Anyway, I just transferred all 5 of my weather loaches (3 plain, one of which is also full of eggs, and 2 golden) to a new 39 gal tank with lots of plants, including the water hyacinth at the top. That was last Tuesday, so now, a week later, they seem to be laying eggs in it! See if you see anything. I don't have further info, other than that I don't heat the tank, and I have an inside filter with bio-media which I switched from the other tank.
We have a minimal internet connection, so I hope we can handle a few people watching:
As I said, they were intertwining (link your index fingers together - like that) and spraying eggs and milt all over the place, but the eggs didn't appear sticky, which I have seen described. I have no idea if they then were eating them. They looked very very tiny - 1/4 of a pinhead size! - and possibly some fell deep into the roots and could have been fertile - they were nearly transparent, and I was standing more than 5 feet away to keep from bothering them too much. I will see if I can get any pics later tonight.
Would it make sense to remove the plants? I still have a 10 gal set up and running that I could drop the hyacinths into tonight, and see if anything appears when I get home next week.
Unfortunately, I can't seem to be able to view the link you provided, but if the weather loaches have spawned, I would suggest either carefully removing the adults from the tank (they will predate on the eggs) or filling another small tank with water from the main tank and very carefully netting out the plantful of eggs and placing it into this separate tank. You should be able to save quite a number of eggs this way. Run a small air driven sponge filter on the tank containing the eggs, as they could get drawn in to anything more powerful. Keep us updated of any developments, and of course, still photographs would be most welcome, as would details of your water parameters.
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good luck with your eggs. hopefully you will have babies soon. keep us informed. we love news like this
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