A Lake Tanganyika cichlid, Telmatochromis vittatus are an open water species, usually found at depths of 16-65 feet, in the vicinity of rocky areas. Although shy, they can be a territorial species, but they can be kept successfully with other small to medium-sized Tanganyikan cichlids as long as the tank is large enough. Ideally, they should be kept in a Lake Tanganikan biotope setup, with a sandy substrate and piles of rocks arranged to form caves. An alternative to this could be flower pots or snail shells which would provide shelter for breeding purposes.
Skiffia francesae were listed online as “a New Species of Goodeid Fish from Western México” by KINGSTON, D.I. in 1978. Their common English name is the Golden Sawfin Goodea.
Their natural habitat is a quiet, thermal and clear to murky water environment with only a slight current. The substrate is a deep mud with a few rocks, silt and sand. A few species of aquatic plants are present and the average temperature is between 75 –79°F. The water is heavily polluted.
In the wild they are considered to be a threatened or extinct species. Fortunately, aquarium populations have been maintained in different countries, so this species has not been lost yet. They are a shoaling fish are best kept in larger groups.
Males are a bright gold with superimposed gray cast; colors are more vivid when courting. Females and juveniles are a grayish-green color with scattered small black flecks. The males reach a size of approximately 1 ¾ inches, the females approximately 2 inches in length. They are a livebearer, and after a pregnancy of approx. 8 weeks, 20-30 fry are delivered and these fry can be ¼ – ½ inch long. A heavily planted tank is recommended as they will eat their own young.
This article is a continuation of the previous post, “Breeding Discus – Symphysodon aequifasciatus – part 1.”
After three failed attempts, my new pair of discus have had a successful spawn. The eggs were laid on or around June 19st, 2012. The fry were all free swimming on June 26th, 2012 (Age = Day 1). Just as some others have noted, it often takes new pairs a few tries to get it right, and my pair succeeded on their fourth try.
For many, discus fish are considered the king of the aquarium due to their unique coloration, size, and shape. This South American Cichlid originates from the Amazon River basin, but most aquarium species are selectively bred for color variations by fellow aquarists and fish farms.
For many years now, discus have been part of my collection, but due to space constraints, I could not attempt to breed the species. In a way, my current breeding pair was an accidental pairing. While I set up my new fish room, three large adult discus fish were sharing a 75G tank. Two fish were recently acquired at an auction. Since I was unsure of their age, and they were of a smaller size, they were placed into a 55G community tank for growth before adding them to the rest of the group in the 75G tank. Continue reading Breeding Discus – Symphysodon aequifasciatus – part 1→
Breeding Blue Pearl Shrimp – Neocaridina cf. zhangjiajiensis var. blue
In this article, you can find one account of sourcing shrimp, the setup utilized, and the care taken to encourage breeding of this dwarf shrimp species.
Blue pearl shrimp, are a variation of the same species as Snowball Shrimp, and will readily breed with other Neocaridina species. 1 These shrimp are readily available at local aquarium club auctions and for sale on the web. I searched for these shrimp in many places, including aquatic plant forums (e.g. Aquatic Plant Central, The Barr Report), but ended up purchasing a dozen from a breeder through Aquabid. While I was searching for these shrimp, I payed careful attention to the coloration of the adults, due to the light blue coloration of these shrimp. The seller’s photo of his colony appeared healthy in the photograph, and the blue coloration was as intense as the other available shrimps. Continue reading Breeding Blue Pearl Shrimp→
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