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Old 08-02-2010, 01:57 AM   #1
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M. boesemani eggs/fry

*Pictures are in thumbnail format at bottom of post, sorry!

Following the set-up of our 65 gallon aquarium and transferring over the rainbowfish and community, I still have about 40% stocking left. I've been itching to expand my bosemani rainbow shoal, so instead of buying some at an LFS, I looked to breeding my own stock.


After a conditioning period of two weeks, the rainbows spent about 3 days in the breeding tank. When removed from the tank, they left the Java Moss containing eggs.

Tank Details:
Temperature - 81 F
pH - 6.9
Size - 35 Gallons
Conditioned On - Boiled then finely chopped spinach, freeze-dried bloodworms, staple flake food.
- Natural Sunlight strikes the tank every morning of the span.

More to come when the eggs hatch! That's the hardest part... but I'm prepared.
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I don't see any pics... were they supposed to be any? You can direct upload from photobucket or picasa, its a lot easier IMO And I love pics!
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:18 AM   #3
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yea i also dont see pics.... i was really hoping to see them lol
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Oops, sorry! Hope the new ones suffice.

The eggs have been sitting for 3-6 days now.
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:09 PM   #5
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Cool! I've got Praecox rainbows that have spawned without my knowing it. I've got one male that survived and is about an inch and a half long now.

I love the Boesemanis, but my tank isn't big enough for them.
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I've always loved Praecox, and I wish I had another 3 footer to try another rainbow species.
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I've got my Praecox in a 29g. They'll be moved to a 40B when I get some time and money to set it up. I may have to try feeding them some vegetables. I didn't think they'd eat anything but meat. You should see them attack a frozen brine shrimp cube. One big male actually choked down an entire waxworm I dropped in the tank for my pictus.
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The first of the fry have hatched! I can see about 15 of them. It is Day 2 of the 3 day hatching period for these rainbows, so I hope to see a few more.

They are tiny, clear, and hard to photograph. The only visible body parts I can see is the eyes and yolk sac.
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