Forum Posts

Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Jun 04, 2022
In Breeder's Award Program
by Dave McGrew 06-04-2022 A young Cobalt Blue Discus pair have spawned for a third time in this tank. The first two spawns were a surprise. This time, I had them separated from BNPs, light backing added, temperature raised, and a breeding cone installed. There are still a hundred things “wrong” with the setup, but they’re trying — which is encouraging.
Spawning Report: Symphysodon (Discus) [Incomplete] content media
1
0
15
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
May 26, 2022
In In The Tank
Just sharing some evening regards from my Discus…
Amazon Grace content media
0
1
45
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Apr 17, 2022
In In The Tank
This year, I have greatly enjoyed getting acquainted with some North American Native fish (NANF) suitable for home aquaria. In one 29 gallon aquarium, I have found what seems to be a good harmony between three species: (1) Notropis Chrosomus — Rainbow Shiners (14x) (2) Enneacanthus obesus — Banded Sunfish (2x) (3) Etheostoma caeruleum — Rainbow Darters (4x) Here is a video showing the Shiners in breeding colors. Notice a Darter appears in bottom left, and Sunfish in bottom right (a second sunfish bottom left)…
Three NANF Species Cohabiting  content media
3
2
41
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Apr 16, 2022
In Breeder's Award Program
by Dave McGrew 04-15-2022 After five months, a small group of Southern Redbelly Dace I've kept in a 20 gal.-long with few darters has moved from winter to spring. Males have colored up spectacularly. Here are several recent photos of mine... And here is my breeding set up: A Rock Tray is placed right under the circular fan / powerhead flow (small Hydor) and somewhat pressed down into the substrate. The Dace were spawning in the tray this morning (04-15-2022). Here is an illustrative video of their behavior (probably trying to eat eggs they'd spawned fallen down into the stones)... Here is a (rather boring) video showing the deliberate process of me discovering the first batch of eggs... And here's a very short video of the "gleanings" from this first pull... I pull the eggs, and place them in a DIY floating / flow-through hatch tray, then replace the shoes tray for more spawning... Here is a video explaining this all.. Later in the day (5:30 pm) I pulled the tray again... WOAH! BIG HAUL OF EGGS! On 04-19-2022, the first wigglers were starting to become visible… 04-20-2022 Wow! A lot more wigglers visible... Eventually, there arose a problem with fry getting through the coarse foam in the flow-through. I saw this happening... Decided to move the fry bin... And then settle fry into a new 10 gal growout... Fry really began to rise by 04-28-2022... They were fed on vinegar eels and New Life Spectrum "Grow" Fry powder for a week or so until they could eat newly hatched baby brine shrimp. Skip ahead to May 18, 2022... Finally crossing the one month threshold, here is a look at these SRBD fry on May 29, 2022... And here, May 31, 2022, catching loads of fry (I cannot count . . . maybe 200+) to ship out to a NANF wholesaler... Here are the measured Water Parameters and Tank Specifics: Spawning Tank Size: 20 gal. long Substrate: White inert sand-like fine stone Hardscape: Creek Rocks, Piece of Moping wood Plants: Pothos, algae, Java Moss, Water Wisteria, Money Wort Filtration: Sponge Filters (2x) Spawning Media: small multi-colored mandscaping rocks piled 2-inches deep in small glass bread-baking pan for SRBDs adults to spawn over top of AVG Temp: 70-78 F (no heater, basement temp. increasing with season) pH: 6.8-7.0 KH: Unreadably low (titration test drops started yellow) NH3 (Ammonia): 0 ppm. NO2- (Nitrite): 0-0.25 ppm NO3- (Nitrate): 80 ppm+ Water Change Schedule: Infrequent -- ca. once every three weeks Grow-Out Tank Size: 10 gal. Substrate: black generic Aquarium gravel (pea gravel) Hardscape: Nothing Plants: Assortment including Anacharis, Java Fern, Moneywort, Java Moss, etc. Filtration: Two Small Sponge Filters AVG Temp: 70-78 F (no heater / basement warming with season) pH: 6.2-6.4 KH: Unreadably low (titration drops started yellow) NH3 (Ammonia) / NH4+ (Ammonium): 0.75 (Ammonium, given the pH) NO2- (Nitrite): 0 ppm NO3- (Nitrate): 80+ ppm Water Change Schedule: never changed Here is a photo showing water parameters -- grow-out tank on the left, breeding tank on the right: MISC. NOTES The challenge with spawning many NANF is awaiting the arrival of Spring. As if on cue, these Southern Redbelly Dace transitioned from their drab winter colors to a brilliant display once (a) temperatures began to rise into the 70s, (b) photo period was lengthened to simulate spring, (c) water changes triggered spawning. As with yarn mops for mop spawning