Originally Posted by Aquatic-Prodigy
what a mess with all those cords and why do you have so much equipment in such a small tank
The breeder box is basically a refugeium running until I get my colony running again so I can breed the dark blues together. But most importantly it adds water volume which helps me stabilize a tank this small.
The fan is in there because OEBTs get bacterial infections easily and that tends to occur at above 74 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer gets hot here and with an open top running a fan 24/7 would cause too much evaporation --> temperature controller that controls the heat and fan. Tank stays at around 72 nicely 24/7
Filtration AC20 and a Rio+ 50 running a UGF to help with biofiltration.
BTW most of the time the cables are velcroed together but I pulled a few things off this tank and have been too lazy to care. Basically because I went with such a small tank I took precautions to make it all work. It might be swapped out for a 45-P copy once the parameters start getting wild due to substrate degradation.
The only real mess are the plants that are all tangled up. Most likely going to remove that and replace with moss and driftwood.
What are the ideal parameters for OEBT to breed? I have had mine in the tank for about a month and a half now and sadly no berries... then again it took my CRS ages.. now they are baby machines
PS Thanks for the link on the temp controller! I have the same one sitting in my workshop for a while now.. i have been meaning to build a case for it
I have had luck with:
TDS: 175-260 - I use TDS as a marker for when to change water trying to keep the water consistent for as long as possible
They are slower growers than neos they need good staple food to grow to breeding size. I had one berried but it looked like it was her first time because she kicked a lot of the eggs. Well hopefully it's her first, she is still small and haven't been in the tank long. From my last colony I found it best to be patient. I dosed some dance and now the rallies are all prego but the OEBT seem to be straggling behind.