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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 12:26 am 
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Is anybody familiar with this fish? I purchased a pair a few months ago and would like them to spawn. The male is very attentive to the female and I have witnessed a dance similar to what Aric does. So far though I've seen no indication that the female is carrying fry. Anybody have any tips?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 10:59 am 
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aren't they cool ! 8)

I got a pair last month.
I'm keeping mine in my 29g livebearer tank, which is loaded with platys and a pretty good helping of plants (java fern, anubias, floating fern, duckweed, plus a handful of the $1 plastic plants that show up at auction).

My female is filling out, but not in the same way a platy or guppy would - she's just getting stocky.

My understanding is that they only have about 6 fry at a time, but those fry are BIG.

Here's one of the articles I had found when I went looking:
http://www.gsas.org/Articles/1997/Ameca-sanford.html

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oh yeah - now you all know why I bought that lot of "green" food last month - they like lots of veggies.

I give mine "formula two" flakes from Ocean Nutrition, plus a variety of the Julian Sprung seaweed flakes (pure chopped seaweed) plus any other green foods I have - Omega One veggie flakes or kelp flakes, Wardley's algae wafers, etc.

Since the platys in the tank get frequent baby brine shrimp and Omega One color flakes, the Ameca are getting those as well.

Steve F. swears by veggie foods for platys, and he has some of the nicest livebearers I know, so I try to lean more towards the green stuff for that tank.

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Species I am currently keeping/breeding include :
Copadichromis borleyi "redfin"
Labidochromis caeruleus yellow labs
Aulonocara sp. "Lwanda"
Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus "Super Red Ancistris"
Xiphophorus montezumae Montezuma Swordtails
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(I'm in the middle of resetting and redesigning my fishroom - so things are kinda quiet)


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Spirulina flakes all the way for these guys, though they are not picky.


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Finally my female is starting to look expectant. I hope, I hope, I hope. How are yours doing Rich? Any offspring yet?


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not that I've seen, but they're in a tank with a zillion baby guppies, platies, and mollies - so its possible they just haven't caught my eye (I really need to weed out that tank ! )

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Species I am currently keeping/breeding include :
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Labidochromis caeruleus yellow labs
Aulonocara sp. "Lwanda"
Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus "Super Red Ancistris"
Xiphophorus montezumae Montezuma Swordtails
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(I'm in the middle of resetting and redesigning my fishroom - so things are kinda quiet)


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Rich,
you would know, the female, after giving birth looks like a deflated balloon, and is so incredibly skinny I cannot even describe it, I truely thought that my female was sick or dying before I realized what had happened.
Eric


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Good point.

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Species I am currently keeping/breeding include :
Copadichromis borleyi "redfin"
Labidochromis caeruleus yellow labs
Aulonocara sp. "Lwanda"
Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus "Super Red Ancistris"
Xiphophorus montezumae Montezuma Swordtails
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(I'm in the middle of resetting and redesigning my fishroom - so things are kinda quiet)


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with mine it took awhile before i got any fry out of them but once I did there was no stopping them.


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I just noticed at least one little fella (well, big compared to the lil platies in there) - there may be more I'm just not recognizing (my platies tend to be silver at that size).

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Species I am currently keeping/breeding include :
Copadichromis borleyi "redfin"
Labidochromis caeruleus yellow labs
Aulonocara sp. "Lwanda"
Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus "Super Red Ancistris"
Xiphophorus montezumae Montezuma Swordtails
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(I'm in the middle of resetting and redesigning my fishroom - so things are kinda quiet)


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:19 am 
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I just noticed that my female gave birth. I counted 4, 5/8" long babies. Unfortunately 2 died at birth but the other 2 look like they're doing good. They're not very good swimmers at birth.


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Cool !
I'm thinking of moving my pair from the tank they're in (livebearer community) to a tank just for them...

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Species I am currently keeping/breeding include :
Copadichromis borleyi "redfin"
Labidochromis caeruleus yellow labs
Aulonocara sp. "Lwanda"
Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus "Super Red Ancistris"
Xiphophorus montezumae Montezuma Swordtails
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(I'm in the middle of resetting and redesigning my fishroom - so things are kinda quiet)


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 Post subject: Guess I can't count
PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 8:31 pm 
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Either these guys hide real good or I can't count. What I thought was two remaining was five. She must have had seven of these really large babies. I didn't think she was that big.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 2:33 am 
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All 5 babies are doing great. After a little less than 2 months they have doubled in size. Except for one that is. Nicknamed "the runt", it will probably be the only male I get from this batch. The babies are fun to watch, they're not as shy as the parents and swim right over at feeding time.


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same here - about half a dozen little ones (as far as I can tell, its a 29g tank full of platy and molly fry too).

I really need to find a dedicated tank for these, they are sooooo cool.

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Part-time fishguy at Uncle Ned's Fish Factory (saturdays)
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Species I am currently keeping/breeding include :
Copadichromis borleyi "redfin"
Labidochromis caeruleus yellow labs
Aulonocara sp. "Lwanda"
Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus "Super Red Ancistris"
Xiphophorus montezumae Montezuma Swordtails
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(I'm in the middle of resetting and redesigning my fishroom - so things are kinda quiet)


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