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It was love at first sight when a friend showed me a picture of these elegant, beautiful Wilds a few months ago.

I just couldn‘t get them out of my head anymore - no matter how hard I tried to convince myself that they will be too difficult for me to keep.

Well - as you might already guess and after tons of research and talking to knowledgeable people, water experiments and testing - 5 tiny goblins moved in and watching them makes me extremely happy and humble.

The downside is that their wild black water habitats are very endangered and as a human I feel responsible for that even if I don‘t live in Borneo.

I don‘t know how far the journey goes and if it leads to reproduction (hopefully), but if you like, follow my first steps into the world of the Wilds (and expect most of the pictures to be of the same horrible quality as these first ones):
 

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Wow! Those fish are great! The tank looks awsome!! Just curious-what are the water parameters and how many gallons is the tank? :love: :love: 🥰
 

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Thank you!

I was recommended a 14 gallon long, well structured tank (limited with plants though as only a handful thrive in these conditions).

Parameters:
pH: 4-5
Hardness: 2
Alkalinity: 0
Temp: 75
TDS: 80
(these are breeding parameters)

R/O Water filtered with white peat and sphagnum moss
 

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Oh - thank you very much for asking!
They are doing great and have grown since.

It‘s interesting observing their behavior - like 1 male has recently claimed a (new) territory and can now be seen at the front screen.

No real courtship yet though, let alone mating.
A friend of mine has purchased all remaining 17 uberis from the breeder, so now we can compare and spread any possible fry across the country😃.

Water Organism Underwater Fish Insect

Vertebrate Organism Wood Lizard Scaled reptile
 

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A friend of mine has purchased all remaining 17 uberis from the breeder, so now we can compare and spread any possible fry across the country😃.
Could you send some to greece? Just kidding, parents would kill me! Glad they are growing!
 

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Great news but still bad pictures from the Burgundies🤗.

They‘re all doing very well and when an aquatic friend came over yesterday to get some fishes and had a look into their tank - he spotted fry. I swear, I look closely every day…never seen fry.

But without any doubt I saw a very well developed specimen - and guess it‘s about a month old. This would be in accordance with the "action" I observed and posted on Jan, 17 th.

Anyhow - it really made my heart jump🥰.

Trying to get some pictures since without success. They are creatures of the leaves…I don‘t even know where the spawning took place and if the male transferred his nest or if he didn‘t.

Once I have grown up fry, I’ll definitely transfer some to a smaller setting to be able to look at things closer.

For the meantime - father or uncle Blurred Burgundy😏😀:
Wood Organism Terrestrial animal Tints and shades Tail

Salamander Plant Organism Aquatic plant Terrestrial plant

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You know that feeling very well with your mouthbrooders, right 😊?! I am always glad having fry (and adore the miracle of life no matter what kind of animal). But I am especially happy that these tiny beauties are spawning now despite me being a first timer. The fry possibly profited from all the different tiny food I am cultivating for my VT spawn anyway.

I´ m always giving a bit to the Burgundy tank - but they are easily overfed if you put in too much. You can either feed them very low every day or leave a day or two in between. What´s your experience with your Wilds?
 
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You know that feeling very well with your mouthbreeders, right 😊?! I am always glad having fry (and adore the miracle of life no matter what kind of animal). But I am especially happy that these tiny beauties are spawning now despite me being a first timer. The fry possibly profited from all the different tiny food I am cultivating for my VT spawn anyway.

I´ m always giving a bit to the Burgundy tank - but they are easily overfed if you put in too much. You can either feed them very low every day or leave a day or two in between. What´s your experience with your Wilds?
Hehe, yes, I’m quite familiar with it! Since they are so prolific, I honestly don’t try too hard to rear the fry. I’ll add some daphnia and frozen BBS (I have the hatching kit all ready to be set up, I just keep forgetting 🥲), as well as finely crushed food that the tiny fry will go for. The young and the female will happily stuff themselves silly so I try to space out the feedings a little bit more than with my domestic bettas. The female and the two biggest babies dance across the front of the tank and watch me like little sharks, begging me to feed them, lol.

The babies are so cute, I’m so happy for you!!!
 

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While I was "serving" food (I think they won’t learn how to beg as opposed to Noodle’s mouthbrooders) I noticed some bubbles on the rear tank screen - behind the Anubias where there‘s almost no surface agitation😊:
Plant Flower Leaf Terrestrial plant Flowering plant


And I think it is what I thought😀:
Water Water resources Liquid Branch Plant


Baking new Burgundies while the youngsters stuff themselves with anything that looks eadible:
Plant Organism Wood Adaptation Grass
 

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A month and 2 spawns later it‘s time for a short update.

Since having suction cupped one of the wooden nesting aids to where I had found the last bubble nest, one couple has successfully spawned another 2 times there:
Liquid Plant Water Moisture Tree


The other good news is that the male in his territory "front left" seems not to be alone anymore…I just watched him together with one of the juveniles flirting. And obviously it‘s a female and obviously he is very eager to watch over her and I spotted her in his territory quite a few times before. I‘m on my way to grab another suction cup and my drilling device and lift one of his funnels up…😄
Eventually, I‘ll have to try and give them a tank of their own.

Him:
Vertebrate Plant Wood Branch Organism


Her:
Vertebrate Organism Wood Fish Adaptation


Both together:
World Fish supply Wood Pet supply Marine biology


Sorry again for the blurred images… I guess you‘re used to it by now😬😀.
 

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