species, adding rinsed-out stones acts like a stimulant. These fish tend to spawn actively at first light once the breeding season sets in. They spawn over stones, fertilized eggs fall to the bottom of the tray amongst the landscaping stones (ca. 1-inch in diameter) beneath their reach, and should be retrieved same day as spawning. Eggs can be moved to a protected hatching container with air and anti-fungal treatment. I used a float-in / flow-through fry container. After a few days, fry become "scooters" moving around the bottom, especially when a light is shown on them. Another week, and they begin to rise. The fry are extremely small / thin, are attracted to any flow, and will pass through any available outflow regions in their container. Fry were fed vinegar eels and New Life Spectrum GROW fry powder starter for a week or more. Eventually they progressed to freshly hatched baby brine shrimp. Once they have been on BBS a week or two, finely crushed flakes were added. Bug Bites Flakes -- Color Enhancing, and Spirulina worked well. Also Xtreme Krill Flakes. As evident from their measured parameters, these NANF are not as delicate or demanding of parameters as some tropical species. Adults were fed a selection of frozen foods to bring them into spawning condition. Several young Rainbow Darters and a random Swamp Darter also share room in the spawning tank without any conflicts.
Spawning Report: Chrosomus Erythrogaster (Southern Redbelly Dace) content media
3
1
60
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Apr 01, 2022
In In The Tank
I’ve kept 6x of these Banded darters in a winter cold water 20-gal tank here. Just starting now to show vibrant spring color. Wonderful US Native fish…
Etheostoma zonale, male, spring color content media
4
0
54
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Mar 20, 2022
In Breeder's Award Program
by Dave McGrew This report will include a number of random loose threads since it has become quite a little journey. To begin, I cleared out two 5.5 gal. aquariums housed inside the cabinet of my 33 gal long with the intention of eventually hatching out some annual killifish from the nothobranchius genus. Since it takes awhile for annual killi eggs to rest dormant, I decided to attempt breeding bettas. I fell in love with Betta Imbellis, the wild-type so-called "peaceful betta." Here's photos of a trio I ordered from across country: I will not mention the seller because the fish came in nearly dead. Their shipping / transport water was very cold (ca. 50-degrees F). Perhaps the heat pack failed to actuate. I got down right away to resuscitation. To begin, they got a slow drip from target tanks: Then a temperature acclimation with an airstone: The male, in particular, was brought back from the very edge of death. He was grumpy for about 48 hrs, but eventually perked up, ate, and started to show his colors. In the tannins, he is a stunning green. I kept the females in one tank, and the male in the other. They were all fed a variety of quality foods -- frozen, live, and and some flake. In time, I used a tall Evian water bottle to build a transparent tube for introducing a female to the male's tank. He really put on a show for the female! I left them in together for a few days, and eventually pulled the female. The male had built a nest under the floating catappa leaf, and I started to see fry moving. Fry were starting to free-swim on March 19, 2022 We will see how many survive. I plan to separate males eventually, although they can be housed together much more affably than Betta Splendens. I designed a whole shelf of Betta (later Killi) jugs... I plan to set them each up on the shelf like this, with a sponge filter (not pictured), plants, catappa leaves: Unfortunately the fry from this first breeding attempt did not make it. Perhaps the male stopped caring for them. Or maybe they failed to properly develop their labyrinth organ. In any event, a second go at it commenced on Monday, April 4, 2022. The nearly finished Jug Rack is displayed at the end of the video…
Spawning Report: Betta Imbellis (Incomplete) content media
0
3
54
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Mar 11, 2022
In In The Tank
I’m working on breeding Apistogramma Cacatuoides. I bought a group of 12x Pencilfish from my LFS. The manager isn’t all that familiar with identifying species. His supplier claimed they are “Coral Red Pencilfish.” I’m thinking they’re not. Are these Beckford’s? Golden? Something else? Male: Female (?): Group Photos: Sorry about all the BBS in the water. It was a big new hatch feeding day. I imagine this might be complicated by some of these being immature, and only recently acclimated. There’s also the _possibility_ that separate subspecies got bundled together. But for what it’s worth, there’s already breeding behavior!
