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A newbie from belgium

Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:14 am
by Coen
Hello, my name's Amaury and i'm from Belgium (The country of the Beer and Chocolate). :D
I would like to start reproducing zebra and so I need all your advice on the matter.

I would like to buy a specific tank (approx 70Liters) 80cm x 35cm x 25cm (height) and keep 3 zebra inside (2female and 1male).

Re: A newbie from belgium

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:59 pm
by mikeyboy31175
hi and welcome seems fine too me :)

Re: A newbie from belgium

Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:18 pm
by TwoTankAmin
One suggestion, instead of a trio, consider 5 fish, 2 m and 3 fm. I think you may be more successful with such a combination. It also means that, should something go wrong and you lose a male, this will not mean the end of potential spawning. The tank you mention should be fine for 5 fish. Just provide lots of cover and one cave per fish, including fms. The choice helps and fms often willtemporarily hide or overnight in one.

Re: A newbie from belgium

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:38 pm
by Coen
TwoTankAmin wrote:One suggestion, instead of a trio, consider 5 fish, 2 m and 3 fm. I think you may be more successful with such a combination. It also means that, should something go wrong and you lose a male, this will not mean the end of potential spawning. The tank you mention should be fine for 5 fish. Just provide lots of cover and one cave per fish, including fms. The choice helps and fms often willtemporarily hide or overnight in one.
Yes but if i keep 2m, they will fight for the females no ?

Re: A newbie from belgium

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:27 pm
by TwoTankAmin
Hopefully yes. This will foster more spawns. In a tank with 13 adult fish I would have eggs in one cave with one dad and wigglers in another. At the peak I once had a 3rd dad going for a round with the other 2. I believe that spawning begats more spawning. The number 2 male and female still want to spawn after all.

I have also seen females try or actually eat eggs or small wigglers if they can when a dad slips out for bite, which they may do. She knows he wont spawn if he is on a brood. So by getting rid of them, she gets a shot before the original female is ready to go again.

Basically, it only takes one of each sex to spawn, but that doesn't make it the only or even the best way to go about things. In the end, whatever works best is what most folks will stay with. For me that has been groups over pairs or trios. However, if one way doesn't work, try another until it does :)