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Re: Spawning, I presume: newbie questions
I get GAR to grow in the tank with parents so long as they are well fed.
You could make a spawning mop and then pull mop after a week squeeze it out
and then look for small clear eggs.
At 12:18 AM 12/12/02 -0600, you wrote:
>Tonight I was watching my F. gardneri Misaje couple spawn--at least that's
>what it looked like. The male spent 15-20 minutes chasing and intimidating
>the Endler's into the rear of the tank. Then he and the female swam to the
>front of the tank, side by side and bodies twining around each other, and
>wriggled. It looked like pictures of spawning fish from books. They're
>at least 5-6 months old (purchased as about 1 inch long fish in August, now
>male is 3 inches, female not much smaller), so are they old enough to be
>I took my small magnifying glass (not very powerful--maybe 4X) and looked
>through the glass (since they were kind enough to do this at the front of
>the tank) and looked through the area, at the flourite and the plants and
>snails (just ID'd today as MTS), to see if there were any eggs. What will
>the eggs look like--clear, cloudy, colored, how many mm diameter? Will
>they be attached to leaves or drop to the gravel? From what I've just
>been reading, it sounds like no eggs are likely to survive in this tank
>since the MTS (arrived same time as the fish--likely on plants from the
>same club auction) are such aggressive egg predators. I'd like to know
>what to look for to see if I can rescue some....
>Meanwhile, I made a little ball of netting holding some java moss over a
>polyfill core, and I'm hoping it will grow into a mossy spawning thingie.
>If I know what to look for, I figure I can take that out every now and then
>and collect eggs to rear in an-MTS-free tank, without having to catch the
>adults themselves. Does that sound like a good start?
>brown_d at kids_wustl.edu
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