It would seem as though I’m in a bit of a rut. I had some big plans for work in the fish room this fall. I was hoping to redo the fish room layout, and add some more tank space, but I just can’t seem to pull the trigger and get started.
It’s also been over a year since I’ve actually set up fish for spawning. Here’s my short list of fish I’m hoping to spawn in the next 30 days or so…..
I was lucky enough to get some of these beauties from Mike Drawdy of Imperial Tropicals at the 2009 ACA Convention in Cincinnati Ohio. I’ve spawned these fish on several occasions and they are quite stunning displayed in a well planted tank. The last time I offered these fish was during the local swap meets back in the spring of 2015.
These are one of my all-time favorites among the Danios. My original breeding stock came from an Aquabid purchase in March of 2009. They were sold on Aquabid as Danio sp. hikari, but later identified for me as Danio kerri by Pete Cottle and Frank Greco. Very undemanding and simply beautiful in the aquarium.
I picked up these fish at the 2013 CAFE Fall auction. I put the original breeders into a 20 long that was over-grown with vallisneria. As adults these fish are 3+ inches and simply could not maneuver well enough to eat the fry with all the plant growth. These fish are quite rare here in the US and I would like to get them into the tanks of other breeders.
My first group of these came from Bev Newcomer. I later received fry from Bill Travarrow at Eugene Research Aquatics. These are larger Danios at 3+ inches as adults. Young fish have yellow markings, but as they age the color changes to gold and then to red in the adults. These fish are also not very commonly found in the US. It would be nice to see them become more established in the hobby.
Another of my favorite Danios. I first acquired these fish from my good friend Stephan Tanner of Swiss Tropicals. I was lucky enough to spawn these for the first time back in the spring of 2012. I recorded most of the details on the Seriously Fish forum. These fish show off some serious colors and are fairly laid-back for large Danios.
Well that’s my short list. Wish me luck! If I get through these fish in a timely manner I have some others I’d like to have available for the swaps next spring.