What temp. to breed WCMMs at?
I have 5 WCMMs and 5 golden WCMMs which I want to try my hand at breeding. I have lots of java moss which I moved to the tank floor last night, but I have read lots of different things about the ideal temperature for breeding them in. Has anyone else had any success with this?
Please forgive me for asking, but what is a WCMM?
Sorry, it's a white cloud mountain minnow! Beautiful little fish :)
Thank you for defining the abbreviation. White clouds are pretty easy to spawn. They are colder water fish, so temp about 70 degrees, lots of plants and good filtration.
One note, as soon as you see fry remove the adults from the tank. Fry will tend to hang out near the surface, so hornwort, naja grass or other bushy floating plants will help alot. In the fry tank you can use a sponge filter or corner filter, either would work. First foods include powdered flake food (crumble flakes into powder) and infusoria. Fry should be fed twice/day and water changes should be frequent enough to keep the water very clean.
If you are familiar with spawning mops those work well, anacharis works well also.
Hope this info is useful to you. Best of luck.
That's great thank you!! I have also read that some people like to reduce their water level to just a few inches, is this necessary?
My white clouds are currently in with some tropical fish at 76 degrees so I'm going to put the tropical fish into another tank and slowly lower the temp down to 70 degrees. I could also do with some more plants I think. I have some java moss in there on the gravel and a couple of other plants.
I see no need to lower the water level to a few inches. If you need to lower it, it would depend on the size of the tank. A lowered water level would require much more maintenance to keep it clean, and dirty water is not conducive to breeding any species of fish. A few inches of water would also be quite difficult to filter.
The other suggestion I would like to add is to slide a sponge over the filter intake tube so it doesn't suck up any new fry that happen to swim too close to it. When you do water changes on the tank, unplug the filter, slide the sponge off and rinse it good in the dirty tank water, then put it back onto the intake tube. This will prevent it from clogging up and slowing down the flow of the filter.
Your plan sounds good otherwise, just take the temp down slowly... only a degree or so every couple of days. If you drop down too quickly it can shock the fish and cause harm (or death) because they are now used to the warmer water.
Best of Luck to you! Be sure to post some pics here of the fry when the time comes, I would love to see them, and I'm sure everyone else here would love that too.
That's great advice thank you! I'll definitely post pics if I'm successful!
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