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Heterandria Formosa
July 25, 2008
7:49 pm
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I've got a little 25L tank sat empty at the minute and quite fancy some Heterandria formosa. What numbers/ratio should I be looking at?
I was thinking along the lines of 1 male with 2 or 3 females but don't want to overstock bearing in mind the numbers of fry, although I've got growing on tanks set up for fry already.
Also any info or advice on keeping them would be much appreciated /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

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July 25, 2008
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I'd go with one male and at least a trio of females Robyn. If you've ever kept endlers you'll have a good idea of how these buggers can be once they get going so good that you have grow-out tanks on stand-by. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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July 25, 2008
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agree with Matt on the ratio, have a good time with them they're pretty little fish.

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July 26, 2008
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Thanks guys /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Yeah I've got an idea on the fry numbers, my first fish were mollies and my LFS told me it'd be nice to have a male and 2 females to breed, neglected to mention the "like rabbits" part though!

July 29, 2008
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although formosa can produce lots of fry, they drop one or two fry every few days rather than in one go like mollies/platties etc. so you won't end up with hundreds, probably a few dozen over a number of months. i keep these at a ratio of 3 males and 6 females and see perhaps one or two fry a week. they probably do predate on the fry if there is not enough cover, but i have lots of cover in with mine, i have the same problem with both the normal form and the gold form. a very nice liveberer.

July 29, 2008
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agree with Matt regarding standby tanks...I used to be into live bearers and it always led to more tanks /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> and panicky "baby scooping".
Do these guys eat their fry like Platies and Swordtails /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" /> or do they ignore them like Mollies and Guppies /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" /> ??

July 29, 2008
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they do eat them, but i've got my group in a small tank with lots of java moss and i see a few new fry every few days, so they do not hunt them as many other livebearers would, but still be cautious with them, if need be, remove the fry until they are a few weeks old and then it's safe for them to go back with the adults.

July 30, 2008
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Keith....gold form?

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July 30, 2008
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QUOTE (Matt @ Jul 30 2008, 01:30 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Keith....gold form?

yes, i have a gold form of formosa.
when i bought them i was told they were a naturally occurring colour form, but now i'm not so convinced. there is little info n the net about the gold form, so i assume it is a 'manufactured' colour. still a pretty fish.
here are a few pictures.

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