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Breeding Techniques For Puntius Species
August 13, 2008
8:50 pm
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Matt
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I´m done with Bettas for a while and am going to spend some time sorting out the Cyprinid species profiles. First up is the genus Puntius. I´ve bred a few egg-scattering fish but never any barbs, so knowing we have some very experienced breeders on the forum I´d really appreciate some input before I start amending the profiles. So....how do you guys set up to breed your Puntius?

It would also be useful to know which species you have successfully spawned this way as I suppose that some require different techniques than others. Thanks in advance and expect a good few random Puntius questions in the coming weeks! /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

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August 13, 2008
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of the top of my head mate,
odessa, conchonius, titteya,oligolepis, narayani, pentazona,ticto,stoliczkanus,tetrazona,filamentosus, assimilis,fasciatus.
probably a few more but i've opened the bar a couple of hours ago.

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August 13, 2008
11:33 pm
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right i'm half cut now, so this could be utter bilge.
depending on the barb your going to spawn, barbs like odessa, stliczkanus, cherry, or checker, you could breed them in a tank as small as 12x8x8" tank, if you intend to be there when they spawn will depend what decor you use.
go for being there as all you'll need is a decent clump of java-moss. and a small sponge filter, usually they will spawn in the mornings so if you put the pair in the night before everything should go off the next day.
the males are hard drivers in most of the species.
there are also a few that selectively choose the breeding partner, like pentazona, fasciolatus, jae.
for the larger barbs you'd need a tank around 3 foot with a large gravel base or marbles, filament will spawn in either wool mops or plants like cabomba.

tomorrow if i've missed out anything i'll revise it mate.

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August 14, 2008
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That´s great Mick. I had a funny feeling you´d have a fairly extensive list of success with these fish. /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> For the species that choose partners selectively do you add a group of adults to the spawning tank then?

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August 14, 2008
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no mate if you did a group spawn the non breeders would snag the eggs before they could drop.
you have to try to get the pair out of the group, it's usually easy but sometimes you can make a mistake.
i did, and when there was'nt any eggs i put the supposed pair back in the shoal and watched the buggers spawn straight away with no chance of getting any eggs out.
a good friend of mine who bred the jae kept that pair seperate from the rest.

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August 15, 2008
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Aah ok, so do they form lasting pair bonds or do you just have to keep a close eye on what´s happening in the group mate?

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