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Old 07-23-2012, 06:09 PM   #1 
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first breeding setup

Hey guy's,

Here is my first breeding tank setup. 10gal. live plants, snails, sponge filter, heater, thermometer. I have not put the half Styrofoam cup in yet.

I am having a bit of trouble stabilizing the temperature, I want it around
82 deg. so once I get the temp correct I will put the male in.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:10 PM   #3 
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Oh yeah and an Indian Almond leave
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:16 PM   #4 
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Looks good. I would lower the water another inch.
Looks like your filter is on. You need to turn it off until your fry are free swiming.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:53 PM   #5 
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I use a sponge filter with the adjustable valve. When the babies are free swimming I set it very low.

Otherwise looks good. I personally like more plants... But dropping the water level to about 3 inches works :)

What pair are you breeding? Pics?!
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:58 AM   #6 
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I agree with you, but I actually think the water level may be a little low. It all depends on the fish, if they were conditioned correctly, and the breeders preference.

I believe that if the fish were properly conditioned with the right foods and such, you can even fill the tank 100% and it wont (Shouldn't) effect the pair whatsoever.

Yes it would help if the tank is lower, but I think filling my tank to 5-6 inches helps for the fry to be stronger and will get rid of the really weak ones that would just not make it unless I was to lower the water level enough. (Quality over Quantity).

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Looks good. I would lower the water another inch.
Looks like your filter is on. You need to turn it off until your fry are free swiming.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:06 AM   #7 
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I agree about the fry being stronger. And I start adding water on the first week and turn the filter on to bring the water level higher and make them swim around.
I breed HMs and they have very long finnage, that's why I go with lower water levels.
I used to have tanks 1/2 full but I didn't like seeing my long finned HMs, who are usually not very active, have to swim after the female in all that space.
Al long as it works... guess it's ok
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Exactly. I actually forgot to mention that. It's more efficient for HM's to have lower water levels because it's easier for them raise the fry going up and down. Especially when they have long finnage ( the male in your avatar )
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:18 AM   #9 
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Your water level looks fine to me, even for a HM male. Depending how aggressive your pair is towards each other you may need more plants but if they are compatible and you release the female at the exact right moment they will usually go straight to the nest and get busy.

This is exactly what happened when I spawned my first pair of splendens (eggs were infertile sadly) and none of them had any damage at all.
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