Pearl Gourami Breeding Behaviour

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  1. MariaS

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    Congratulations @Ladysphinx that's awesome

    I agree with @Pezulu on the worms its easier to keep water clean than when using egg yolk (I know its good and used for years ) but the worms just last longer without adding to water issues

    Good luck further...
     
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    Ladysphinx

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    @MariaS I will be happy to use the worms if I can get some.
    @Reedfish I'm doing two wc's a day 2l at a time and I'm using water from my big tank and just refilling it. That way i know the water is already a bit aged. I haven't noticed any fry losses yet.
     
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    Well done. Good thing you got all the extra tanks. They will be full if fish soon, and then you will need more tanks.

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    Hahaha My husband already tried to convince me to breed my thre spot Gouramis too but I don't think I will be able to handle that spawn too. I will be working on buying more equipment to get the other tanks running too
     
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    @Ladysphinx

    What are you going to do with the fry once they get to a decent size?
     
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    I'm probably going to sell them. Maybe keep two females.
     
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    Will the lfs take them from you?
     
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    Yes i have three lfs willing to buy them from me. I won't get much but it's something. It will help me support my hobby. I'm also going to sell some prv via whatsapp groups, ads and Tasa.
     
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    That's good that you have a number of lfs to take them youngsters from you.

    When I bred fish, most of the lfs within a 1/2 hour drive were taking the youngsters from me. But it got to a point where I was producing faster than they would sell on.
    So eventually I had to stop with the breeding.
    And tbh, I wasn't that keen to have all sorts of people turning up at my door step just to pick up 1 or 2 fish.
     
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    Reedfish I understand what you are saying. But the nice thing is that I have kept actual contact with two people who as bought from me and met another person who is well into the hobby through them. My biggest dream is probably so someday own my own LFS and or breeding facility. If I can earn a living by doing what I enjoy why not. I quite my job because working in a office made me super depressed and so now I spend most of my time with my tanks anyway since I'm now a stay at home mom and wife.
     
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    Apologies for the late reply.
    Nano Aquatics have starter kits of Walter Worms available @R10-00.
    Alternatively I could give you a culture that is ready to feed the fry, if you can pick it up.
    I also have quite a few Hikari First Bites, more than I am going to need in the next few months.
     
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    It's all fine Pezulu. Is it possible to orginize shipping since I don't have transport to pick it up at this time.
    It's really a pain in my butt since it's always a struggle to get anywhere.
     
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    @Pezulu.

    Are Walter worms the same thing as micro worms?


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    Walter worms are about a 1/4 - 1/2 the size of Micro worms.
    Fry that can't eat BBS yet can be fed Walter worms.
    Once the fry can take BBS, they can also take Micro worms.
     
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    @Pezulu.

    Wow I always thought micro worms were way smaller than bbs

    Where do vinegar eels and banana worms fit?

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    Walter worms are smaller than Micro worms, and also smaller than BBS.

    I use Walter worms to start my fry on, and once they are big enough, I feed them Hikari First Bites, which is comparable in size to BBS.
    I don't use Micro worms, as keeping cultures going of just 1 type of worm is enough for me.

    Vinegar eels are apparently a PITA, and I have never come across them, and therefore never tried them.
    From what I have read Banana worms are about halfway in size between Walter and Micro worms.
    Once again, I have never come across them, plus setting up more cultures is too much of a hassle. One type is enough.
     
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    @Pezulu. Would the same principle work for betta fry?

    Walter worms and then Hikari first bites instead of bbs?
     
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    The principle should be the same.
    Some people swear by Hikari First Bites, others swear at it.

    I have used it successfully on CPD fry and German Ram fry, with no issues.
    Mixing a knife point full in a bit of tank water in a shooter glass beats the hassle of hatching BBS, and it works just as well for me.

    My advice would be to see if it works for you, and if does, great.
    If it doesn't, stay with the breeding of the BBS.

    As an aside, I have heard that feeding guppy fry Walter worms for 2 weeks has significant benefits regarding growth rate and size.
    I haven't had guppies in a few years now, so can't give any comment based on personal experience.
     
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    I used to swear by finely grated boiled egg yolk.
    It was easy and cheap. It did make a bit of a mess if you over fed, but I was on top of water changes anyway.
     
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    Reed fish it does help. it's not perfect but fry are growing quickly and they are still alive. I have to admit that I'm doing two wc's a day at the moment but I'm fine with it.
     
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