Fundulopanchax Nigerianus 25+ eggs


Hatching in peat:

Small plastic tubs complete with lid will suffice for hatching providing they are not opaque as the eggs are light sensitive.They are then left somewhere warm and dark for a further fortnight. After such time, you are able to see most of the eggs coloured a deep amber and ‘eyed up’, almost ready to hatch. The baby fish are then removed from the acidic peaty water by use of a pipette and placed in a small tank to grow. They grow much faster in a 12 litre tank than in a small bowl.  It should be noted that sudden temperature changes should be avoided during the handling and hatching process.

Hatching in water:

Place the eggs with peat moss (all content from the package) in a margarine tub or similar, containing water from a well cycled tank. No aeration is needed but apparently speeds up embryo development.  The new fish start hatching at 15 days. Being born at 3 – 4 mm in length, the Fundulopanchax  are able to take newly hatched brine shrimp straight away. I also feed them on a high protein, fine grain dry food. At 3 weeks, they can eat grindleworm, and even blood worm depending on growth rate. Provided these foods, coupled with crushed flake, leads to fast development.

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For those who would like to try breeding fish for the first time, Fundulopanchax nigerianus are the perfect solution. By providing good conditions and feeding them well you will have sussess. They appear tolerant of a wide range of water conditions.  You can feed the fish on a good quality dry flake food, frozen blood worm, cyclops and grindleworm.  In my opinion the spawn more frequently when they get live food. They produce on average between 3 -10 eggs per day and female. They  spawn continuously with no break.  The fish will spawn on wool mops hanging into the tank. Acrylic mops are best to use as they do not rot. They will also place their eggs on fine aquatic plants like Java Moss or the roots of Java Fern. Two or three pairs placed in a two foot tank will be a good choice. If you want to breed, your chances to get fry are much higher if you keep them not in a community tank.  Males are somewhat territorial so it is good advice to keep a ratio of 1:3, 1 male and 3 females or a multitude of this ratio. In general Fundulopanchax nigerianus are an attractive and interesting species to keep.