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Lepidocephalichthys guntea - Spawning
July 5, 2010
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Pictures of spawning loaches seem to be rare. I nearly missed the spawning of my gunteas.
As I saw a pair wispering sweet nothings I didn't exspect to see them go further - not in a "comunity"-tank with garra flavatra, sinogastromyzon puliensis and some tanichthys albonubes.

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looking for a good spawning place?

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a real gentleman, finally taking her by the gill cover

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then they disappeared, came back, the male sometimes changing the side
and went right to the space between filter-foam and side-glass

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another male tried to disturb

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and the predators smelled the rat - or rather the eggs

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the rest of the story took place in the depth of the tank.
the group should be moved to a seperate tank. may be, some eggs could survive there
cheers Charles

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July 6, 2010
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Great, great, possibly unprecedented stuff Charles. Did you manage to recover any eggs?

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July 6, 2010
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Wow fantastic Charles , thanks for sharing /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" /> how many adults have you got in that tank ?

July 6, 2010
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no eggs Matt. may be next time
5 specimen Andy

July 6, 2010
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Excellent stuff Charles, great set of pics but shame that you couldnt save any eggs.

July 6, 2010
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Pics added to profile.

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May 26, 2012
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I know this post is older, but the pics are great. I did not witness the spawning of my guntea, but I did pull 8 fry from the adult's tank this week. I've got some pics of the fry, but I am not sure how to post them. Anyone ever record a successful spawn?

May 26, 2012
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Hi, a button marked 'Upload attachment' appears under the text field when adding a reply. Click there and another field appears, to where you can drag-and-drop or upload images. Alternatively I can pm my email address over and post them for you?

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May 27, 2012
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Another thing documented in Charles's wonderful pics is a sexual difference , the males have little lines accross their backs ,seems to be lacking in the females ?

 

Anyone wanting to gather a large potential breeding group could perhaps select sexes from above ,unless the females were niticably plump :) .

May 27, 2012
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You are right andy, but not every male has such a clear patterning, so it is sometimes a good idea to take a look at the pectoral fins. As all other Lepidocephalichthys males has the guntea male the last ray in the pectoral fins thickend.

Till now I've never heard about a second Lepidocephalichthys with sexual dimorphism in patterning. Is there any?

Cheers,

Thomas

June 10, 2012
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I found the pectoral fin differences to be reliable. I noticed a large number of very small fry scooting around on the front glass of the breeding tank last night. I'll try and upload some photos. There is also a pic of one of the fry I pulled from the tank a couple weeks ago. Cycled the adults the same way as the Bichirs that spawned for me back in March, (see article in May 2012 issue of Aquarium International Magazine).

June 11, 2012
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Great photos! Did you see any of the spawning event itself?

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June 11, 2012
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Unfortunately I did not witness them spawning. I have not seen eggs either, but I would guess they are depositing them within he spawning mop. The breeding tank is in a bottom rack location, and doesn't get a lot of direct viewing, so I would be extremely lucky to witness the event. They seem to enjoy the seclusion, since they are producing fry.

June 12, 2012
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Evidently.Smile Do you feed the fry artificially or are they surviving on what's in the tank?

Also, would you mind if I added a couple of lines to our species profile regarding your success?

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June 12, 2012
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I am feeding the tank with a liquid fry food, but I am guessing the fry are mainly grazing off the various substrates in the tank, including the glass. The liquid fry food is probably just feeding the small inverts that the loach fry are feeding on. The fry I pulled out of the tank a couple weeks ago are feeding on microworms, baby brine shrimp, and a small amount of pelleted food. 

 

Feel free to add info to your species profiles. I am still trying to find out if anyone else has had success breeding these, but I have not found very much information.

June 12, 2012
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It's great to hear that you have been successful. Mine have been avtive today after a short cut of aeration and coll wether, water change and feeding. But there are still to many predators. I hope to can make a tank-change before going into holidays.

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June 13, 2012
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Thanks for the great pics Charles. Best of luck with getting yours to go. 

June 29, 2013
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Hi all

It has taken  me a long time to get no pic of the fry Yell

Now I have got some, but not of the fry. That's the wrong word by now. As the tank has exellent hiding places and the whole gang is very shy - consequence of a quiet place - it was virtually impossible to get pics. This way I missed pics of young  L. gunteas as well of S. puliensis, in spite of the fact that Ihad taken pics of the spawning and registered some spawning action since. For L. guntea it's the moment when they flash, rush together through the tank and desappear in a vartical column.

Yesterday this: a young L. guntea - about 4-4.5 cm - and a young S. puliensis. No memory-card in the slot. I got a second chance. And the adult specimen joined. I had no idea how many were left. 5 at least. And all together, at the same moment. Made me lucky.

 

 

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June 29, 2013
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Very cool Charles!!Laugh

July 1, 2013
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What Thomas said. Smile The Sinogastromyzon are breeding as well?

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