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Old 08-31-2014, 07:37 AM   #1
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How do you breed neon tetras?

My tank is parameters:
24 gallons
2 x 18 watts T8 bulbs
Has quite a lot of live plants including elodea and loads of vallisneria. Java moss included
I do a 15% water change once a week
Temperature - 24 degrees Celsius
pH - about 8.2. I use Irish peat moss in the filter and have a piece of bogwood in the tank so I don't know why the pH won't go any lower. My tap water is pH8.6.
Filteration - Juwel Bioflow

I've read that you let the nitrates increase then do a 50% water change. Does it mean I don't clean the tank for a month then do a 50% water change at the end of the month? I don't mind if the eggs hatch or not, I just want to see them breed. I've got 5 neon tetras - 3 males and 2 females.

Also, is there a way to make them breed regularly?
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Old 08-31-2014, 09:08 AM   #2
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I've bred fish like these for years ago...
Changing water frequently does trigger fish to get them breeding. You just simulate the rainfall in nature...
But I also bred fish like these in dark tanks. If you you're using light in your tank, be sure that there's a dark spot with plants where they can spawn. Most fish like these won't breed that easy if it's too bright in the tank.
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Old 08-31-2014, 09:36 AM   #3
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So should I leave my elodeas free floating and close the blinds in front of my fish tank?
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Old 08-31-2014, 11:08 AM   #4
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Well, just let those elodeas float.
Yes, you could close those blinds but you could also create a dark spot in your tank by using a piece of wood and plant some high plants (densed planted) around it. So, in that case you can leave your lights on in the tank.

But yes, the darker the better if you wanna have more breeding succes...
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Old 08-31-2014, 11:46 AM   #5
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I prefer them planted as it just looks TOO pretty like that and I reduced the amount of light going into the tank so is it alright if my tank was like this:
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Old 08-31-2014, 01:05 PM   #6
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Well yes, try to do it like this for a while. See what happens... Maybe some more of those plants in this tank will do the job. Just to darken some spots in the tank.

I just saw a rainbow fish as well...
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Yes, but if it's really dark, wouldn't it resemble night time? I've heard that they usually spawn in the mornings.
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Old 09-01-2014, 06:24 AM   #8
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Don't worry! It's not particularly that they'll spawn in the morning. But in the morning tanks are hardly lit and therefore, you'll hear the remark that they'll usually spawn in the morning. But it's the darkening effect that does the job. But yes, it doesn't have to be zero tolerance light.
But the overall of professional breeders of these fish do breed them in the dark.

But the way you've dimmed the light is also just fine. Like I've mentioned before: try to do it like this for a while... It'll be fine...
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Okay. Here goes. I've seen them spawn before when the tank was really bright and that was the only time when I saw them spawn. I really want to see that magical event again :3
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Hi Nicki,

I agree that spawning can also happen when it's bright but it's not common with these fish. And I do get it that you'd like to watch it again. Who wouldn't? At least, I would as well...
Despite of the fact that I've been keeping and breeding fish over 40 years now, I do have to admit that watching fish spawn still fascinates me... I never get tired of it...

But yes, I hope that you'll see them spawn as well...

Well, I have to run in a couple of minutes. I'll be picking some new fish this afternoon.

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Thanks for the encouragement and have fun with your new fish!
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