Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Calgary, Canada
Wohoo, Cherries are successfully breeding!
Well, after I killed everything in my tank with a solenoid failure, and given that I planned on tearing the tank down in a few months anyway, I bought a bunch of cherries in hopes that I could get them breeding. There's been a number of females carrying eggs but nothing had ever materialized. As well, they're quite secretive so I'd assumed all but a couple had died.
I've really done nothing unusual, I've kept the same fertilization routine, am using the same CO2 levels as before. In fact I was sitting here waiting for a water change to complete pondering what fish to add since they hadn't bred in two months and a the water change pushed 1/2 dozen 1/8 inchers out into the open.
My water is moderately hard, has a pH of 8.2 out of the tap, 7.0 w/ CO2. I haven't even fed them or anything, they've survived exclusively on algae. I guess there's a possiblity that they're munching on the plentiful MTS eggs. The algae is of the hard green spot type as well as some hair algae that I've been battling lately.
Anyway, I'm very happy, I've now seen over a dozen little fellas while typing this email! Oh...and there's four very pregnant females as well!