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Marbled Hatchetfish
August 26, 2008
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Jarcave
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Have any forum members managed to breed this fish? If so, how did you do it?

Thanks in advance. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
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August 27, 2008
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QUOTE (Jarcave @ Aug 26 2008, 09:56 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Have any forum members managed to breed this fish? If so, how did you do it?

Thanks in advance. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
JC

I do remember a friend having a go at spawning these some years back, he conditioned them on fruit flies. he used a specially built tank that was 24" long x 14"wide x 9" deep, it had very dark peaty water and very little flow and was stuffed full of java moss, H. polysperma and cabomba. Once conditioned he dimmed the lights down and they started courtship and laid eggs within the plants and roots.

I dont think he ever got any huge amounts of fry but he had a couple of identical tanks setup and moved the parents after spawning, unfortunately he has now passed away so I cant give you much more info than that I'm afraid.

He did give up on them after a dozen or so spawnings and used the tanks for dwarf cichlids and cardinals instead.

August 27, 2008
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i just found it hard to keep them in the tank never mind trying to breed them. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />
i'm a sod for leaving the cover part way open. /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />

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August 27, 2008
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QUOTE (mickthefish @ Aug 27 2008, 01:01 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
i just found it hard to keep them in the tank never mind trying to breed them. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />
i'm a sod for leaving the cover part way open. /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />

mick

Yeah I always ended up with more dried dead hatchets than wet living ones /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

August 27, 2008
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I had a group many years ago but never saw any spawning activity. It was a big mixed community though so not a good environment. Funnily enough mine hardly ever jumped. The surface was almost completely covered with floating plants so maybe that was the reason i.e. they couldn't see me coming. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> The fish I always struggle to keep in the water are Channa...absolute buggers for escaping. /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

Cake or death?
August 29, 2008
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I think I'll give them a go. Fancy a challenge...

Fundulopanchax are buggers for leaping out of tanks. They amaze me how they seem to jump through the tiniest of holes to their death... /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

August 29, 2008
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I've got an open top tank with hatchets - not had any problems (touch wood) but like Matt i have a lot of surface cover.

June 13, 2011
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To revisit this, we've got some Carnegiella myersi we've been trying to get something off, we've been fattening them up and them giving them blackwater with plenty of java moss, but we've not seen a peep off them.

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