Can You I.D. this Pencilfish? content media
0
5
53
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Mar 10, 2022
In In The Tank
I’ve a dream… breeding Discus for BAP. I’ve settled in to three possible pairs in my display tank: Pigeon-Blood Brown-Turquoise/ Striped Turquoise / Snakeskin Looking forward to the journey. I’d love insights from others who’ve been successful with Discus. (Especially golf pros 😎)
Teeing Up for Breeding Discus content media
0
0
14
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Mar 09, 2022
In In The Tank
Thought I’d share some photos from my Rainbow Shiners breeding activity, how I collect eggs, and set up a hatching container. First, I notice they’re spawning over the target zone… I next look to see if eggs are caught in the rocks before pulling… Now, I pull the container… Carefully pull out stones… And look over eggs, remove detritus, snails, etc… Then add to prepared specimen container with airstone, put in just a few drops of Methylene Blue, and cover to keep dark… Now it’s a waiting game. Once I get Wigglers, I move them over to a prepped “Java Box”… All in one stand…
Rainbow Shiners breeding  content media
3
3
47
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Mar 06, 2022
In Breeder's Award Program
On March 2, 2022 I set up a 20 gal. long aquarium for breeding Apistogramma Cacatuoides. I loaded it with Catappa leaves and Oak leaves for tannins. Two caves were included in the setup. One was a resin ornament, and the other was a coconut hut. I ordered a trio from a seller on AquaBid. They came in very well packed and lively. On March 6, 2022, I found one of the females “wooing” the male towards the resin cave. On March 13, 2022, a first batch of fry was observed… To try to preserve from predation, these were pulled to a small breeder net… Unfortunately, this plan quickly failed. Fry disappeared a few days after being pulled despite being fed vinegar eels and BBS. So, a different plan was made. I set up the 10-gal beneath the 20-long as a dedicated breeding space. I added plants, and a coconut cave along with leaves. After about a week, I added the male and one female…
Spawning Report: Apistogramma Cacatuoides (Incomplete) content media
0
0
26
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Feb 15, 2022
In Fish Mongers
I thought I'd share with everyone some fish I hope to bring to PVAS mini auction in March 5, 2022. Because I know how important it can be to prepare well, I thought I'd share some photos and a few tips that I find helpful with these fish in case anyone is interested in bidding on them at auction. BREEDING PAIR OF BRISTLENOSE PLECOS These are in my Discus tank, currently. They can do well at many temperatures, but are currently at around 83-F. They are heterozygous - their father was Golden / Albino, and the mother as Brown. Their offspring will probably yield some golden and some brown. BREEDING PAIR OF EMERALD KILLIFISH (FUNDULOPANCHAX SCHEELI) Non-annual, Africans, these are in a large colony tank full of other Killis. I may have several extra single males to auction off as well. They are a unique splash of color, and can live in a relatively small tank. They are notorious jumpers, and require a tightly fitting lid. Though sometimes Ok in a community tank, the males tend to be fin-nippers if not distracted by a female. ELECTRIC BLUE ACARAS These were bred and raised in my water. If I can secure some breeding pairs, I'll sell them that way. Otherwise, I may have groups of 5 or 7 juveniles, ca. 2-3 inches long. They can grow up to 5 inches in a large tank. A relatively peaceful mid-sized Central / South American cichlid. They do fine with Discus, Rams, larger Tetras. Somewhat flexible on temperature, I find that warm water, 80-F or higher, along with light tannins tends to help bring out the best in them. GERMAN BLUE RAMS I was successful this summer breeding a handful of German Blue