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Old 03-13-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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We never have any GBRs in my area so I picked up a healthy looking pair today. I was just wondering if a 10 Gal would work for a pair. I know a 20 gal + is recommend, but I doubt I could do anything bigger at this. Also, what substrate is best? I have flat rocks for egg laying too. What is the best temp for them to breed (82-84* I heard, or is that just to spawn the eggs)? Thanks!
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We never have any GBRs in my area so I picked up a healthy looking pair today. I was just wondering if a 10 Gal would work for a pair. I know a 20 gal + is recommend, but I doubt I could do anything bigger at this. Also, what substrate is best? I have flat rocks for egg laying too. What is the best temp for them to breed (82-84* I heard, or is that just to spawn the eggs)? Thanks!
A 20 gal is recommended but it is possible to keep a pair in a 10 gal if they have no tank mates and you have a consistent water change schedule that keeps parameters in check.

Gravel or sand will work as substrate. I keep my tank with GBR's at 80-82. They haven't spawned yet but I'm hoping they will anytime soon!
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That's what I figured I would do. I really wanna breed these guys and have been looking for them for awhile now.
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That's what I figured I would do. I really wanna breed these guys and have been looking for them for awhile now.
I'm currently trying to breed mine to!
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Best of luck to you! :P you should let me know if when or if yours do!
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I will! Ill keep you updated.


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I'm glad to read this.. I have a couple questions (don't want to hijack though )
Can you keep an apisto pair in a 10 gal? Also, does anyone know where you can get proven pairs of rams or apistos?
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They usually pair off as juvies but even still can pair off later. Mine have been following each other side by side all night so far. I hope I got lucky and picked the right ones..I stared at the tank for awhile making sure I had a male and female and even tought the girl working how to identify them and made sure I had the best ones.
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And some may never even pair off and breed.
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See that's what I am worried about. I don't have room to buy 8 juvies and let them pair off..
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I was worried myself, I have also heard of people never having any trouble with them pairing and that they always do. So I'm hoping if I just put them both in a 10 gal by themselves there really isn't any outside sources that can effect their breeding.:P
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Does anyone know if they usually use a stone to lay the eggs or do they borrow and make a nest in the substrate? I heard they can do both. Also..how many times do they typically breed per each pair?
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Mine bred in a crater once and then on slate. They breed almost every Thursday.Lol!
I'm watching mine hatch right now.
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Mine bred in a crater once and then on slate. They breed almost every Thursday.Lol!
I'm watching mine hatch right now.
Awesome! I'm getting my tank set up now..and once it's cycled I will put em in it.
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