Ah nice! EBAs look absolutely stunning.Cool! I just passed the 2 week mark with my 6.
He often does swim with the others sometimes, he just seems to like a rest every now and again haha. I can relate to the loner lifestyle ha!
ExcellentThey all look good.
Thanks for helping! I'm not massively concerned with the sex, I was just curious because I had asked for 3 male/3 female in the hopes they may breed.I don’t have experience with sexing them, mine are only a little bigger than 1.5 inch now.
Thanks I was surprised at how much nicer they look IRL.Nice looking EBAs.
Oki doki thanks!Give them some time to get used to their new home, eventually they should pair up. You may even get a spawn, it usually happens when introduced to new surroundings if mature.
haha - fish do seem hard to sex, in general!Even though I have raised hundreds from spawns, still not 100% on gender id.
Thank youGood Luck!
I'm not sure about EBAs, but for Blue Acaras the easiest way to sex is to look at the dorsal fin and the tail fin. Males have defined flowing points at the end of the dorsal fin and the tail fin. Females have rounded dorsal fin and tail fin.
Mostly males but hard to tell because it looks like they haven't fully grown out their dorsal fins yet. It looks to me (and don't quote me on this) that you have one possible female and the rest are males.They all look the same to me :-D I have no idea!
Any ideas from the pictures I posted?
Mostly males but hard to tell because it looks like they haven't fully grown out their dorsal fins yet. It looks to me (and don't quote me on this) that you have one possible female and the rest are males.
Ah wow, that's amazing! Are they easy fish to breed?I have a few batches of fry and juveniles raising up in multiple tanks as I write this.
Ah ok, so the short answer is they could be males or females, it's just not easy to tell?I am the same as jmaldo. Raised heaps but can’t be sure of the sex . I suggest it may depends on the bloodline as to how big the males fins are? I have mature 5 inch fish that don’t have the long fins.
Wait, what? You mean I can put pots like this (Juvale Terra Cotta Pots with Saucers (10.2 cm, 6 Pack) : Amazon.co.uk: Garden & Outdoors) in the tank?I suggest terracotta pots as hide outs.
That was my first thought, but I've seen no signs of aggression towards it and is often swimming with the others.The photo of the fish on the sand looks to me like it’s trying to get under the sponge filter for cover?
haha well that's something, at least!Sorry it’s just not possible to sex my own fish that I can look at IRL. The good news is the fish will know who is who.
Once a pair starts breeding you can expect eggs every 3 weeks . They make excellent parents and don’t attack the juveniles when starting the next lot of eggs. However the juveniles will eat the new born fry. Did I mention they have hundreds of fry. It’s impossible to count past 200 but maybe 400 fry ?, every 3 weeks is going to mean you have to make decisions on how many you try to raise. Letting nature take care of the smaller fry is natural in my opinion.
Yes those terracotta pots are ideal in 3 ,4 and even 6 inch sizes if you have room . Having had a betta get his head stuck in the drainage hole of a 3 inch pot I now always poke a chunk of sponge in the hole.
While all fry and juveniles go mad for live baby brine I find the young fish move on to dry foods very easily.
I agree with the videos that say these are not an aggressive species.
I suggest you try and raise a few dozen healthy fry if you have the grow out tanks not a few hundred in limited space. No fry will survive if you try and raise all of them..
You will know when breeding is on their minds by their behaviour and colour changes.
As soon as my pair bonded up and started to dance around I removed all other fish. They were not nipping fins but yes it’s aggression which I assume is stressful ?
To raise fry in large numbers you will definitely need multiple tanks . Multiple empty cycled tanks.
Yes fish eat fish.
It’s lights on time just now .
Here’s a quick and dirty snapshot of a few terracotta pots.
And some that have a few plants
That’s excellent, thank you.I cut the terracotta with a angle grinder. The odd one that broke into a nice shape has had the sharp edges sanded off with sandpaper.
Eurgh. I’m getting flashbacks of ripping out my plants last week and the aftermath of debris everywhere haha.The big advantage of plants in pots and glued on to pots or wood etc is in five minutes you can pull everything out .
You don’t vacuum your substrate every water change?Very handy when catching fish or doing that annual substrate clean.
Ha! That’s amazing. Thanks for sharing!You are not limited to pots. My wife has a tea cup plant somewhere to go with the tea pot.
That’s hilarious and very cute! Your pictures are brilliant.As I sit here one of the mature blue acara is trying to get into these strategically placed half pots that are within an inch of the glass allowing the juveniles a place of rest.
I see. I didn’t think this was an option. I thought vacuuming was an absolute must.No I don’t vacuum the substrate or the tanks with almost no substrate often at all.
I follow the Philosophy that it’s extremely important to have fresh water weekly. Old poop ( mulm) is not so much of an issue.
I will do, thanks
Unfortunately there are no local groups around me, so online is my online resource haha.Visiting my local club members fish rooms both on Zoom and IRL has shown me many options on keeping fish. But we all never stop learning.