10-16-2009, 05:23 AM
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I breed T. leeri regularly and yes, they need some help to build the nest. First of all, they need an aquarium for their own and that's, maybe, the reason the male isn't building a nest. In this new aqua, put plenty of Vallisnerias and let them grow to the point the leaves are floating on the surface, like a mesh. That's where the male will build his nest. In this aquarium, which shoul be at least the same size of your actual, keep only the pair and a pair of Corys. Provide some shelter, rocks, plant thickets, for the female (not necessary with leeries) as the male sometimes get nasty.
When the fry are free swimming, collect them with a rice spoon and take them to a third aquarium, smaller one, with no more tham 15 cm of the same water they were born in, assuming that this water is perfectly treated (filter, temperature, pH, etc), no plants except a ball of Java moss and adequate food (microworms, brine shrimp nauplii etc).
With everything controlled, you shouldl have a very high output of young gouramies.
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