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Post by Star on Wed May 02, 2012 4:34 pm

I have................. omg so excited here, got my weather loach to spawn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! notoriously difficult to do (according to the net) and I have done everything wrong (according to the net) I kept their tank heated over the winter to 18c and once the ice was over I removed the heater, the koi left last week and these two have had a 5ft tank to themselves. Today I intended to move them and as I was cleaning out meatball & noodle I whitnessed them spawning. I have now moved them to another tank in the hope that some of the eggs hatch.

another rare spawning for me *punches the air and dances round the kitchen*

Managed to capture just one half decent picture of the male wrapping the female.


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Post by ladygoodwrench on Wed May 02, 2012 4:45 pm

Outstanding!!!!!!!
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Post by Flute on Wed May 02, 2012 9:06 pm

Fantastic! Well done Star XD
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Post by Star on Wed May 02, 2012 9:25 pm

Oh its the highlight of my fishkeeping, such a rare thing to happen I am so lucky to have seen it. If I hadnt they would have been moved tank and the 400 emptied today and the eggs washed away without me knowing.

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Post by Star on Thu May 03, 2012 11:15 am

really crappy pic, but I have some eggs on one of the ornaments burried in the moss, most are in the gravel so I cant see them, they are still white just how they were yesterday. Trouble is I am used to brown cichlid eggs so I am not sure if these are fertile or not.


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Post by sjones_1 on Thu May 03, 2012 4:34 pm

Cool! I hope you can keep us updated with how things progress. I didn't even know it was possible to spawn weather loaches in tanks.

Any plans for the fry? What will be their first food etc?

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Post by Star on Thu May 03, 2012 5:02 pm

Sam, neither did I lol, everything I have read on the net says that they are really difficult to breed in tanks and that they are mainly commercially bred. I only found 1 account of someone in the states claiming they had bred weather loach in their tank with guppies, but how they explained how they spawned was totally different to how my male wrapped himself around the female, so I am dubious about their accound.

As for feeding I am at a loss to be honest, I am not prepared at all for this as I was due to close down the tank. If I hadnt been cleaning out the tank next to theirs I wouldnt have seen them spawn and they wound have been moved and the tank emptied never knowing. I have a little infusia, I think I will have to ask hubby to go to the LFS for some liquifry, but I have already asked if anyone has any banana worm or other cultures growing at the moment if they could send me some IF the eggs hatch.

Its scary, if they do hatch I might be the first person to breed weather loach in a tank !!!! omg

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Post by Rusty on Thu May 03, 2012 7:53 pm

Well bugger me, congratulations O-o

not an easy feat.

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Post by Flute on Fri May 04, 2012 12:08 pm

Any idea of how long till the eggs hatch? Very Happy
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Post by Star on Fri May 04, 2012 12:10 pm

I have some fluffy eggs Sad but still some on the gravel look ok. I had hassle all day yesterday with the ruddy filter (using an internal) it kept lifting, then the nozzel kept coming off disrupting the flow, pissed at that.

Keeping fingers crossed the none fluffy are fertile, they should start hatching tomorrow if they are!

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Post by Flute on Fri May 04, 2012 12:29 pm

Keeping my fingers crossed that they'll hatch Very Happy
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Post by ladygoodwrench on Fri May 04, 2012 3:33 pm

3 days for eggs to hatch.

http://freshaquarium.about.com/cs/loaches1/p/weatherloach.htm
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Post by Star on Fri May 04, 2012 6:52 pm

All but 1 of the eggs I can see have gone white and fluffy Sad, I am not going to attempt to move them because they are all far enough apart, I have 1 I can see that has no fluff but I can see any "development" within the egg, should be hatching tomorrow if there are any others in the gravel, but I am starting to loose hope Sad

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Post by ladygoodwrench on Fri May 04, 2012 9:18 pm

Still exciting..
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Post by Flute on Fri May 04, 2012 9:47 pm

Even if nothing comes of this batch, you never know, now that they've done it once they might go on to breed properly for you.
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Post by AN7NY on Fri May 04, 2012 10:22 pm

congrats on the first batch, an good look in the future.
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Post by Star on Fri May 04, 2012 10:40 pm

Trouble is I really cant keep them, I am in desperate need of the tank the eggs are in and the parents are in another tank now in the kids room, hubby is not best pleased with a 3rd tank in the kids room, but the kids are happy lol

I have put some of my fish up for sale on AC as I am so desperate for space some just have to go Sad

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Post by AN7NY on Fri May 04, 2012 10:43 pm

i no wat ya meen, im down to 6 tanks now an will be loosin afew more.
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Post by Flute on Sun May 06, 2012 10:25 am

Any news on these Star?
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Post by Star on Sun May 06, 2012 10:43 am

The eggs I could see went fluffy Sad not sure if there are any more in the gravel as its large gravel. I did get excited yesterday when I saw a planaria worm thinking it was a baby loach for a second lol, I am going to leave the tank as it is until next weekend, even if some have hatched I will have no chance of spotting tiny wrigglers in the bottom of a 400l tank ! by next week I should spot something if any have hatched.

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Post by AN7NY on Tue May 08, 2012 12:49 pm

have ya spoted any yet
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Post by Star on Tue May 08, 2012 6:00 pm

Na nothing Sad

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Post by AN7NY on Tue May 08, 2012 7:12 pm

sorry t hear that but at least they are tryin now
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Post by Flute on Tue May 08, 2012 7:30 pm

Tis a shame Sad But hopefully now they've done it once they'll keep spawning for you.
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Post by sjones_1 on Tue May 08, 2012 7:46 pm

Hi Star,

I had a thought about this spawning. If this is something you might pursue (I think you should). It would probably be worth using a bare bottomed tank with marbles all over the bottom and have high flow but a fine mesh over the filter inlet.

Does this seem like a possible method to successfully spawn these guys?

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