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    Default Good start to Thanksgiving

    Took a bit of effort to get them going this time, but Hypancistrus zebra season is officially underway!

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    Default Re: Good start to Thanksgiving

    Very cool Adam So how do you get these guys to breed? I understand it is not easy!
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    Default Re: Good start to Thanksgiving

    Congrats!
    I didn't know that their eggs are so big!
    Please, keep us posted on the evolution of this batch

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    Default Re: Good start to Thanksgiving

    Cool Adam. They look amazing mate. Have you had fry from them before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Hand Pat View Post
    Very cool Adam So how do you get these guys to breed? I understand it is not easy!
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    Thanks, Pat! This group spawns mostly during the winter months and only occasionally outside of that time frame. They were already well conditioned, and the females were hanging out on top of or near the entrance of his cave ("Hey, you free this weekend?"). I ran them through several weeks of dry season stimulation with small water changes only to siphon the tank bottom. To stimulate the wet season, I did two 50% water changes with pure RO on back to back days, bringing the TDS from 130 ppm to 40 ppm. The water was unheated and dropped the temperature by 5 degrees, though I don't think this matters as much as it does with cories. The male trapped a female 2 days later, and they spawned after 48 hours. Supposedly, the long trapping time is the female's way of testing if the male is strong enough to protect the eggs.

    Quote Originally Posted by thomaswal View Post
    Congrats!
    I didn't know that their eggs are so big!
    Please, keep us posted on the evolution of this batch
    Thanks, Thomas. The fry look even weirder when born; like a grain of rice on top of the egg. If all goes according to plan, they'll hatch 4 days from now and start eating in about 10-11 days.

    The eggs were pulled immediately after the first photo, as I don't trust this male anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danotaylor View Post
    Cool Adam. They look amazing mate. Have you had fry from them before?
    Thanks, Daniel. Yes, this group has been very easy to work with. Here's a shot from last year (when he was still a reliable dad):

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