My Sparkling Gourami breeding Journal
*this is a little late but figure I should start a journal now to document as this has gotten, as Marci said in "Cruel Intentions", Completely, out, of hand..*
There once was a girl that had been out of the hobby for about a decade and decided to get back in, but limit herself to just ONE, 20 gallon long, so that she could obsess over it as she generally did with her fish tanks, without spending TOO Much time (such as when she had a 6ft 125 gal planted tank, plus 2 others).
After some initial stocking.. I fell in love with two (seemingly juvenile) sparkling gourami at the better of the 3 LFS's available, so I bought them.
They turned on other fish in my 20 gallon long, despite the dense plants, even a sweet, stationary oto was not safe (this should have been a clue).
I pleaded with my fiance to let me get a second tank, even thought I'd promised to JUST have one (like potato chips but worse!).
Luckily, it was Christmas.. so I convinced her to get me one for an early present.
SO, I bought them a 2.6 gal and planted it.. and put a piece of driftwood in it that pretty much split it in half so they could have their own territories.
I tried to sex them but wasn't sure as they were hard to catch still in light.. but thought they might both be female.
They were not...
Dec. 24, between holiday cooking, I tried to do a quick 50% WC..
pushing the horizontal heater down so that when the water level dropped it would still be immersed.
As I was filling the water back up.. I saw tiny, white eggs, a few still under the heater, the rest scattered ALL about the tank.
A day or so later they hatched.. and as I couldn't find out satisfying information online as to whether they should stay with the parents or not..
I moved them to a homemade fry net..
Jan. 6? ( I forget the exact date)
I found a SECOND batch of eggs..
and subsequently, BEGGED my fiance, yet again.. to let me get ONE more tank..
a 10 gal.. for this growing family.
Again, luck was on my side.. as the 10th was my birthday.. and on the 12th we went to get my new 10 gal and accessories.
After letting the substrate settle for a few days, I was going to add fish on the 3rd day (but had already added the fry in the breeder net)..
Jan. 14 I had the worst experience I have had in my life with a tank..
due to having put too large of a piece of driftwood in.. I awoke early tto find my new tank (full of substrate, semi full of planets.. and the fry) cracked and half empty.
The fry were fine.. I put their net in a bowl and went about getting all the plants out, as much water as I could, and the substrate.
Then drove 30 minutes to get another 10 gallon tank.
This evening, I put the substrate in, filled it about 3/4 way with water, used a mini hack saw to cut the driftwood in HALF.. and put the plants in loosely ( I ordered 3 large bunches of HORNWORT 2 days prior which should be here in 24 hours).. and re floated the fry.
Also... realized the heater still worked but the motor most likely burned out on my brand new filter from running dry, so I ordered a new filter online.
Late this evening (technically Friday morning) I decided to see if I could go ahead and use a large spoon to scoop some of the 2nd batch of free swimming fry out, and put them in the new tank (after my fiance kept telling me the mom was eating babies).
BUT when I lifted the spoon up, there were NOT just fry in it.. but NEW eggs as well.
(so may not have bee mom eating babies but in fact DAD moving eggs that my fiance saw)
So, this makes 3 spawns.. since Dec. 24 (ish.. that's when I found the eggs).
I can't find anywhere online where it talks about these guys spawning SO often.
Really interested in if this is NORMAL??
and what I can condition them with to help as they seem to be exerting a TON of energy..
they currently get pre soaked betta pellets, pre soaked shrimp pellets, flake, and bloodworm (the parents)
20g long with Otos, Corydoras Pygmaeus, RCS and Nerites
2.6 gal nano planted Sparkling gourami breeding tank
2 gal planted Betta Splendens tank
10 g planted with Sparkling Gourami fry
Last edited by thegirlundertherainbow; 01-15-2016 at 08:13 AM.
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