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Copella nattereri spawning info.
November 9, 2011
3:14 pm
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ste12000
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Just a quick update on these fish, im continuing to work with the C.nattereri, ive had several spawns since the first one. There are no accurate, detailed reports on the net of people breeding this species so ill continue here in order to supply some data.

The pairs spawn on a leaf and it seems they choose a sheltered position with a leaf above if possible, ive yet to actually see them spawning so have not witnessed the proceedure in person. I have rescued several clutches of eggs and can say that they hatch after aprox 36 hours and are free swimming several days later, like most copella the fry are minute and require the smallest infusorians for upto 14 days, after this they are able to except small newly hatched baby brineshrimp and then proceed to grow normally as long as water quality is kept high with daily waterchanges.

Egg clutch size is variable, ive counted 37 in one spawn and exactly 223 in a second spawn. This will be effected by size of females and their diet.

The fish are maintained in a colony in a small 20x8x8 bare tank, there are a few too many fish in this tank 4 males and 6 females, i will thin these out shortly. The decor is simply 3 broad leaved silk plants as spawning substrates.

Male in breeding pattern.
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Male guarding clutch of eggs.
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Clutch of 223 eggs.
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Smaller clutch of exactly 70 eggs.
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November 9, 2011
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Good stuff Ste, please do keep this updated. /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

What kind of hatch rate do you get?

Cake or death?
November 9, 2011
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QUOTE (Matt @ Nov 9 2011, 03:41 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Good stuff Ste, please do keep this updated. /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

What kind of hatch rate do you get?

Pretty much 100% hatch rate, ive lost a few freeswimming fry over the last day or two by missing a few vital feeds, ive stepped this up to infusoria 3 times per day and a waterchange at night. Since them all fry are doing ok.. With well over 200 fry its not a problem to loose some!!!

November 9, 2011
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looks and sounds good /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

November 9, 2011
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QUOTE (Colin @ Nov 9 2011, 04:00 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
looks and sounds good /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Cheers Colin, i like these kinds of fish where there is not much info to be found, its a nice challenge in the fishroom. Slowly working my way through the Copella.

I got this fish a month or so ago, anyone any ideas on what species? i dont have a clue..

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November 9, 2011
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Looks like our Copella cf. nigrofasciata, breed like nattereri, Grade I PITA, nasty to each other, tiny fry and so slow to grow.

November 13, 2011
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I had nattereri some years back. They placed the eggs on upside of an amazon swordplant just under the watersurface. They hatched after a couple of days and like the C. arnoldi the fry is tiny and slow growing.

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