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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:36 pm Post subject: Breeding Nothobranchius guentheri - Update Pg 2 Reply with quote

 Got  a  pair  of  what  is  my  first  annual  killifish  and  boy  was  I  excited…
 
 The  male
 
 
 Separated  the  male  and  female  and  started  conditioning  them  with  feeding  romifex  and  grindals  three  times  a  day  (feeding  small  quantities  2-3  times  a  day  is  beneficial  then  feeding  just  once,  making  the  fish  think  that  there  is  a  continuous  supply  of  food,  helps  to  trigger  spawning)  
 
 Nothobranchius  are  easy  to  breed,  as  for  a  fish  with  such  a  short  lifespan  they  don’t  have  much  of  a  choice  but  to  ensure  their  species  survival.  
 
 Breeding  setup  -  A  small  6”12”*12”  tank  is  more  than  sufficient  for  a  pair  or  a  trio.  
 Water  Parameters:
 TDS  -  60
 Temp  -  25
 pH  -  6.5
 
 Keep  it  as  simple  as  possible,  a  bare  bottom  tank  with  a  small  sponge  filter  will  do  the  job.
 
 What  you  would  need  now  is  peat  that  is  available  in  any  garden  nursery.  Soak  the  peat  for  at  least  7  days  to  get  out  any  chemicals  used  while  getting  it  ready  for  packaging.  I  also  put  the  peat  in  water  and  boil  it  for  5-10  minutes  just  to  ensure  that  it  is  safe  to  be  put  into  the  tank.  Fill  the  peat  in  a  small  container  and  place  it  in  the  breeding  tank.
    
 I  have  used  a  box  like  what  is  shown  in  the  below  pic  as  it  gives  a  larger  surface  area  to  the  fish  to  lay  eggs  as  compared  with  round  containers.  Just  cut  a  small  piece  of  the  lid  for  the  fish  to  get  in  and  do  their  act.  It  is  easy  to  just  pick  the  box  after  the  fish  has  spawned  and  separate  the  eggs  from  the  peat.  
 [img]https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/4nOucCIe2oaYibfzIuOiiAVBbEpRBZEbOze9vzvuAUg=w845-h543-no[/img]
 
 The  breeding  tank  with  the  female
 
 
 Spawning  starts  just  minutes  after  you  place  the  male  in  the  tank  provided  the  fish  are  conditioned  well.  Nothobranchius  are  peat  spawners,  the  eggs  are  laid  just  below  the  surface  of  the  peat.  
 Spawning  rituals  -  The  male  will  entice  the  female  into  the  box  by  showing  off  and  flaring.  He  will  then  press  her  down  until  half  of  their  bodies  are  submerged  underneath  the  peat.   They  will  stay  motionless  for  a  few  seconds  before  jerking  and  depositing  an  egg  just  underneath  the  upper  layer.  
 
 
 
 
 I  have  just  one  pair  so  I  keep  the  pair  in  the  tank  for  a  week  and  then  leave  the  female  in  there  and  separate  the  male  to  another  tank  for  at  least  10-15  days.  It  is  very  important  to  keep  them  separate  at  least  for  a  few  days  for  the  female  to  recover  from  the  constant  chasing  of  the  male  during  the  breeding  period.  
 
 Take  the  box  out  gently  and  pour  the  water  along  with  the  peat  in  a  net.  Squeeze  the  water  out  (not  to  worry  the  eggs  are  quite  hardy  and  will  not  be  damaged  during  this  process).  
 
 
 Put  the  peat  on  a  cloth  spread  it  out  to  dry  a  bit,  the  eggs  will  pop  up  over  the  top  in  a  while.
 [img]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/JmRNTnEJRat18InPcG4At_iJ6fShrucDpVVq8Ivb2oU=w950-h543-no[/img]
 
 
 The  eggs  are  opaque  in  colour  and  are  really  tiny.  
 The  eggs
 
 
 Gently  pick  them  up  with  your  fingers  and  place  them  in  a  small  container  along  with  some  peat  used  in  the  breeding  process.  
 
 
 
 Store  this  container  in  a  dark  place  at  25C  for  3-4  mths.  
 Hatching  of  the  eggs  would  be  covered  in  a  follow  up  as  will  have  to  wait  for  at  least  2  mths…  Smile


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:23 am Post subject: Re: Breeding Nothobranchius guentheri Reply with quote

 Great  to  see  some  one  sharing  the  breeding  of  fishes  in  detail..  and  we  are  lucky  to  have  a  specialist  in  killies..  Thumbs Up
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 Absolutely  amazing  to  see  the  process  and  many  thanx  for  sharing  it  with  us
 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:17 am Post subject: Re: Breeding Nothobranchius guentheri Reply with quote

 Loved  the  detailed  pictures  of  each  stage.  Would  be  waiting  to  hear  the  out  come.
 
