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Flame Angel
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PostPosted: 2012.02.01(Wed)17:05    Post subject: Breeding peppermints Reply with quote

So everything is finally pretty much set up to start breeding peppermint bristlenoses, and I'm getting closer to tracking down the actual fish I will buy too - most likely 1 male and 2 female adults (depending on what I can get my hands on).
My tap water is pretty good too:
pH 7.6
GH 80ppm
KH 40ppm

Just have a few questions...

Do you guys have any recommendations for the conditioning time? E.g. foods, water conditions...

Also there's a chance the peps will still have some growing to do when I get them (but this will apply to the fry anyway), so I want them to be growing at a decent rate - any tips? Obviously keep up the water changes (I'm thinking at least 2 per week), but what about food? I figure high protein foods will produce good growth, but its a bit hard with fish like these Laughing might keep the temperature fairly high too. I don't want to sacrifice quality/lifespan for increased growth though...just enough to keep them growing nicely.

Thanks a bunch Smile
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2012.02.01(Wed)17:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

I breed regular bristlenoses & used to breed zebras - the conditions needed are very different. Where are your fish sourced?
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PostPosted: 2012.02.02(Thu)1:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

diademhill wrote:
I breed regular bristlenoses & used to breed zebras - the conditions needed are very different. Where are your fish sourced?


My understanding is that the regular bristlenoses and the peppermints require similar conditions. I haven't decided on where I'm getting the fish.
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2012.02.02(Thu)3:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

I meant which river system - what are their natural conditions? Wink

Regular bristlenoses breed like rabbits. The Zebras needed simulated floods to get them in the mood.
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PostPosted: 2012.02.02(Thu)3:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh right! Well apparently the peps in Australia are all mostly a hybrid of other L numbers - of which no one really seems to know for sure.

From reading other peoples past experiences, seems that creating a strong current at breeding time is the way to do it.
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