Rams. I hope to have a few pairs for sale. I may also have some extra males to add a splash of color to community tanks. They do best for me if kept above 80-F. MUTT GUPPIES Although the name sound unimpressive I'm pretty happy with several color-strains that are turning out of my Guppy Breeding project this year. These males represent two color forms that I've been able to group out. I hope to have a few pairs ready to sell. Because they are bred in a colony with mixed source adults, the Guppies are not heavily inbred. JUVENILE RAINBOW SHINERS (CA. 12x) The top photo here are the adult parents in spawning colors. I think they are the most beautiful fish I've ever kept. They are cold-water / temperate fish that live at room temperature. They are not picky eaters. These fry were born this year. They have not shown color yet, but will do well if someone is patient. They can do well in a 20-gal aquarium or larger. DISCUS I am planning to trim back / thin out my Discus tank to begin to allow some pairs to form for breeding. I plan to sell at Pigeon Blood from the photo above, as well as at least one of the dark blue striped varieties. These are nearing full maturity, 4-5 inches in diameter. I keep them at 83-F. All I use for filtration is sponge filters. I only water change 1x per week. These guys are not hard to keep, despite the reputation. My water is soft, however, so this may pose a challenge if you have very hard water.
March 2022 Meeting, Fish for Auction content media
1
0
165
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Jan 04, 2022
In Breeder's Award Program
by Dave McGrew These U. S. Natives have become a real passion of mine. I acquired a batch of ca. 30x from Blong Yang (White Cloud Dynasty) at the end of the year, 2020. He breeds them for color, using outdoor tubs in N. Carolina. Mine finally began spawning on 07.28.2021... They're egg scatters, spawning over stones in a glass dish. They like a bit of flow, and some direct sunlight all help to trigger them. The females lead the males, turning reddish-hue. The males follow suit, getting all "fired up." The goal is to get enough eggs dropped in the tray to then pull it and move the eggs to a more carefully prepared hatching environment. I breed them in a 29 gal. tall. I place a sterilite container with a sponge filter inside of the cabinet. This is where I move the eggs to for hatching. I call it my "java box." Here's my August 5, 2021 discovery of some hatched fry, and my moving it in... Here's a video of me feeding vinegar eels to the fry. I'm also trying to count the fry for BAP... The process from here was one of just slow and steady daily feedings of vinegar eels, then brine shrimp, sera micron, and eventually crushed flake foods. Fry were moved up to a breeding net eventually. I'll mention that it's kind of hard to express how staggeringly beautiful the adult Rainbow Shiners are in spawning colors. Here's three photos of mine spawning that don't even do them justice... When they drop their eggs into the glass tray, you can actually see the eggs. They look like this... The fry were counted and moved to a breeder net on August 25, 2021... From subsequent spawns, more than 75x fry total were spawned and raised up. Here is another hatching of eggs (Sept. 5, 2021), showing lively scooters in methylene blue... Here's a video once all fry had been moved to a 20 gal long grow-out tank together, taken Oct. 13, 2021... This accounts for several spawns between July and August, and a successful passage of time into October. I sold 60x fry, gave away ca. 12x to PVAS Club member, and still have ca. 17x fry. They are without a doubt my absolute favorite cold water fish. Here's a close look at two of my females full of eggs... I can help answer any questions that folks have. These are such easy fish to keep. Very undemanding. Quite peaceful. And utterly beautiful. No photos do them justice.
