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Old 12-09-2012, 07:06 PM   #16
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now to breed these little guys how should i go about it?
Should i take them out of my larger tank and set up a 10 gallon and put in say a male and 2 females, java moss the heck out of the tank? Also what should i do to trigger breeding behaviors?
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good food and clean water will trigger behavior. They are egg scatterers, and will voraciously eat their own eggs and fry. Because of this it is best to set up a breeding tank, and have another tank available fro either moving the fry, or the parents.
I put latchhook mesh in a u-shape in the bottom of a small breeding tank (5g). I put a lot of moss on top of the mesh. This way, as the barbs drop the eggs, they fall through the mesh. It is easy to lift the mesh to see if there are eggs, and when there are, the parents can be removed, and the mesh lifted out to raise the fry.
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good food and clean water will trigger behavior. They are egg scatterers, and will voraciously eat their own eggs and fry. Because of this it is best to set up a breeding tank, and have another tank available fro either moving the fry, or the parents.
I put latchhook mesh in a u-shape in the bottom of a small breeding tank (5g). I put a lot of moss on top of the mesh. This way, as the barbs drop the eggs, they fall through the mesh. It is easy to lift the mesh to see if there are eggs, and when there are, the parents can be removed, and the mesh lifted out to raise the fry.
I like your method, i might try it and see how it goes, thanks
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:28 PM   #19
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msjinkzd, I would love to see a picture of that latch hook if you have one. I mean in the tank - when you say U-shape is it upside down? Or...I'm just trying to get a visual on it. I have plenty of cherry barbs! HELP! But I was thinking toward the future. I'd like to breed some flag fish.
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I dont have a current picture, so i made a REALLY fancy drawing (laugh away, the tank lights are off).

I put moss int he middle. Having it in the "U" shape gives the fish swimming room and allows for the eggs to fall through. Building a false bottom out of mesh works too, but this is SUPER easy to remove and poke around to check for eggs
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:57 PM   #21
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No that's great - makes a goof proof (almost!) way to remove the parents too.

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Old 12-09-2012, 09:58 PM   #22
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Can you tell I have a bachelors in the fine arts (no, seriously, I do)? LOL, clearly, there was not digital arts when I was in college!

Hope it helped

And yes- makse it very easy to get the parents out of the tank

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Old 12-09-2012, 10:08 PM   #23
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I dont have a current picture, so i made a REALLY fancy drawing (laugh away, the tank lights are off).

I put moss int he middle. Having it in the "U" shape gives the fish swimming room and allows for the eggs to fall through. Building a false bottom out of mesh works too, but this is SUPER easy to remove and poke around to check for eggs
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:09 PM   #24
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I kept a group when I first started with freshwater years ago, they were great little fish!
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:39 AM   #25
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The pre-historic days, in the time before laptops & lattes, we would condition the female(s) in a tank with marbles covering the bottom. When the female(s) were gravid the males were added. After the spawn all adults were moved out. The eggs that fell between the marbles survived.

The downside today is no one under 50 even knows what a marble is. I think all the marbles we had as kids must be in museums.

In my 40 I have patches of Taiwan Moss growing at the base of my crypt patches. Just enough cover for baby shrimp and the occasional fry. I do take a Darwinistic approach to that tank.

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i was going to suggest marbles, as well, but it is easier to keep the tank bottom clean using my SUPER FANCY $1 latch hook method, lmao.

p.s. I still ahve a 5g bucket of marbles- I use them to spawn synodontis cats
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I traded all my cat's eyes for steelies....sigh
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:54 AM   #28
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Cherry barbs are one of my favorite fish. I recently lost all of mine, I have horrible luck with them. I'm guessing it my LPS's cherry barb supplier, as that's where I got all of mine, about six months ago. The females dropped like flies, some for apparently no reason. The boys all schooled together in the end, and I was going to set up a species tank for just them, so I moved them all back to the QT tank, and then they all came down with ich and died within a day or two.
I miss them, they were such awesome fish!
When I find another supplier, I'm going to snatch more up!
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:13 AM   #29
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i was reading this thread and all the info is good i was wondering how many i should put in a 7.9 gal or should i go with a smaller type of fish entirely i just had an ammo spike and lost all my rasboras and am looking to restock with some barbs all your opinions would be grate currently there are two ottos and a molly im getting rid of the molly tuesday
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:35 AM   #30
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My 4 LF cherries have survived a 4 hour car ride and one of them I found dried up on the floor. I caught her just in time and she was able to be revived and rejoin the tank. Now I can't even tell which of them made the jump.
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