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Re: [Killietalk] Aplocheilichthys normani
Jeff Ludwig wrote:
I just had five Aplocheilichthys normani (fairly certain on ID, are
there similar looking species?) donated to me, very cool fish.
There are many similar-looking species. Don't ID by appearance alone.
to breed these, would a spawning mop setup similar to a Fp. gardneri
spawning setup be appropriate? If so, floating or bottom? Any tips or
tricks with this species?
They need a bigger tank than GAR, but similar water (moderately hard is
probably OK, but not dead soft). These are a lowland savannah species
that schools in open waters, spawning on plants and any place they can
shove eggs into a tight space in a good current. Give them schooling
space in the front of the tank, with lots of side lighting from a window
to catch their irridescence. [100% top lighting makes most Lampeyes look
dull and plain.]
Lots of oxygen is usually provided by keeping them in a heavily planted
tank and/or with air stones. Getting enough oxygen is tough as they like
warmer water (75-82F). Don't crowd too much. For your 5 fish I would use
at least a 10G tank, but a 15 might be better.
Mop spawning can be done with floating mops. I wrap the mop into a tight
ball with a couple of rubber bands, which gives them a structure for
"crevice spawning." The mop(s) should be in a current from the air
stones or a filter, as the eggs seem to need a lot of oxygen, too. I
have also gestated eggs from similar species in a pilsner glass with a
rigid airline providing bubbles to keep the eggs in supension, much like
Floating hornwort (if it will grow in your water) is another good way to
trap eggs. You can pick the eggs out of the intersection of the side
fronds and the stem.
An egg trap made of two PVC pipe caps and a rolled plastic canvas
cylinder stuffed with filter floss (polyester pillow stuffing) may also
work. Stand where current from the filter keeps the water flowing gently
Lampeyes are great fun, but their breeding is a bit different.
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