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Don't be insulted by this question. Are you sure you have a pair?? I find
that lineatus gold is one of the hardest of killies to sex. Is the males
ventral fin pointed and the females rounded?? Color means nothing!!! I
have seen plain brown males and gold or green females.
If you are sure you have a pair, is your water quality good. Would you
drink out of it?? If not try 50% water changes daily for a week. Water
chemistry is not that important to this fish. Just avoid the extremes. If in
doubt add a little R/O or rainwater.
Is your tank big enough?? I keep two pair in a 20 high. This fish is not
happy unless it has at least a 10 gallon tank.
Is the water warm. My Lineatus do not spawn unless the water is over
75. 80 is better.
Are you using a good spawning mop. Use a big one that floats and tie
rubber bands at the midpoint. Gives the pair something to brace against
when breeding. Look for eggs at the top of the mop and at the rubber
Feed heavily and often. These fish are pigs. They eat more than a blue
gularis or angelfish when happy. I would suggest catching a couple of
moths and throwing them in. I feed heavily with flake and then later add
baby brine or small worms or dapnia so that they can have something to
pick on all day.
Are they old enough?? My lineatus did not start breeding until they were 5
months old. They had been sexable since 2 months old.
Could the parents be eating the eggs?? Try checking for eggs in the
middle of the night or first thing in the morning. The eggs are HUGE. As
big as a Rivulus egg, maybe bigger.
Do the fish feel safe and secure?? Add some floating plants or a bunch
When happy my lineatus easily lay 10 eggs per day. As much as any
other fish in my fish room. However, they do occassionally go on strike
which I blame on water quality and lack of food.
What's the weather forecast? Look for eggs the day the barometer is
falling or the day the weatherman forecasts rain. If hurricane Bonnie is
within a thousand miles start feeding heavily and change the water.
Some of my best collection days have been when major hurricanes have
hit land. The drop in pressure encourages egg laying.
Let me know how it turns out.