June 13, 2011
Have finally gotten around to updating the P. brevis profile with Charles' info and some new pics. Sorry it has taken so long.
One sad thing I noted during this was that Lake Inlé appears to be in a fairly bad way and most of its endemic species now qualify as 'endangered' on the IUCN Red List. It lost over 30% of its surface area between 1935-2000 (guessing it has reduced even further now) and by 2006 qualified as eutrophic, with introduced tilapia to boot. Think a short news item about this might be in order.
Anyway, i would be nice to fill in the 'Reproduction' section of the profile a little more, so was wondering if anyone has tried to breed it under controlled conditions yet?
Also, for Charles, do the juveniles show any particular schooling behaviour? Anything else you would add to the profile?
August 17, 2009
No scholing behaviour. But the group of five/six youngsters are the first to appear, when feeding is exspected. Adults following.At the slightest sign of "danger" they all dive into the plants. Seems that they always have an eye on each other and react as a group. A loose swimming unit (lockerer Schwimmverband).
Could try some to take pics of the youngsters - now at 4 cm TL, one at 5 cm, one at 3.5 cm.
With the high temperature - up to 36° - since end of June, on some older specimen a kind of white large fungus appeared, a about 2 mm large. It doesn't seem to affect them much. they are always mooving around. I lost two of the adult specimen some months back. Seems, they come to a limit after 4-5 years.
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