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Farlowella eggs in process of hatching.
Old 09-21-2012, 11:49 AM   #11
 
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Hey Byron. I just wanted to ask what camera you use. I need to buy a new one and want something that will take decent pics. Yours are pretty nice.
I wish I could afford a decent camera; the one I have was cheap, and sometimes I can get decent photos, but many times not. I had to take dozens of shots before I got those I posted. The fish have to be stationary or it will be blurred 19 out of 20 shots; one in 20 seems to snap at just the right moment sometimes.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:59 AM   #12
 
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Thanks for the tip. They don't always find the algae wafers right away and I was afraid to overfeed and have the wafers dissolve over time and make a mess in the tank. I wasn't aware they were too thin. I will certainly feed more.

I will be rearranging their tank a bit soon. I was thinking to add bogwood and maybe more air stones (currently have only one and I read they like a lot of oxygen in their water). I have some plants in there, but it's not densely planted. Would you recommend I add more plants? Do you have any other recommendations?

I'll look into the filter you have. I currently have a Marineland H.O.T. Magnum 250 Canister Filter which promises to pump 250 gal/hr. It's a 30 gal tank. Would you say that's a strong enough flow?

Getting them to breed would certainly be a plus, but it's not my priority. I really just want to make sure I keep them happy.
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:46 PM   #13
 
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Sounds like you have a good start going. Half of breeding any fish is good conditioning of the females. That is simply making sure they get enough good food to eat. The species I have do like chopped earthworms about once a week or so. Plus any boiled spinach or beets in thin slices or the leaves would give them some good variety. The other half of breeding IMO is water parameters and quality. So try for very soft and 6.5 ph or close to it if you can. I am really lucky on that count as my tap water is just like rain water. Water quality is also important. I give all my tanks a 50% change weekly. Sometime that can be a trigger too.
Good luck and be patient. :} Doug
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:40 PM   #14
 
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I will be rearranging their tank a bit soon. I was thinking to add bogwood and maybe more air stones (currently have only one and I read they like a lot of oxygen in their water). I have some plants in there, but it's not densely planted. Would you recommend I add more plants? Do you have any other recommendations?
The more surfaces the better, as these fish spend all their time grazing surfaces, be they plant leaves, wood, rock, tank walls. They like shade and still water, so plants, plants, plants and chunks of wood including some standing to replicate tree trunks. Farlowella spend a lot of time on vertical surfaces.

You won't need airstones; these are quiet water fish. It is almost impossible not tohave sufficient oxygen in a planted tank.

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I'll look into the filter you have. I currently have a Marineland H.O.T. Magnum 250 Canister Filter which promises to pump 250 gal/hr. It's a 30 gal tank. Would you say that's a strong enough flow?
That is a lot for a small tank; my 30g only has a dual sponge filter. My Farlowella do select the tank wall under the spraybar of the canister to spawn, every time; but aside from this, they spend all their time elsewhere, including at the opposite end where the current is minimal.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:44 PM   #15
 
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farlowella fry eatting.

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I have found feeding the fry the most difficult aspect of spawning. I have Farlowella vitatta, which is the most commonly-seen species aside from the larger "Royal" mentioned in this thread; often (incorrectly) named F. acus, as it notes in our profile [click the shaded n ame].

I had photos in a thread a couple years back for the first several spawnings, and more recently a photo of another. Three survived from the first spawnings, and they are now mature in my 33g. The original 3, which happen to be a male and two females, are still in my 70g and spawn often. The male will spawn with both females if they are ready, and the second lays the eggs alongside the first, with the male guarding them for 10-12 days. Upon hatching, the fry are motionless for another five days before becoming free-swimming. Having fresh green algae in the tank will get them eating, and my present fry from hatching a few weeks back are browsing on dry oak leaves; but any attempt to use blanched spinach and such has been unsuccessful with the fry.

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Hey Byron; I have some good news. I left a small16 eggs spawn in with the parents and they are now in week two and I can still spot 12 of them. This is a 135gal. tank with 3 pair of Royal Farlows, 100 plus Endlers and a few plecos. It is we'll seasoned with being up now for 5 yrs. There are a few plants, driftwood and a couple Almond leaves in decomposition mode. Water = 7.5 ph., 70 GH and a temp of 84*-86*f. I have not beeen feeding any extra fry food at all; just my reg. foods for the tank and a slice of sweet potato boiled 2 min. They are starting to move well and grazing all through the tank. I do notice that they tend to congregate about 2ft. in front of the powerhead outflow. This is a Aquaclear 110 X 900 gallons an hour on a river manifold with 4 #5 hydro sponges; plus only 80 watts of Florescent light. I am pleased so far and thought you would like to hear about it. Thanks again, i will give an update at 1 month.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:43 AM   #16
 
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Sounds good, hope things continue to go well.
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