01-25-2010, 08:59 PM
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One interesting thing out found (kinda funny actually) is that some people believe this spawning is influenced by storms.....we just had a BIG BAD storm yesterday here...Truth? Coincidence? I donno...but sure interesting
This is very true. If you want to spawn tropical forest fish and aren't having much luck, the things that will almost guarantee success (assuming the fish are OK) are:
- live foods to get them into condition,
- a major water change, up to 75% of the tank, and use cooler replacement water by a couple degrees,
- and do the pwc on a day of low pressure (stormy, rainy).
The fish definitely feel the pressure in the atmosphere. During low pressure days my characins frequently spawn, even without a pwc, but when the two coincide, guaranteed spawning activity that evening and the next morning. The pwc with cooler water replicates a tropical rainstorm, and these fish are programmed to spawn during the start of the rainy season when the forest floods and the fish spawn among plants now under water and food is plentiful for the fry.