 Do  the  eggs  need  to  be  kept  in  an  open  container  or  closed?  And  do  they  need  to  dry  out  completely?
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 Excellent  information  explained  in  the  best  method......really  appreciate  your  effort  in  documenting  it  Clapping   Clapping   Clapping   Clapping
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Nidhi  wrote  (View  Post):                
Great  to  see  some  one  sharing  the  breeding  of  fishes  in  detail..  and  we  are  lucky  to  have  a  specialist  in  killies..  Thumbs Up                

 
                                                 
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 Absolutely  amazing  to  see  the  process  and  many  thanx  for  sharing  it  with  us
 
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 Thanks  guys....:)
 
 
                                                 
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 Loved  the  detailed  pictures  of  each  stage.  Would  be  waiting  to  hear  the  out  come.
 
 Do  the  eggs  need  to  be  kept  in  an  open  container  or  closed?  And  do  they  need  to  dry  out  completely?
                 

 Thanks,  The  eggs  should  be  kept  in  an  air  tight  container  to  ensure  that  some  moisture  is  retained  and  do  not  let  them  dry  out  completely....
 
 
                                                 
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 Excellent  information  explained  in  the  best  method......really  appreciate  your  effort  in  documenting  it  Clapping   Clapping   Clapping   Clapping
                 

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:00 pm Post subject: Re: Breeding Nothobranchius guentheri Reply with quote

 Great  artical  vijendra  and  I  guess  your  killi  eggs  came  from  thailand  as  it  doesn't  have  any  location  code.By  the  way  fish  is  fish  and  what  matters  is  you  are  in  love  with  what  you  have  and  is  satisfied.Keep  posting  killimate.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:02 am Post subject: Re: Breeding Nothobranchius guentheri Reply with quote

 Never  heared  or  seen  this  kind  of  breeding  method.  May  be  I  have  never  bothered  to  understand  or  gain  knowledge  on  the  breeding  methods.
 
 So  as  you  have  mentioned  that  the  eggs  are  kept  in  the  box  for  two  months.  So  it  is  kept  with  water  in  it?  Or  just  dry.  Was  wondering  what  would  happen  to  the  fry  when  it  hatches  with  no  water  in  the  container..  Pardon  me  if  it  is  a  dumb  question...
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Never  heared  or  seen  this  kind  of  breeding  method.  May  be  I  have  never  bothered  to  understand  or  gain  knowledge  on  the  breeding  methods.
 
 So  as  you  have  mentioned  that  the  eggs  are  kept  in  the  box  for  two  months.  So  it  is  kept  with  water  in  it?  Or  just  dry.  Was  wondering  what  would  happen  to  the  fry  when  it  hatches  with  no  water  in  the  container..  Pardon  me  if  it  is  a  dumb  question...                
It  is  kept  in  moist  peat  to  incubate.And  keep  on  checikng  eggs  if  they  are  developed.If  you  see  irises  t  hen  its  time  to  wet  the  eggs.eggs  won't  hatch  without  water.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:27 pm Post subject: Re: Breeding Nothobranchius guentheri Reply with quote

                                                   
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Great  artical  vijendra  and  I  guess  your  killi  eggs  came  from  thailand  as  it  doesn't  have  any  location  code.By  the  way  fish  is  fish  and  what  matters  is  you  are  in  love  with  what  you  have  and  is  satisfied.Keep  posting  killimate.                

 I  bought  an  adult  pair,  didnt  order  any  eggs  so  dont  know  their  exact  location...
 
 
                                                 
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 Never  heared  or  seen  this  kind  of  breeding  method.  May  be  I  have  never  bothered  to  understand  or  gain  knowledge  on  the  breeding  methods.
 
 So  as  you  have  mentioned  that  the  eggs  are  kept  in  the  box  for  two  months.  So  it  is  kept  with  water  in  it?  Or  just  dry.  Was  wondering  what  would  happen  to  the  fry  when  it  hatches  with  no  water  in  the  container..  Pardon  me  if  it  is  a  dumb  question...
                 

 The  eggs  are  kept  in  peat  and  one  has  to  ensure  that  the  peat  is  moist  throughout  the  incubation  period.  As  mentioned  by  aqua-nepz  the  eggs  wont  hatch  without  water
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 @Vijendra
 Thanks  for  sharing  a  step  to  step  process  with  wonderful  pictures  too   Thumb Up  
 
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 Why  dont  you  also  put  down  your  step  to  step  process  with  photos  and  show  us  what  you  do  ?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:24 pm Post subject: Re: Breeding Nothobranchius guentheri Reply with quote

 A  pleasant  update  -
 A  video  taken  2  hrs  after  putting  the  eggs  in  water  to  hatch  (after  completion  of  the  incubation  period)
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1cCZsv3rq8&feature=youtu.be
 
 Raising  them  in  this  dreadful  heat  would  be  a  challenge  (reached  47.8D  yesterday,  the  hottest  in  Delhi  in  the  past  62  yrs),  but  so  is  breeding  and  raising  any  fries..Smile
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