10-26-2012, 02:44 PM
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farlowella fry eatting.
Originally Posted by Byron
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.
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.