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Tateurndina ocellicauda Breeding
Has anyone tried breeding these fish ? I have managed to get a pair and there is not a lot of info on them (guessing not common for aquariums)
Originally Posted by stevenjohn21 View Post
As the breeding period commences, the male will pick a suitable spawning site (usually one of the flower pots) and began to circle around it. When a female swims by, he will flutter his fins in front of her and nudge her towards the opening of the pot. If the female wants to spawn, she will swim into the flower pot and attach her eggs to the roof. The male will fertilize them and then promptly chase the female away. The eggs are big and transparent and needs to be cared for by the male. You should therefore let him stay with them. The male will work hard to provide the eggs with fresh water rich in oxygen and fend off any intruders. Without a fanning male, the risk of fungi attacks will increase dramatically.
The eggs will normally hatch 24-48 hours after spawning. When the eggs hatch, the male will no longer care for them and the newly emerged larvae can therefore fall prey to any adult fish in the aquarium. Sometimes the male will even eat his own fry. If you want a high fry survival rate, it is therefore necessary to either remove all the adult fish from the aquarium, or move the fry to their own separate fry rearing tank.
The fry rearing tank doesn’t have to be big; 2 ˝ - 5 gallon of water is enough, provided of course that you know how to keep the water quality up in such a small container. Use water from the aquarium to fill the fry rearing tank and increase the temperature to 78 degrees F. A mature foam filter will help you with the water quality. The fry rearing tank should ideally contain live plants, e.g. Java fern and Java moss, since this will produce a steady supply of infusoria, which is a great source of nutrition for newly hatched Tateurndina ocellicauda.
Newly emerged fry will still be in the flowerpot and are therefore comparatively easy to move. Use a finger to block the hole in the flowerpot while you carefully invert the pot so that the big opening of the flowerpot (where a flower would grow) faces the surface of the water. Gently lift the pot up from the aquarium and do not remove your finger from the hole until the pot is resting safely in the fry rearing tank.
As mentioned above, newly hatched fry will feed on infusoria that will grow automatically if you have live plants in the aquarium. When they become a little bigger, you can start serving them newly hatched brine shrimp. Once they have grown accustomed to brine shrimp, you can simply feed them bigger and bigger brine shrimp until they have reached adulthood.
Young fry will spend their time swimming in the upper part of the aquarium, but Tateurndina ocellicauda fish will always go down and settle on the bottom sooner or later and then live out their life down there. Young fry are really shy, but as they become bolder (and more used to you feeding them) they will start swimming to the front of the aquarium as you approach.
Young Tateurndina ocellicauda fry are translucent and will not develop any coloration until they are at least 1-2 months of age, at which point you may be able to see the characteristic dark spot on the base of the caudal fin. When they are around three months of age they will be fully developed, but still really small and without adult coloration. When they are around four months of age they will be roughly 1 ˝ to 2 cm long and begin to show a hint of yellow. At this age, they are still too young to be sexed.
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