Spawning Report: Notropis Chrosomus (Rainbow Shiners) content media
1
5
39
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Jan 04, 2022
In Breeder's Award Program
by Dave McGrew I decided to work on a "Mutt-guppy" project, gently selectively culling to get a range of colors influenced by particular favored genetics. Our LFS cannot seem to keep guppies in good health. However, ones we've bred and brought in perform very well for them. So, I'm setting out to be a help... On July 30, 2021, I bought a bunch of random females from our LFS. I unceremoniously stuck them in a 10 gal. quarantine tank in the closet... Not a pretty tank, but I fed them well. Meanwhile, I bought 4x male guppies and put them in a 20 gal. long with crushed coral (our water is pretty soft)... Sadly, by August 12th, only 2x of the males guppies had survived. Not long after adding the females, I lost one of these two... On August 14, 2021 I added 8x females with the two males... Before they were moved out of the QT tank, a few fry had been dropped (ca. 12x) from prior fertilization. These are NOT part of this BAP project, of course. Just what happens with guppies. As it turned out, the genetics were entirely wild-type / quasi-endler... Now, from here, I'll share a few videos . . . but basically, it's a matter of letting Guppies do their thing. Here's my little boy finding fry in the 20 gal long on August 16, 2021 (shared on Aquarium Co-Op forum)... Again, timing-wise, these would not be fertilized by the dark-blue males. We had to cull a lot of endler / wild-type as fry continued to drop. Here is a video from September 4th documenting some more fry... Here's a video from September 28, 2021... Skip ahead . . . and here's the same tank loaded with fry on December 22, 2021... There's hundreds of fry in here. I cannot begin to count them. To wrap it up, here are 10x young males filmed on December 22, 2021 that are beginning to color up nicely from this breeding project... Lots of variety in feeding. Frozen daphnia, live BBS, and quality flake foods form their diet. I'm glad to answer any questions. In the end, one male guppy is most heavily influencing the genetics in this line. Of course the females are from all different stock. My process is tp cull all wild-type male forms, and steer the project forward deliberately with favored genetics as they display in the males once they color up.
Spawning Report: Poecilia Reticulata (Guppies) content media
0
1
28
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Jan 04, 2022
In Breeder's Award Program
by Dave McGrew Decided to have a go at breeding German Blue Rams. My son earned points for breeding them a couple years ago, and since then bred and raised up a lot of them. I bought a nice male and female from my LFS. Their color form differentiation suggested to me that they were not from the same line (i.e. not siblings) The male: The female: Here is a short video showing their lively interaction upon their first "date"(06.11.2021) Temperature was set to ca. 81-degrees Fahrenheit. They were housed with a school of ca. 17x. Glowlight Pygmy Barbs (wonderful little fish). Their diet included some live BBS, and quality frozen foods. They finally spawned on 06.21.2021 I used the same technique as my son has found success with, pulling the eggs, and suspending in a Lee's large specimen container with air and H2O2 to prevent fungus... They were finally free-swimming on 06-27-2021... The caring process from this point forward is extremely detailed, and I will omit most of it. Anyone interested can inquire. On July 6, 2021 I counted a huge number of Rams -- about 89 total -- but there was a crash... In the end, long story short, I ended with less than half of these. Here are several photos from July 14, 2021, showing some nice fry development (along with irksome hydra)... By August 5, 2021 I had 32 surviving fry... These were moved into net breeders, to enjoy growing in better cycled water without being predated upon until they were large enough to add to the main tank... I'll admit that my Nitrates were bad both in the specimen container and the grow-out tank. pH was close to 6.0 in the hatching container, but nearer 8.0 in the aquarium. Again, long story short, they've matured nicely over the months since. Here is a video how they looked by December, 2021... Here's a couple photos taken December 14, 2021 of the best looking of the batch -- these have actually spawned in the tank already, though they ate their eggs... Young male from this spawn: Young female from this spawn: There is much more to report, but perhaps I'll just leave this here for now. Glad to answer any questions.
