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Re: A iniridae spawning?



Steph,

I bred this species back in 1978 when it was still an undescribed species. You
are correct, it looks like you have a bonded pair (pertensis-like fish, including
iniridae are monogamous). I bred my fish in straight Denver tap water that had
aged to drop the pH to around 6. My tap water is fairly soft (3 dGH & <1 dKH).
I believe that a compatible pair & the low hardness (especially KH) are factors
in reproducing this fish. Good luck!

Mike Wise

Steph & Dave wrote:

> Hi All
>
> I have a pair of iniridae that seem to be going through spawning
> behaviour - I think.
>
> The female has lost her lateral line and just has a big square spot
> instead, she has also gone a nice peachy colour and both she and the
> male have started defending an area  quite vigourously.  The male still
> 'flirts' shimmers and flick his tail in her face so I feel they havent
> spawned yet.
>
> The pH is 5.5 and the temp is quite warm, last few days have been hot
> here.
>
> Am I reading the behaviour correctly?
> Has any one bred these guys?   If so what water conditions?
> Is Linke & Staeck right when they say the eggs arent viable unless the
> pH is under 5?
>
> Lotsa questions, :)
>
> Thanks
>
> Steph
>
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