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  • Nothobranchius flammicomantis

    • Flammicomantis


      Origin: It is endemic to Tanzania. Its natural habitat is intermittent freshwater marshes.

      Temperature: 24.0–28.0 °C

      pH: 7.43–7.58

      Conductivity: 280–620 µS

      Diet: Live foods such as Daphnia and small bloodworm, but often readily accept frozen foods. Some may also take dried foods.

      Breeding: This is a bottom spawner which lays its eggs in the soft muddy substrate, peat is often used for this. Most breeders keep them in a bare-bottomed tank with a small container of soft peat to collect eggs in. The parents spawn a few eggs during every embrace. It is possible to get up to 100 eggs very quickly with a good live food diet. The peat must then be dried out abit and stored between 26-28°C  for some weeks. The amount of time required to store the eggs varies depending on a number of factors including age of fish and temperature. It is possible to tell when eggs are "ready" by viewing under a USB microscope. They should have a clearly visible eye which is surrounded by a gold ring. These eggs are referred to as "eyed-up" and are ready to be hatched. Once storing has been completed and the eyed-up eggs are ready, the peat is re-wet. After about 2 hours fry will begin to hatch. First foods should be very small i.e. rotifers and/or vinegar eels progressing after a few days onto baby brine shrimp. Growth rates are fast so ensure large amounts of food for the fry.

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