Spawning Report: Mikrogeophagus Ramirezi (German Blue Rams) content media
1
3
29
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Sep 04, 2021
In In The Tank
Enjoying breeding Notropis Chrosomus very much h! 17x are nearing 1-month. Another 12x just a week old. And some 50+ eggs are “wiggling” here. The adults in full breeding colors are unbelievable…
Rainbow Shiners, Fry & Wiggling Eggs content media
0
0
37
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Aug 24, 2021
In In The Tank
Finding my Notropis Chrosomus (Rainbow Shiners) in spawning dress today, I thought I'd make a rambling video explaining how I breed them. I wish I'd found something like this back when I started with them.
Breeding Rainbow Shiners content media
1
3
68
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Jul 22, 2021
In Breeder's Award Program
by Dave McGrew On June 11, 2021, I cleared out our African Cichlid tank, added wood from a separate tear-down, leaving in a pair of Bristlenose Plecos. The Ancistrus, female brown / olive, male golden, enjoyed the reset so much that they decided a particular crack in the wood looked like home. By June 13, 2021, golden eggs were visible, guarded by the golden male. By June 15, 2021, a few of the eggs could be seen "eyeing-up" -- embryonic development evident. On June 18, 2021, the first hatchling was discovered on the front glass, still wearing much of its yolk sack. The male turned around in the cave to apparently "guard" the remaining fry in the cave. Fry emerged en force on June 25, 2021 (this date will mark the commencement of BAP "free-swimming" marker) All fry chocolate like mom, bursting out of the "crib" . . . Here is a 1-minute video dated 06-25-2021, showing the fry emergence: From June 29, 2021, here are some shots of preparations of boiled Zucchini for fry Some photos taken in the pitch dark of night that same evening . . . Here is a video, taken July 4, 2021, of the BNP fry eating zucchini again . . . Here is a video, dated July 14, 2021, surveying the massive grout colonies of Electric Blue Acaras and Bristlenose Plecos. And one final video update for BAP, 07-31-2021 . . .
Spawning Report: Ancistrus (Bristlenose Plecos) content media
1
10
57
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Jul 15, 2021
In Breeder's Award Program
Submitted by Dave McGrew 14 July 2021 I bought two pairs of Elassoma Okefenokee from Jonah’s Aquarium, arriving on March 26, 2021. They went into a 20 gal tall loaded with Rocks, wood, hornwort, water lettuce, and lightly carpeted with bronze crypt. Filtration was powered by two sponge filters. Temperature was maintained at room temp - staying between 68-72. Here are several short videos of them right off the bat... Since these native U. S. fish require live foods and would not take flakes or frozen food, I fed baby brine shrimp, and seeded the substrate with loads of live black worms. When in spawning mode, males darken up and will display attractive blue streaks along their sides. To court females, male Okefenokee Pygmy Sunfish perform an impressive wiggle-all-fins dance to draw them to a suitable spawning location. My younger son, Sammy, got into them and we made a fun intro video together about them for our YouTube channel It was not until May 24, 2021 that I found our first fry. I fed vinegar eels and baby brine shrimp regularly, assuming that there must be more. On May 31st, I was able to count 6x. Here is a photo showing 4x circled with orange brine-shrimp-filled bellies at night. Here is a June first video feeding of baby brine shrimp. On June 14, 2021 I located and counted 5x total fry. Had we lost some? They seem to have an uncanny ability to be come less visible the larger they grow. They really can be hard to photograph. Here are three photos all taken on July 4, 2021 that show with increasing difficulty how well they can blend into their surroundings On July 13, 2021, we decided to tear apart the tank and find them all. Sammy was a great help spotting the little ones with his healthy young eyes. It took us 30 mins, and we found 12x fry. Here is a time-elapse video documenting the search and findings in just 2 mins. In the end, the greatest challenge is really finding the fry. They were all growing in the tank, but we never saw more than 7x at once. Water parameters were fairly good, with perhaps a touch too much Nitrate. The pH is higher in this tank than in others of ours due to a large amount of crushed coral added to the pea gravel substrate. pH - 8.0 Ammonia - 0 ppm Nitrite - 0 ppm Nitrate - 30-40 ppm In my final analysis, I think that these fish are for a certain kind of fish keeper. I enjoyed breeding them! But spent most of my time trying to find them.
