I have just got a couple of fry from N. beckforidi - I know, nothing special,
but despite a long time keeping fish, I only just got "into" pencilfish.
NielsV wrote:I have also a group of N.Rubrocaudatus. Till now i have not seen any activity of spawning, unfortunately. How is it going in your tank?
NielsV wrote:Do you have some information how you breed the N.Morthenhalerie? Temp, parameters etc....
NielsV wrote:You find some spawning reports of the rubrocaudatus? You hope/think that there spawning just like the morthenhalerie?
I read some article that the rubrocaudatus have been catched by Ph 5.5 and TDS around 20.
But for the rest there is less information about this fish.
About 3 weeks i get some new rubrocaudatus to increase my group, +- 10 fish. Than i have a total of 20 rubrocaudatus.
Than they get there own tank for breeding, fingers crossed.
apistomaster wrote:Hi Frank,
Good luck with breeding these Pencilfish. Both species are on my "To do" list.
I have tried two groups of N. mortenthaleri and underestimated the intraspecific aggression intensity both times. I will give them much more room next time. 10 N. mortenthaleri in a 20H was not enough room.
I have yet to get any N. rubrocaudatus and I do not know if this is correct but I get the impression that their aggression level is a little closer to that of N. trifasciatus.
I definitely plan to try one of these again and I think the next time it will be N. rubrocaudatus.
I wish you the best success.
I have bred a couple other Pencilfish; N. beckfordi(easy) and N.marginatus.
I only saved a handful of N. marginatus fry but raised hundreds of beckfordi.
I also have raised about 3 species of Copella/Pyrrhulina. This family of fish, the Lebiasinidae, are one of my favorites.
I haven't bred the more common Copella arnoldi, Splash Tetra yet but have bred and raised C. cf. nattereri and C. cf. nigrofaciata and one Pyrrhulina cf rachoviae types.
All these produce minute fry and Pencilfish just have soda straw mouths so their fry seem to require infusoria for a long time compared to Copella types.
I have currently been attempting to breed Copella spilota but so far not luck.
apistomaster wrote:I definitely had intense aggression among my N. mortenthaleri to the point of resulting in deaths.
In many fish such aggression may be over come by higher stocking densities.
This is a young pair of Copella spilota.
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