I'm pretty sure of that as well but I am curious if this video of them represents mating or dominance/fighting?FriarThomasIII said:I've never heard of them breeding in home aquariums naturally, and especially not in a bare tank either. If they really are breeding, it would be remarkable.
This is the only thing they do ( have you watched the video? ) The tank is a 10 gallon ( QT tank ) and in a few weeks, will be moved to the 72 gallon. Right now these are about 2 inches big ( juveniles )FriarThomasIII said:Seems like a dominance kind of thing to me. But I've never seen them fight before either, though. All the ones we kept were very peaceful towards the others and their species. Maybe due to the size of the tank?
Yes it does and only one set of very small barbels.TexasDomer said:They most likely got them from breeding farms that use hormones, or they're wild caught. I doubt they breed themselves, especially without the use of hormones.
Does yours have the black stripe through its caudal? I just can't see them from the video.
Thanks - they were doing this BEFORE I dropped the food in. At first I thought they were fighting and so I put food in and they scattered away and then started over again.DarkOne said:They're definitely saimensis.
I thought it was a dominance thing at first but the shimmying next to each other towards the end of the video definitely seems more like a mating ritual than dominance. Then again, it could be they're fighting for the algae wafer.
I have 4 in a 75 gallon (2"), 3 in a 40 gallon (2") and 2 in a 20 gallon (1") and never saw that type of behavior. There is a bit of nipping for dominance but it only lasts a few seconds at most. The 2 in the 20 gallon was for them to grow out a bit as they were less than 1" but one hasn't grown much despite big bellies after feeding.
Thank you - That would be awesome - I hear they are very difficult to breed! I only have 4 at the moment but it would be nice to get 4 more........ When they are sleeping ( I assume its sleeping because its a few hours after the lights go out ) they are almost piled on top of each other and not moving - almost like dominoes! very funnyTexasDomer said:They're sure cute fellas! You may see less of this behavior in the main tank too. Though how cool would it be if they mated and had fry!
DarkOne said:Mine lay on top of rocks or horizontal anubias leaves when sleeping.
I have a bunch of EBA babies in my 75 gallon and during feeding time, they all come to the top. My SAEs in that tank also join the babies and greet me at the top for food.
Oh no! Sorry to hear that!DarkOne said:They do a great job on BBA. I have none in any of the tanks they're in now.
Unfortunately, my little runt in my 20 gallon didn't make it. I didn't see him this morning which was odd. This evening, I saw him under a rock cave on his side, barely hanging on. A few hours later, he's gone . The other 2 I got with him easily doubled in size and he just never grew, even with a full belly. I'm surprised he lasted as long as he did. Just about 2 months.
Boy you are not kidding. I've only had these guys for 14 days and can't wait until they are done with qt. I agree about the algae. Ive had this tank running for four years. All 3 of my tanks have similar lighting, same exact water source and only this one tank gets the bba and I have kept the phosphates in control, photo period, etc and nothing changes. My only guess is that they came in on some plants I got online and just took off from there. My platys peck at the bba but no difference. I don't have any other types of algae so who knows??????scarface said:They’re definitely great hair-algae eaters. My tank used to be covered in it, and now it’s been long taken care of. This was many months ago. I didn’t even need to change the lighting duration, mess with fertilizers, or anything like that. Us being the best algae cleaner or preventer isn’t always true.
I think they were/are mating. I noticed out of the 4 I have, one is extremely "plump" - hoping we have some fry but probably very unlikely.D. Winchester said:Did you ever figure out what they were doing? I have 3 SAE in my 91g Discus tank, and they've been doing the same thing ..