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In answer to Burt Gorton's question about breeding A. striatum
(Killie Talk Digest #682); I don't separate the sexes at all. I
think a 1:1 ratio of males to females works fine. I never
separate the sexes, since this is a relatively peaceful species.
I picked about 30 eggs from one "floating" mop today from a 2.5
gallon tank containing just a pair. My water has a hardness of
about 75 ppm and a pH of about 6.5 and contains a teaspoon of
salt per gallon. The tank also contains a box filter containing
only coarse aquarium gravel.
This fish lays relatively large (for it's size) eggs, mostly high
on the mop near the water line. So go with a floating mop that
just touches the tank's floor. I pick eggs and place them in
trays which are painted black on the outside and contain the same
water they were laid in and contain just enough acriflavin to
impart a pale green color. Eggs take about 3 weeks to "eye up"
and hatch at 75 F.
I feed the adults mostly frozen BS, frozen daphnia, and some
frozen bloodworms. Fry are placed into 1 gallon tanks containing
Java Moss. They are usually capable of taking BBS after
hatching. Just go light with it, since small tanks can pollute
very quickly if food is not consumed quickly.
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