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post #1 of 4 Old 05-13-2007, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Botia almorhae- Can it be done?

Well, the other day I took a trip to my lfs, looking for what kind of fish I could breed in a 30 gallon. I had planned on ruby barbs, but then I saw the yoyos.
I didn't have enough for more than one, but I saw a huge, egg-laiden female and got her. Because I realized that the flourescent pink gravel used for my convicts wouldn't be as attractive or as cozy as sand, I drained the tank and swapped gravel for filtered play sand. The tank is full of pots, some driftwood, and a rock cave where the female has taken residence. I have read a few reports of clown loaches and other species spawning, but all rare. I feel I'll have a chance with this female, and the others I may be purchasing tomorrow. Any tips? I need to find out what kind of water these guys need, soft or hard, alkaline or acidic, so that would help.

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-13-2007, 05:20 PM
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the only gaurenteed way of breeding them is via hormon injections.
it would be a one in a billion that they spontaniously breed in a home aquarium.

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the only gaurenteed way of breeding them is via hormon injections.
it would be a one in a billion that they spontaniously breed in a home aquarium.
But don't forget about environmental stimuli!
Maybe a period of drought/heat and then rain/cold would do it.
And some whitebait.

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But don't forget about environmental stimuli!
Maybe a period of drought/heat and then rain/cold would do it.
And some whitebait.
Maybe but the chances of them breeding is still quite rare. Weather loaches may be your best bet. They can breed on the sudden onset of rainfall hence called 'weather loach'.

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