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Cualac Tesselatus Breeding Project
January 8, 2009
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Matt
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Some of you may remember these buggers from a few months back. Since then the temperature here has dropped, they've been pretty much inactive and haven't grown much at all. Anyway I've just got back from almost 3 weeks away visiting my family in England and girlfriend in southern Spain and brought back a heater and some other bits. You've no idea how nervous I was looking through the wool mops for the fish as they are so small and I was worried they might have died as it has been even colder while I've been away.

Happily the hardy little so-and-sos are all present and correct so I installed a heater in their container this afternoon. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> They're already out and about and showing interest in food so I think that with a good diet they should start to put on some size sooner rather than later. As not much is known about the species I thought it'd be interesting to keep a log here of pictures and information as they grow and (hopefully) breed. Here's the old image of the biggest male as a starting point and I'll continue to update this thread as things happen.

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January 8, 2009
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Welcome back Matt ...... and looking forward to hear from this breeding project.

January 9, 2009
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glad they survived the cold spell.
lovely looking fish.
good to have you back.

January 9, 2009
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Thanks guys. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> Will keep this updated as promised.

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January 13, 2009
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Yeah, keep it updated. Really interesting to hear about these.

February 24, 2009
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Here are a few fairly pathetic update photos I've just taken. These are now residing outside on the terrace so hopefully they'll grow a bit more quickly. Will endeavour to get better pics soon.

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Male - he has a bit more colour now. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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Now they're a bit bigger I think I have 2 males and 8 females and I was sitting watching the males defend territories; each above a spawning mop at either end of the container today. The difference in their behaviour after only 48 hours outdoors is incredible as I never saw them do this in the house. I hope to see eggs soon!

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February 24, 2009
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Wow that male is stunning /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

February 25, 2009
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Hi Matt!

Great to see that they are doing so well. They start to look good and will be breeding soon for sure. Are you using gypsum in their water? I keep a little piece of rock in their tank and seems to be working, since I had no losses during the winter and the males are colouring up now (indoors).

When the weather gets better I´ll put some of them in the greenhouse to breed.

What about the mentos?

Manuel...

February 25, 2009
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That male is really starting to look great Matt. What kind of temperature range is their water when the tank's outside?

February 25, 2009
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that fish is bloody gorgeous Matt, and the pics are clear enough to see the rays in the finnage, don't put your crappy camera down matey. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />
looking forward to seeing the post that says youv'e bred them and the young are everywhere. /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

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February 25, 2009
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The camera's 10.1 MP I was putting myself down. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> Cheers for all the comments I'm hoping there will be young before long. Manuel any idea what size they start spawning at as they're still quite small compared to the adults you have? The piece of gypsum you gave me is in there yes. It is definitely dissolving over time though; any idea where I can get more from?

As for the mento, they made the trip ok but have been very shy since we arrived. It was the same when I got them off you so in a few days I think they'll be fine and we should start seeing eggs soon. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Edit - Temperature is anything between 16-20°C during the day (maybe a little warmer in the fish containers) and 10-ish at night. They seem to really appreciate the regular photoperiod imo.

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May 11, 2009
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QUOTE (mickthefish @ Feb 25 2009, 03:19 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
looking forward to seeing the post that says youv'e bred them and the young are everywhere. /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />
mick

I can give you 50% Mick. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> Think the warmer weather is making all the fish go nuts as I've just pulled out 15 Cualac eggs from 2 of the 3 mops in their container. I've left the third one as Manuel said they didn't eat the fry last year but I wanted to save some just in case. Manuel do you have any idea of the incubation period for these?

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May 11, 2009
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Thats excellent news Matt /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

May 12, 2009
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Hi Matt,

What temperature do you have now there? Mine are not laying eggs yet and are almost fully grown.

About incubation period, I would guess 7 to 10 days or so, no longer than 12 days I think.

Remember to keep gypsum in the fry tank as well. The fry didn´t show any special problems and were raised well last year.

Manuel...

May 12, 2009
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It's averaged 24-26°C this week Manuel, and in the mornings on our terrace maybe a little higher. I added a small piece of gypsum to the container with the eggs after I collected them. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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May 13, 2009
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First free-swimming fry spotted today! Both these and the mento seem to be free-swimming pretty much straight away.

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May 14, 2009
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that is great news Matt. looking forward to seeing some pics when the fry get a bit bigger.

May 27, 2010
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QUOTE (Matt @ Feb 24 2009, 06:54 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Here are a few fairly pathetic update photos I've just taken. These are now residing outside on the terrace so hopefully they'll grow a bit more quickly. Will endeavour to get better pics soon.

Female

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Male - he has a bit more colour now. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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Now they're a bit bigger I think I have 2 males and 8 females and I was sitting watching the males defend territories; each above a spawning mop at either end of the container today. The difference in their behaviour after only 48 hours outdoors is incredible as I never saw them do this in the house. I hope to see eggs soon!


hi mat wow little stunners these are what are the adult size of these also if you have any spare eggs would be pleased to purchase them

May 27, 2010
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Hi males grow to around 5 cm SL, females a little smaller. Here are some more recent pics:

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I don't sell eggs, will send you a pm.

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May 27, 2010
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are these a type of killifish?

btw they look stunning mate /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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