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Re: Breading Ep. Annulatis
paul lancaster wrote:
> I have never breed fish in peat before......Yesterday I bought Ep.
> Annulatis and I need inforformation on how to breed this Fish.....
> . What kind of temperature's do thay like?
Mine do fine in the mid-upper 70s
> . What PH levels do I need?
They do not care, so I don't either. ;-) [Fish don't feel pH. You adjust it
only for other reasons.]
> . How much peat do I use for the fish to breed in?
They are not typically a peat spawner, in the sense that annuals or
semi-annuals like Fp. are.
It is common, in Europe, to dangle fibrous peat into a shoe-box size
container, to act as spawning medium. It is way too expensive for use here,
so we use mops, leaves, shredded bark, etc. If you have a lot of organic
material in their container, it also may tend to suppress bacteria, which
their eggs seem very susceptible to. If the water is very soft, that will
let the organics acidify the tank and provide even more protection.*
In that sense, soft water and acid conditions can be a bit of help.
They will spawn in mops, but collecting the eggs involves handling that
always caused bacterial problems for me. The eggs rarely hatched.
Fortunately, the parents do not eat the babies, so you can just leave the
mops with them and let the babies hatch right there. Lots of Java moss and
other plants (I like floating water sprite and duckweed or Salvinia) will
permit a good growth of infusoria so the very tiny babies find good first
food. They need microfood for a fair amount of time, before they will take
baby brine shrimp (bbs).
Like all Epiplatys, they are surface fish, so don't expect the babies to go
down and find microworms on the bottom. Use vinegar eels. I feed babies and
parents lots of newly hatched bbs.
Since juveniles may not be so picky about eating little brother, you need to
use an eyedropper and remove the babies before they get too big. A spotlight
from above makes a reflector spot on their head shine, so they are easy to
see in a darkened room. They look like tiny stars darting around.
> . What is the incubation time?
Probably two weeks, but the technique mentioned doesn't let me measure it.
> . Esc...........
> any information or help that can be given will certainly be appreciated.
Free advice is worth every penny. ;-)
* To prove the unimportance of soft and acid, tho, I just measured a 10G
tank that is suffering a small population explosion of ANN Monrovia. [ANN is
a common abreviation for *Ep. annulatus*.] The water is above 230 ppm tds,
and pH was about 7.3. Since most of the 230 ppm is CaCO3 o/e, that is pretty
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