Originally Posted by Oldfishlady
Lots of different way to spawn this species-it is finding what works best for you and your breeders. I spawn using a more natural environment and allow natural selection with most of my spawns....Like Indjo posted-if the spawn is really important and you need the lines-you do thing different.
I use the full to the top full of water 10g, but I also use heavy natural planted tanks with soil substrate and sand cap.
You lower the water level for the male not the eggs/fry-breeders with big heavy long fins can have trouble swimming back and forth gathering eggs during spawning and tending after spawn, especially if not conditioned.
I am not even sure I would use any added heaters if my night time temp stayed in the 80F area, how is you humidity? if you are dry heat-you may want to use a plastic veggie wrap over the fry tank to get healthy labyrinth organ development-at least until they are 6-8 weeks old-
The male is ready to spawn at anytime-the female needs at least 3 day between spawns.
I can't say that in my experience the tank size or set up has had anything to do with how big the spawn was or survival numbers.
I have found that it is more related to the male himself and overall heath of the eggs/wigglers/fry and water conditions.
I like to use 10g full to the top with water for my main spawning tank, but I have been doing an experiment this summer with a 5g bucket with 1male and 2females with great success.
Spawning this species is fairly easy IMO/E-it is the fry rearing that can be tricky for some. The right foods and clean water are so important especially for the first 3-4 weeks
So the water level in the container for artificial hatching is immaterial?
Well it's quite humid inside my house. By the way I'm yet to see an aquarium heater in Sri Lanka, let alone buy one lol
And I've been reading your outside spawn thread way before I joined. Did you try repeating that method?