Breeding Hemiancistrus subviridis

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Post by Haavard Stoere »

I´m extatic :D

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Yesterday I saw a couple of Hemis in one of the caves. I couldn´t dare to believe that there was something going on. Today there was just one of the smaller males in the cave, and he was doing the "moves". I tried to slightly turn the cave so that I could see inside, and that scared the male off. I took the clutch and placed it in a guppy breeding box with an airstone.

The raining season hadn´t even started yet. I fed them normal/large quantities of canned peas, salmon pellets, shrimp pellets and bloodworms. Strictly no water change. Also added salt and gibsen to elevate conductivity and gh. Four days ago my heater failed, and the water have gotten colder. It sank from 28 degrees to 26.5 degrees.

I usually let the male take care of the eggs. What do I do now?

Cheers :cheers:
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Post by Daragh »

Fantastic, congratulations, looking forward to seeing how things develop for you...

Brilliant thread.
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Thank you:)

My dream is to fill my 720 liter tank with these wonderful fish.
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Post by Shane »

I usually let the male take care of the eggs. What do I do now?
Outstanding work! First place the eggs in a container within the parent's tank. I like to use a breeders net trap of the type sold for livebearers. Place an air stone near (not on) the eggs to simulate the male fanning water over then. Provided the main tank has good water quality (and I am sure it does) you do not need to ad any medications.
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PS I have not used the above method with the same spp, but have used it with success with 3-4 different Ancistrus spp.

Here are some different type of products available. I use the Lee's Net Breeder, but any of these should work.
http://www.aquariumguys.com/refugiums.html
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Wow! Good luck!

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Post by Haavard Stoere »

Thanks for the advice, Shane :) Thank you Mats :D

Should I add snails?
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Post by Kostas »

Big congratulations Haavard!!! :) :wink: You did it!!!You setted up a tank good enough for them to breed :wink: I wish to follow your example soon :D

I would say that it would be a bit risky adding snails at the egg stage...Its safer to add them after all eggs have hatched although there is no absolut need for them...

Good luck with the eggs!
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I agree with Kostas. Skip the snails.
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Post by Haavard Stoere »

How long before I can see if the eggs are fertilized?

It is really weird about the male who guarded the eggs... He is rather small.

I believe this is the male. He is only 12cm tl. (earlier photo). On the other hand I have had him for about 2 years and 8 moths, so he is no juvenile.
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Congrats bro!!!!!! tup
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Post by Erlend D Bertelsen »

Congratulations Haavard.

That was fast. I hope you have success with the eggs.

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Hi Haavard!

Congrads of the impressive news!

Can't wait till your next update!!!!
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Wow! Congratulations!!!! Is this the first time in history?
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Post by firenzenz »

Dude!!!

How cool is that- Well done!
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Post by Richard B »

Excellent work Haavard! Well done -let's just hope it becomes a regular occurrance (maybe with other individuals?)

Keep us updated with your progress
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Post by Haavard Stoere »

Thank you guys :) The eggs are still looking fine.
cmstwc wrote:Wow! Congratulations!!!! Is this the first time in history?
H. subviridis has been bred twice by another norwegian.
Richard B wrote:let's just hope it becomes a regular occurrance (maybe with other individuals?)
I believe it will be a regular occurance. Yesterday I startet a rainy season in the tank. From now on I will try to flokk breed the fish in the main tank without intervension. The filtersystems are specially constructed for this purpose.
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A small update... The eggs are about the same. Nothing rotting or molding as far as I can see. Are the white ghostly things the embryos?

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Nice!!! :ohyeah: can't wait to see the babies :wink:
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Post by drd »

Hi Harvaard !

This is fantastic news for any L200 lover out there.
I am thrilled to follow your thread about yours because i have a couple of them myself.
Maybe not the biggest but they are about 12-14 cm big.
How big was the female mother of this bunch of eggs ?

I belive that i have one of each here at least.

They are in my 720 litre tank with my breeding group of L333´s.

The L333´s are getting about 80 or so bigger every month now, soon i have to get rid of halv of my youngsters i belive because they are so many now that i hardly have room for them all.

Your eggpic is almost as nice as my sturisoma eggpic :D
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I keep zebras,L200´s,L183´s,L333´s and many more,lots of corys and some cichlids from south america :D
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drd wrote:Your eggpic is almost as nice as my sturisoma eggpic :D
Yeah! I will have to do something about that :wink:

I shall mount my flashlamps over the eggs in an attempt to produce something better:D :)
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