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Re: Dicrossus Filamentosus

Hi John

I thought I'd add my 2 cents on filamentosus. I had 2 males and 4 females in
a 15 gallon tank with some plastic plants, driftwood, coconut shells, ceramic
pots and a top cover of water sprite. The water was about 60ppm hardness and
a pH of 3.5-4.0. Temperature around 80-82. My females were not good mothers
taking frequent trips around the tank but I could always tell there was a
spawn by the female showing a solid longitudinal black stripe. The male was
the real aggressor guarding the area of a spawn.

The favorite place to spawn was a plastic ludwigia leaf. Every female I had
spawned there. This was situated in the front corner. I had no trouble with
fertility or raising the fry as long as I kept the water very acid. I did
raise 40 fry in a 2.5 gallon tank for two months with lots of water changes
and they grew as good as those with the parents or raised in 10 gallon tanks.

Tom Wojtech