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Old 09-07-2010, 07:49 AM   #21
 
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:/ what is the survival rate of the fry in your experience? I am hoping to let quite a few of the fry grow to a good size, even if that means getting one or two more tanks.

Also, did you find it quite easy to get your BNs to spawn or did you do anything to induce it e.g. simulating the rainy/winter season?
Could not begin to suggest survival rate for much depends on water quality and or genes of parents.
I offered my adult fish spirulina flake and pellets ,along with frozen brine shrimp and blood worms,alage wafers,and New life spectrum med fish formula along with Zuchinni on regular basis and just let the fish decide when the time was right.
Though I made no efforts at triggering spawning activity, the fishes began breeding in Novenmber when I suspect the water in the tank at work cooled perhaps slightly due to it's location in front onf North facing window.
My local fish store offered to take the fry and I received store credit for them but they insisted that the fish be at least two inches long. It took considerable time for mine to reach this size (nearly four months) but they were long finned albino variety and perhaps they grow slower?
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Old 09-13-2010, 01:34 PM   #22
 
Right, well.....!! Went to the fish store at the weekend, the one that's 20 miles away. I rang up first to check they still had the BN adult female they'd reserved, they said they did so off I went....got there, told them what I had come for, and the girl went to get it from the holding tanks in the back..brought it out and let me have a look at her in the bag....I looked, and said "erm...that's a male!!!!!!!!" Had branched bristles and everything!!! I was like noooooo I've come 20 miles for this fish!!!
As luck woud have it though, the girl had her own breeding pair in the back which she offered to sell me so I agreed. So I now have a good sized pair in my 17gal tank :) she said they had only bred 3 times since Christmas (had some of their babies for sale, very cute!!) is this about average for breeding rate?
I have them in my tank now with a few ornaments, driftwood etc and bare bottomed tank. I have put an air stone in attached to a pump, should I have this on or not?? I want the water to be well aerated but I don't want to disturb them? I have also been keeping the lights mostly off is this a good idea or not?
Trying not to be too impatient lol, I really hope they don't take ages about it!! Lol
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:25 AM   #23
 
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Right, well.....!! Went to the fish store at the weekend, the one that's 20 miles away. I rang up first to check they still had the BN adult female they'd reserved, they said they did so off I went....got there, told them what I had come for, and the girl went to get it from the holding tanks in the back..brought it out and let me have a look at her in the bag....I looked, and said "erm...that's a male!!!!!!!!" Had branched bristles and everything!!! I was like noooooo I've come 20 miles for this fish!!!
As luck woud have it though, the girl had her own breeding pair in the back which she offered to sell me so I agreed. So I now have a good sized pair in my 17gal tank :) she said they had only bred 3 times since Christmas (had some of their babies for sale, very cute!!) is this about average for breeding rate?
I have them in my tank now with a few ornaments, driftwood etc and bare bottomed tank. I have put an air stone in attached to a pump, should I have this on or not?? I want the water to be well aerated but I don't want to disturb them? I have also been keeping the lights mostly off is this a good idea or not?
Trying not to be too impatient lol, I really hope they don't take ages about it!! Lol

Would condition the fish with spirulina based brine shrimp, vegetables,veggie flakes or pellets, and maybe once a week offer some frozen foods such as blood worms,krill, or small bits of shrimp either frozen or freezedried but the majority of foods should hold vegetable matter. Too much foods with protein(animal), is not good for them.
Wood is good ,(the more the better) Caves just barely large enough for them to enter are also needed. They like small tight caves that are easily defended and have but one way out or in.
Airstone would be fine, I had a large sponge filter that ran off an air pump along with HOB filters .The light's off ,,I can't comment on other than to say the only light my tank at work receives is from eight foot fixture some six to seven feet above the tank ,so the tank was shall I say not well lit.
You might try performing water changes every once in a while(once or twice a month), with slightly cooler water than what's in the tank.This can sometimes induce spawning activity but I would first let the fish settle in their new tank and feed them a variety of foods as mentioned to help ensure they are really healthy.
Take care to keep the water fresh, and uneaten foods removed,and the fish will do the rest in their own sweet time.Some things take a fair amount of time ,and often times the more we want something,the more difficult it seems to be. Patience.
Read all you can find on the care and breeding of these fish ,for I can only relate my own expieriences and the more info you have the easier it is to understand the fishes wants, needs, and behaivors.
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:55 AM   #24
 
Thanks 1077. I have been feeding most of the foods you have mentioned, will veer more towards the vegetable based as I have already given them some frozen blood worms. Put a slice of cucumber in last night and did a vac of the huge mess they had made with the algae wafer!!
I have had my first male BN for over a year now and I'm always reading about their care and breeding, the internet is fantastic!!
I think I need to get some better caves as the entrances on the ones I have are too large really. I saw someone on one internet page had put terracotta plantpot SAUCERS with a little door chipped out which seemed a good idea and had worked for them.
Think I'm just going to go with normal lighting for their tank. How long should I leave the airstone on for each day? It is quite noisy with a strong flow, I don't want to put them off!I have my fluval U2 in there still but it's decided to stop working, cleaned it and it's still not working so I'm going to take it to pieces and see if I can do something with it.
They seem to be settling in well, the male has already established his territory in a castle ornament but I'm not sure they would breed in there, it has an open top.
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:10 AM   #25
 
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Thanks 1077. I have been feeding most of the foods you have mentioned, will veer more towards the vegetable based as I have already given them some frozen blood worms. Put a slice of cucumber in last night and did a vac of the huge mess they had made with the algae wafer!!
I have had my first male BN for over a year now and I'm always reading about their care and breeding, the internet is fantastic!!
I think I need to get some better caves as the entrances on the ones I have are too large really. I saw someone on one internet page had put terracotta plantpot SAUCERS with a little door chipped out which seemed a good idea and had worked for them.
Think I'm just going to go with normal lighting for their tank. How long should I leave the airstone on for each day? It is quite noisy with a strong flow, I don't want to put them off!I have my fluval U2 in there still but it's decided to stop working, cleaned it and it's still not working so I'm going to take it to pieces and see if I can do something with it.
They seem to be settling in well, the male has already established his territory in a castle ornament but I'm not sure they would breed in there, it has an open top.
They're liable to breed anywhere. I made several caves for them but they chose the underside of a large piece of driftwood.
Do be sure and keep your filter material wet in aquarium water (not tapwater) while you work on the filter . Should you decide to repalce it, stuff the old filter material that is in present filter in your new one.
Filter material allowed to dry out, or that is not in a tank with fish,,will result in good bacteria being lost and water quality issues for your fish.(toxic ammonia)
Would run the airstone 24/7 until you get filter repaired/replaced, and change water once in the morning and once in the evening until you get the filter working again.
Fish won't survive long without a filter.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:20 AM   #26
 
Yeah have got airstone running was just worried about it stressing them out! I have left the filter in the tank, I do know about the nitrogen cycle etc.
I might see how they go for a while with the caves and if no breeding happens, try something else.
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:05 PM   #27
 
Well my BN pair were fine after my two other males died, thanks for the advice :)
and.......they've bred!!!!! Finally!!!!! I'm so excited lol. Saw a flurry of activity in there on Saturday night and today I got a look at the eggs, the male is doing a great job. Just gunna keep the water in top quality n feed my female back up and I'll keep you posted : D
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:22 AM   #28
 
Babies have been born :) very cute. They've been hiding in the castle where they were born for a few days and are now escaping one by one when dads not looking lol
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