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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:48 am Post subject: Apistogramma Breeding Journal Reply with quote

 Here  starts  the  journey:
 Couple  of  days  back  I  have  found  
 (a)  a  pair  of  Apistogramma  Agassizi  (AA)had  spawned,
 (b)  a  pair  of  Apistogramma  Borelli  (AB)  had  spawned.
 In  what  I  will  try  to  document,  are  the  steps  I  followed/will  follow  in  raising  the  fries.  I  had  success  with  Agassizi  fries  earlier,  I  am  hoping  I  can  do  the  same  with  Borelli  too.
 (a)  Agassizi  breeding  tank:  21  inch  bare  bottom  cube.  Sponge  filter.  Temperature  maintained  at  around  26  degrees.  The  pair  is  seasoned.  I  did  not  want  them  to  spawn  during  winters.  The  reason  being,  maintaining  a  Brine  shrimp  culture  during  winter  would  be  a  pain.  So  what  did  I  do  to  prevent  breeding?  Two  things…kept  the  PH  deliberately  at  around  7.0  and  gave  them  live  feed  very  sparingly.
 (b)  Borelli  breeding  tank:  21  inch  bare  bottom  cube.  Sponge  filter.  Temperature  maintained  at  around  26  degrees.  The  pair  had  bred  once  with  Vijendra…I  am  raising  the  fries  (almost  a  month  old).  I  got  the  pair  couple  of  weeks  back,  again  did  not  want  them  to  spawn  during  winters.  The  reason  being,  maintaining  a  Brine  shrimp  culture  during  winter  would  be  a  pain.  Same  formulae…kept  the  PH  deliberately  at  around  7.0  and  gave  them  live  feed  very  sparingly.
 
 
 
 Breeding  effort…
 For  AA:  Allowed  30%  to  evaporate.  Change  another  30%  (of  the  original)  implying  keep  old  water  not  exceeding  40%  of  the  total  volume…then  fill  it  with  RO  water  (pH  6.0).  For  the  5/6  days  feed-  microworms,  red  larvae  and  white  larvae.  The  last  two  are  frozen  stuff  procured  from  Germany.  Once  in  two  days,  gave  them  copious  amounts  of  Brine  Shrimp.
 
 For  AB:  Replace  50%  water  with  RO  water  (pH  6.0).  For  the  5/6  days  feed-  microworms,  red  larvae  and  white  larvae.  The  last  two  are  frozen  stuff  procured  from  Germany.  Once  in  two  days,  gave  them  copious  amounts  of  Brine  Shrimp.  I  also  added  some  IAL  and  Bucher  leaves  so  that  the  pair  feels  ‘at  home’
 Small  earthen  pots  are  placed  (two  per  tank).  
 AA  eggs  were  laid  yesterday.  AB  eggs  were  laid  on  Sunday.  My  guess  is  AB  eggs  will  hatch  tonight/tomorrow,  AA  will  hatch  tomorrow/day  after.  It  takes  around  60  -70  hours  for  the  eggs  to  hatch  in  my  tank.  The  AA  female  with  the  eggs  are  still  in  the  tank.
 
 Agassizi  Eggs.JPG  (100.59  KiB)  Viewed  30  times
 
 
 I  will  remove  the  Mom  with  the  eggs  after  they  have  hatched.The  eggs  are  visible  on  the  upper  underside  of  the  pot  (Apistos  always  lay  eggs  on  the  upper  underside  of  caves,  hatched  eggs  fall  off  inside  the  caves).
 
 For  the  AB,  the  Mom  with  the  eggs  are  already  in  the  breeding  box....(sorry  can't  attach  more  than  3  pics..so  more  update  with  pics  later)….
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:12 pm Post subject: Re: Apistogramma Breeding Journal Reply with quote

 Congratulation........keep  going  ........  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:27 pm Post subject: Re: Apistogramma Breeding Journal Reply with quote

 Very  nice.  Thanks  for  sharing  the  info.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:44 pm Post subject: Re: Apistogramma Breeding Journal Reply with quote

 Thanks  a  lot  for  documenting  it
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:44 pm Post subject: Re: Apistogramma Breeding Journal Reply with quote

 Amazing  achievement  Bappa..
 
 BTW..  Noob  question  maybe  but..  what  are  Bucher  leaves  ??
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:47 pm Post subject: Re: Apistogramma Breeding Journal Reply with quote

 Wow..  Congrats,,,
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:03 pm Post subject: Re: Apistogramma Breeding Journal Reply with quote

 Useful  information  on  the  Apisto  Breeding!!  thanks  for  sharing   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:19 pm Post subject: Re: Apistogramma Breeding Journal Reply with quote

 Is  this  also  called  'RAM'...  ?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:22 pm Post subject: Re: Apistogramma Breeding Journal Reply with quote

 Superb  one  congrats!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:43 pm Post subject: Re: Apistogramma Breeding Journal Reply with quote

 Thanks  all.
 Update:  day  4  post  spawning:
 AA:  None  of  the  eggs  are  visible.  The  female  finished  all  the  eggs  yesterday.  The  next  clutch,  I  will  try  and  raise  without  the  female
 AB;  There  are  about  50  wrigglers...red  in  colour.  The  female  is  still  guarding  the  eggs.  Did  a  water  change  yesterday  20%.  Advantage  of  using  a  breeding  box  is  that  I  don't  have  to  change  any  water  from  the  box,  but  from  the  main  tank.  the  female  is  fed  microfex  so  that  she  doesn't  turn  to  the  fries  owing  to  hunger.  
 
 Bucher  leaves  are  slightly  reddish  leaves  used  in  Germany...it  is  not  as  effective  as  IAL  but  doesn't  disintegrate.  
 Ganesaa...no  these  are  not  RAMs  (Ramirezi)..bot  are  South  American  Dwarf  Cichlids  though
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