An early escape…..

Papa "Pucallpa Gold"
Photo by Dennis Ball

Things are heating up in the fish room and Papa “Pucallpa Gold” is tending eggs again.

At some point last night, this little dickens made an early escape from the cave.

Probably be a few days before the rest of the brood joins the escapee!

Devario acrostomus spawning

Devario acrostomus
Photo by Dennis Ball

Back in October I picked up a bag of Devario acrostomus at the C.A.F.E. fall auction, (  Well for lack of a better place to keep them, I put them into a 20 gallon long that was over-grown with some vals that I had picked up at the C.A.F.E. spring auction.  Can you tell I really like the local club auctions? Continue reading Devario acrostomus spawning

Spawning Plans…..

Leopard Danio
Photo by Dennis ball

There are just too many fish and not enough time.  I guess that’s why I feel compelled to put together a spawning plan every year of the fish I’d like to work with.  Going through the fish room it’s easy to rule out some of the fish.  The 046, 183 & 201 plecos are all too young to spawn yet.  I have plenty of Danio roseus, D. kerri, D. rerio var. frankei, D meghalayensis, Devario assamensis, and D. acrostomus on hand already. Continue reading Spawning Plans…..

Spawning Ricefish

Male & female Ricefish
Back in the spring at our annual club swap meet, I picked up some very cool little Ricefish from another club member, Mark Miller.  I hadn’t really done much with these guys other than to marvel at how their eyes glow a very bright blue.  They are so bright that they catch your attention from across the room.

I have the species Oryzias woworae.  These fish come from the island of Sulawesi which is home to 17 Oryzias species described to date. Continue reading Spawning Ricefish

Spawning Otocinclus catfish

Back around the first of the year Petsmart was having a sale on Otocinclus for $1 each.  Each spring for the past couple of years I’ve wanted to try spawning these fish so I picked up a couple bags for a later project.

Otos eating Repashy gel
Photo by Dennis Ball

They have been eating lots of Repashy “Soilent Green” and fattened up very nicely.

The spawning set-up is a standard 10 gallon tank with some anubias and crypts.  It has a course black substrate and the water is very soft being almost pure rain water.  I have a small heater set to keep the temperature at 78 °F.

Otocinclus fry
Photo by Dennis Ball

The fish must be happy because today while doing water changes I found the first fry!

If I can get these fry to adult hood it will be interesting to see if tank raised Otos are a bit more hardy than the store bought variety.



Here are some photos of the fry just a couple of days later…..

Otocinclus fry
Photo by Dennis Ball
Otocinclus fry
Photo by Dennis Ball



Spawning Danio meghalayensis

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to acquire a group of 8 Danio meghalayensis from my good friend Stephan Tanner of Swiss Tropicals. As these fish are quite rare here in the states you can imagine my delight!

After several failed attempts at spawning these fish using a breeder set-up, I decided to loaded them up with live foods and started to monitor them very closely.  Several weeks ago during an afternoon thunderstorm they spawned. Continue reading Spawning Danio meghalayensis

Spawning Danio sp. kyathit

After just observing these beautiful fish for the last 18 months I decided it was time to set them up for spawning.  I picked these guys up from Pete Mang on AquaBid back in 2009 as just some un-identified Danios that came along with the Hikari Danios being auctioned.

For quite some time, I thought they were the stripped version of Danio kyathit, but after looking through Pete Cottle’s “Danios & Devarios” book I thought they might be Danio sp. Red Fin.  Using a photo of one of my breeders, Pete thought they could be Red Fin. Continue reading Spawning Danio sp. kyathit

Success At Last!

After months of producing a fry here and there, I woke up to at least 3 dozen Danio tinwini fry this morning!

When I picked up my breeding stock from Mark Denaro back in May of ’09, these fish were simply known as Danio sp. TW02. In November of 2009 they were properly named Danio tinwini after Mr. U Tin Win of the Hein Aquarium in Myanmar.

In the picture above, the fry are in one of my egg traps. The DIY on the trap is over at the Danionins site…