Spawning Report: Elassoma Okefenokee (Okefenokee Pygmy Sunfish) content media
3
9
106
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Jul 05, 2021
In In The Tank
I'm just going to leave this here . . . our fish enjoying the Sera o-nip treat tablets again after a hiatus. Kudos to John Mangan for the Xenotoca doadrioi starter pack, and Bob Bock for getting us into Emerald Killifish.
O-Nip Joy content media
0
0
21
Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)
Jul 03, 2021
In Breeder's Award Program
PVAS BAP 07-02-2021 by Dave McGrew Last year, we bought four young Electric Blue Acaras for a good deal at our LFS. They were a few months away from spawning size, but we enjoyed keeping them and watching them mature. It turned out that we had the good fortune of coming up with two pairs. One pair finally spawned, and Ben pulled the eggs, and earned his BAP with a lovely batch. We grew the fry out, selling them off as soon as stores would allow them to move. Eventually, we gave the bonded pair to a highschool class room. They grew out there and by the school year’s end, they were moved on to a massive 120 gal. aquarium at our local hospital Cancer Treatment Center that I helped plant and stock. Now, the remaining pair looked like they were readying to spawn a number of times, but we never seemed to find success. Meanwhile, in another tank, a violent drama was beginning to unfold. Our Threadfin Acaras (Geophagus / Acarichthys heckelii) were maturing to breeding size, and suddenly a switch filpped and they turned on each other. One was severly injured before I could isolate and treat in a quarantine context. Long story short, after a few weeks of treatments, it was moved in with the Electric Blue Acara tank. Unfortunately, fungus was setting in on its injuries. So I began a treatment of API Fungus Cure — which treats with active ingredients acriflavine and malachite (Victoria) green. And suddenly, as if on cue, the EBA pair started spawning. On May 16, 2021 I pulled the shell they spawned on, and suspended in a Lee’s large specimen container, hung inside the tank with an air bubbler. The fry hatched and were free-swimming by May 23, 2021. But the adult Acaras spawned again, and I pulled a second time. Long story short, I had a double-header of free-swimming fry by May 31, 2021 I set up the specimen containers with sponge filters and added java moss and water lettuce to help stabilize the environment. By June 9, 2021 they could take finely crushed flake food. Regular water changes were vital. I replaced 16 oz. of water every other day or so with clean, R.O. sourced bottled water. On June 20, 2021, I moved all fry to a 55 gal grow-out aquarium cleared just for them. Here is a video of moving the 1st batch... The fry soon began to grow, and really took control of the large space. They share the aquarium with a newly hatched batch of Bristlenose Pleco fry (with parents). Their current grow out tank parameters definitely reflect heavy stocking: pH - 6.8 Ammonia - 0.25 ppm Nitrite - 0 ppm Nitrate - 80+ ppm (yikes!) The Nitrate was a swift prompt for water change, and more frequent changes going forward. The fry eat a mixture of finely broken up flake food, pellets ground to powder with a mortar and pestle, and live baby brine shrimp. I forsee the ned to divide portions of these EBAs into separate tanks in the not too distant future. Fortunately, I am learning how to effectively ship fish. I assume I’ll need to move most of them using online auction sites. They sure are a show-stopping fish!
Spawning Report: Andinoacara Pulcher (Electric Blue Acaras) content media
1
2
44

Dave & Ben McGrew (Fish Folk)

More actions