Another loach spawned *update on young kubotai*

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Another loach spawned *update on young kubotai*

Post by Mad Duff » Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:40 am

Some of you may remember the large Botia Kubotai that I got in March, for those that don't they can be seen here http://forums.loaches.com/viewtopic.php ... ht=kubotai

Anyway they settled in and have been happily getting on with the other loaches in the 7ft tank ever since.

Today when I was feeding the tank I noticed the big male kubotai dart towards the power filter in the front corner and something shot out from behind it and into some bogwood, trying to keep calm because I saw how big this thing was I put two nets into the tank and tried to lift the piece of bogwood when something darted out and straight into the net.

Well to say I couldn't believe what I saw in the net is an understatement so I quickly grabbed a small show tank added some water and dropped this little fish into it, to my total disbelief what I pulled from the tank was a tiny (compared to the adults and any other kubotai I have) 4cm kubotai.

The first thing I did was tell the wife the second was ring Emma and let her know that I have spawned Botia kubotai Image

So knowing that info would be needed here are some water stats:
Ph - 6.8
Nitrite - 0
Ammonia - 0
Nitrates - between 5 & 10 ppm
Temperature - normally around 79 - 80

And finally after I had calmed down a bit I managed to take some photos that were finally in focus :lol:

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I thought I would never better the spawning of my sidthimunki but this is an amazing feeling even if I didn't know anything about it, hopefully when I have a bit of a rearrange of the 7ft in a couple of weeks time I may just come across a couple more.
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Post by Emma Turner » Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:46 am

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I spent about 20 mins on the phone with Mark (Mad Duff), and I think I was buzzing as much as him! :lol: This is such fantastic news and many congratulations have to go to Mad Duff for his success, or should we now be calling him The Loach Whisperer?

One other test result I would be interested to know would be the general hardness, if you get time, Mark.

And remember, where there is one, there is usually more. :wink:

Well done,

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Post by mickthefish » Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:46 am

CONGRATULATIONS bud. what more can i say.

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Post by plaalye » Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:50 am

WOW that's exciting! Congratulations MD!! It must be several months old at that size eh? Kubs are my favorite, now we all have something else to hope for.

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Post by tariesindanrie » Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:57 am

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Well done, Mark! What have you been feeding the adults?


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Post by Doc » Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:07 am

Superb News there. Keep us all updated.
So many species of fish yet so little time, space and money to keep them all...

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Post by NancyD » Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:42 am

Fantastic!
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Post by Mad Duff » Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:47 am

Thanks for all the great comments, I have to admit I am still buzzing :D
plaalye wrote:WOW that's exciting! Congratulations MD!! It must be several months old at that size eh? Kubs are my favorite, now we all have something else to hope for.
I think they must have spawned pretty much as soon as I got them so if that is the case it could be just over 5 months old.
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Well done, Mark! What have you been feeding the adults?


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Hi Kate, there usual diet constists of combinations of the following foods:
Dried:-

Flakes – Spirulina, tropical, garlic, earthworm, brine shrimp and beef heart
Dried ground brine shrimp
Sera discus granules
JMC catfish pellets and promin
Algae wafers
Bloodworm, Crab and Krill, Squid and green lipped mussel pellets
Sera vipagram
Tetra wafers
Red astax crumb
Nishi-aquaria floating pellets
Hi-protein pellets

Frozen:-

Bloodworm
chopped mussel
Cockle and squid
White and black midge larvae
Lobster eggs
Artemia
Daphnia
Cyclops
Tubifex
Garlic mix
Cichlid mix
Mysis shrimp
Pacific Krill

I try to give them something different every day if I can :)
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Post by Mike Ophir » Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:00 am

This is amazing!! Congratulations man! You really need to document this in an article or something!

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Post by daspricey » Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:22 am

Congratulations! That is really fantastic - the worlds first captive bred botia kubotai!!! :D :D

How many kubotai do you have?

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Post by Mark in Vancouver » Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:39 am

Amazing, MD! Congratulations!
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Post by piggy4 » Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:44 am

Fantastic Mark , first the Sids :shock: now the Kubs 8) congrats , keep up whatever it is you are doing , your fish must be enjoying their time in your care :!:

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Post by Mad Duff » Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:53 am

Mike Ophir wrote:This is amazing!! Congratulations man! You really need to document this in an article or something!

Mike
Thanks, I have already been contacted by Practical Fishkeeping :)
daspricey wrote:Congratulations! That is really fantastic - the worlds first captive bred botia kubotai!!! :D :D

How many kubotai do you have?

David :)
Thanks David, I have 6 adults to 6" in the big tank and 3 to around 4" in another tank with the rostratas which is now where the youngster is.

Thankyou Mark and Piggy :D
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Post by helen nightingale » Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:25 pm

wow, i am so excited for you :D :D :D :D that is brilliant news. have you stopped shaking yet?

can you tell us about your water change regime? do you exactly match the water?

do you know anything about the water conditions where you got them from, compared to your water, if you think it might be a spawning close to when you got them?

what we now need is CCTV webcams on your tank, to see what happens when they spawn. i bet they wont do it again when you are watching them.

Now we have to hope that its going to become a regular occurence

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Post by Doc » Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:35 pm

Mad Duff wrote:Thanks, I have already been contacted by Practical Fishkeeping :)
I let Matt know as soon as you posted this on here.
So many species of fish yet so little time, space and money to keep them all...

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