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Re: First Crack at Breeding Garneri
Hi, Jason -
Fundulopanchax gardneri are a nice fish, and very forgiving for
Your basic setup sounds fine.
If you leave the pair alone and there are plenty of plants, you'll
eventually begin to see the occasional fry (more if the parents are well fed
and prolific egg-layers). At the start, don't expect to see any fry for at
least three weeks - that's about how long it takes the eggs to incubate.
Even then, you may not see the fry; they hide real well among the plants. If
you do see them, you can remove them to anotehr tank for growout, but this
Another way to breed this species is to condition the male and the
female separately, then put them in a 1-2 gallon bowl for several days with
a top-to-bottom spawning mop. If they're laying eggs, you can then either
pick the eggs for incubation in another (small) container, like a baby food
jar or margarine tub, or you can incubate the eggs right in the mop where
they are, and put the parents back in the main tank. Works both ways.
Have patience, though - some of these fish are active spawners and will
give you lots of eggs. Others are stingy and don't seem to want to spawn
much at all.
Have fun, either way - gardneri are nice fish and pretty tolerant of
most mistakes you can make. Feed well but don't overfeed, and don't neglect
those weekly water changes.
Best of luck - donna
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jason Owens" <jasonvowens at hotmail_com>
To: <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2001 9:11 AM
Subject: First Crack at Breeding Garneri
> Hi everybody,
> I'm about to take my first crack at breeding my Garnerni pair (my first
> attempt at breeding any killies, I should add). If I do a quick rundown
> how I plan to do it, will you give me a bit of feed back?
> * I've purchased a 10 gallon tank. I will heat it appropriately (72-76F)
> and use a sponge filter (hydrosponge for 10 gal). I will plant it with
> mass and a couple of fake plants for added cover. I'll use a small grain,
> dark colored gravel...good for digging. I'm placing one pair of garneri
> and letting them do their thing.
> Here's my question: do I remove the fry once they've hatched? Or, do I
> until a bunch have hatched (and are hiding in the plants), then remove the
> parents? Or will they live together happily?
> I guess the real question is whether I need two tanks: one for the
> parents and a second for the new fry???
> Finally, any insight into timing would be great. Once I drop my breeding
> pair in the tank, how long before I start seeing the little guys swimming
> Thanks so much,
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