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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-07-2014, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Cardinal Tetra Breeding Project

I've looked all over the internet for detailed information about breeding Cardinal Tetras and all I've found is crshadow's tetra breeding project crshadow's Tetra Breeding Project *56K Warning!*
his project was great, it was really detailed, had tons of pictures, and documented every step of the project, but his life got in the way of him finishing his project and we didn't get to see the final part of raising the fry and he never got around to experimenting with what breeding method is best, what the highest hardness cardinal eggs can hatch at is, how much light the eggs can handle, what triggers spawning, etc...

I'm shooting to have as detailed a thread as crshadow's that lasts longer into the process and I hope to be able to get to experimenting with the above variables

I'm planning on breeding Neon and Glow light tetras as well as cardinals so I can get some practice with raising their fry as I'm still learning,

As of right now, I have a 20 Long set up with my breeding stock of Cardinal Neon and Glowlight Tetras
In the 20 Long I have
20" Florescent Light (because I've read they don't like high light)
75 Gallon Sponge Filter
1" of Peat Moss
Driftwood
Spawning Mops

I purchased my cardinal tetras last thursday (7/3/2014) and the rest of my tetras I've had for a couple months so they're already in spawning condition, so I moved a pair of my Glowlights into a 10 Gallon tank, about 2" of peat moss, a 40 gallon sponge filter, and spawning mops

I feed my breeding stock frozen bloodworms once a day, live brine shrimp once a day, and hikari micro wafers once a day

My plan for breeding them is to have a 5 gallon breeding tank, then remove the eggs and put them in jars covered with cups to prevent light from entering the jar and feeding them green water and micro worms once they're free swimming, then when they're about 1/4" move them into a 2.5 gallon tank, then into a 5 gallon tank when they're 1/3", then into a 10 gallon tank when they're 1/2" until they grow out to a sellable size

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cant wait! im going to attempt to breed them in the future.

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cant wait! im going to attempt to breed them in the future.
Have you read crshadow's thread? he has tons of great info in there
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Have you read crshadow's thread? he has tons of great info in there
just did!

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Update: 7/8/2014

I added a third glowlight to my breeding tank because I wasn't sure the female who was already in there was ready to spawn

No eggs as of 9:00 am but I'm hopeful for tomorrow

The water in both of my tanks is starting to turn tea colored
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UPDATE: 7/9/2014

No eggs in the Glowlight tank as of 10 AM

It's becoming increasingly easy to discern between male and female cardinals as the females are getting fatter and fatter with eggs and their lateral stripe isn't straight because the eggs are making the belly wider.

Water in both tanks is definitely tea colored now
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do you have an update with this?
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