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Re: J. floridae (was [Killietalk] Conditioning breeders)
Diane Brown <debunix at well_com> wrote:
And maybe a little romantic music?
I can't say how well that will work, but *much* larger tanks than you
are looking at (29G and 3G) are probably called for. If more than one
pair is involved, a 55G is barely big enough, even if very heavily
planted. [As I recall, mine were kept in the 78-80F temp. range.]
Lee gets away with a trio in a 6G, but that, IMHO, is a fluke and not
typical. Maybe he never got them into a *real* breeding frenzy? IDK.
I found a 10G for a single pair was way too small for comfort (and
safety of the female, who really got chowdered before I rescued her).
The same has been true, IME, for most other pupfish species. They are
not like the tiny puddlefish of Africa or SA. Give them *lots* of
veggies, and a little bit more space, or you will not be rewarded with
their more interesting behaviour. Conditioning requires a balance of
veggies and high-protein worms or insects. [Forget BS as they are
essentially worthless for *floridae*.]
Juveniles often are easier, but grown fish are territorial and need
serious space, IME. I have seen a frenzied, frustrated male take a
mouth-size bite right out of a tough Amazon Sword leaf! They do have
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