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Lepidocephalichthys guntea – Spawning

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    torso
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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.

    looking for a good spawning place?

    a real gentleman, finally taking her by the gill cover

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

    another male tried to disturb

    and the predators smelled the rat – or rather the eggs

    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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    #318190

    Matt
    Keymaster

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

    #318191

    andy rushworth
    Participant

    Wow fantastic Charles , thanks for sharing

    #318192

    torso
    Participant

    no eggs Matt. may be next time
    5 specimen Andy

    #318193

    Mark Duffill
    Participant

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

    #318203

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Pics added to profile.

    #313496

    zeelandtrop
    Member

    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?

    #313363

    Matt
    Keymaster

    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?

    #313328

    andy rushworth
    Participant

    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 🙂 .

    #313287

    Thomas
    Member

    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

    #348107

    zeelandtrop
    Member

    loaches-6-8-12-008.jpgloaches-6-8-12-009.jpgloaches-6-8-12-015.jpgloaches-6-8-12-018.jpgloaches-6-8-12-019.jpgloaches-6-9-12-011.jpgI 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).

    #348109

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Great photos! Did you see any of the spawning event itself?

    #348114

    zeelandtrop
    Member

    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.

    #348122

    Matt
    Keymaster

    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?

    #348126

    zeelandtrop
    Member

    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.

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