thinking about trying cichlids. A good choice. In this article I shall try to give a few examples of good cichlid aquariums that are suitable for beginners. I've tried to suggest set-ups that will be beautiful and easy to maintain, and species that are easily bred so that you might observe this fascinating side of cichlid behaviour.

This article targets those who haven't that much experience with aquariums in general and cichlids in particular. If you are a more experienced aquarist who is just new to cichlids these set-ups will still be good, and you have a lot of other options as well since you are probably capable of keeping more sensitive species than those suggested in this article.

Aquarium: It is possible to keep some cichlids, such as Lamprologus ocellatus, in very small aquariums. However, for your first cichlid aquarium I would recommend a larger aquarium of no less than 30 gallons/120 L. There are several reasons for this:

- A larger aquarium is easier to maintain and easier to keep in good condition. - Cichlids are aggressive. Some cichlids are much more aggressive than others, but almost all cichlids are aggressive and a larger aquarium makes it easier for weaker fish to avoid this hostility. - Cichlid behaviour is usually more interesting if you can keep more than one isolated pair in an aquarium. For example this may allow you to seerepparttar parents guarding their young.

Water conditions: Which water conditions you should have depends on which cichlids you want to keep since their preferences differ greatly. For your first aquarium I recommend keeping species that are less sensitive to water conditions, and if you choose to tryrepparttar 125839 species I recommend in this article you normally won't have to think about water conditions. I don't recommend keeping cichlids fromrepparttar 125840 great African lakes as your first cichlids if you are an inexperienced aquarist, since they have more specialised demands.

Feeding: The cichlids I recommend accept all kind of food, however I would recommend giving them a diverse diet consisting of pellets/flakes, frozen food and occasional live food.

Species: Now torepparttar 125841 fun part: choosing fish species to your new aquarium. I will give three examples of possible aquariums. The first one has its origin in African rivers and is more friendly, whilerepparttar 125842 second one features cichlids from Central America. I will also give a suggestion for a composition that has its origins inrepparttar 125843 Amazon. However this composition is a little bit harder to get to breed and requires a larger aquarium. I would recommend at least 50 gallon/ 200 L.

1. African cichlid aquarium (30 gallons) 1 pair of kribs (Pelvicachromis pulcher) 1 pair of African butterfly cichlids (Anomalochromis thomasi) 1 pair of Egyptian mouth-brooders (Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor) 4 Ancistrus (plecos)

2. Central American aquarium (30 gallons): 1 pair of Archocentrus sajica (T-Bar cichlid) 1 pair of convicts (Archocentrus nigrofasciatus) 2 Hypostomus (plecos)

3. Amazon aquarium (50 gallons): 4 angelfish ( Pterophyllum scalare) 1 pair of Aequidens curviceps 1 pair of Aequidens maronii (Keyhole cichlid) 6 Ancistrus (plecos)

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