I have been breeding brichardi's for well over ten years. I keep reading how everyone says to tell the sex of the fish you look at the length of the tails. In my experience that is not true all the time, and can't be relied on. I have two pairs of brichardi's that the tails longer on the female. So the better way to tell male from female is to look at the top fin to the fish's mouth. The female will have a perfect arch from fin to mouth and the male has a slight bump in the arch.
I have had Brichardi's off and on for over 18 years and just love them for their graceful presence in a tank. When they get old enough that their dorsal, caudal, and ventral fins have the extended filaments, they are truly beautiful. They also take very little effort to get them to breed. I am, sadly, down to a single pair right now as one recently committed suicide by jumping out of the tank, and another of my final four fish is unaccounted for. The fish I have were born in my tank in July of 2001. They will eat almost anything and, while they do each like their own little cave in the rocks, they are not outwardly aggressive towards any other fish. It has been quite a while since they have spawned. I think it may be due to the presence of a pair of Tinfoil Barbs that may be causing too much commotion in the tank. I highly recommend this fish!
Brichardi are very good at keeping young. If your male goes on a rampage, it may be from over cramped areas. Not always the case, but happens a lot. A perfect tank to house this species is a 200 L for a breeding colony. The older fry will help feed the new batch of fry.
Many of these fish sold in stores are terribly inbred. When you see a deformed or roman hooked nose on younger specimens, this defect means they lacked brine shrimp in their youth diet. This species normally lives in somewhat open water above rocks and remains stationary, moving quickly to catch small food in the water column. Brine shrimp are almost indispensable in their diet to keep them healthy looking.
I bought three of these fish and they are absolutely a delight to watch. The female of the trio "picked" her mate and chases the other male around the tank. Knowing her attitude, she is trying to kick him out of the tank! She is quite a bully and VERY territorial, attacking a Blue Cobalt twice her size while defending her cave. No fry as of yet, but I am hoping they will soon!
I've had Daffodils for three years now - in a community 380 liter tank - shared with a variety of other Africans. Great breeders - I have at least 6 spawns worth of fish in the tank. They have 20-30 fry spawn and at least 1 or 2 from each has survived. Very protective of their young - a true community - where all of the fish protect the young - whether their spawn or not. A great fish - easy to keep and VERY beautiful when they get older.
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