Tap water ( treated with Prime) with pH of 7.2-7.4 I do a 50% weekly change to keep nitrates down ( I have a tendency to over feed)
Unheated, temp varies from 70-74 f
Substrate: Sand and gravel substrate with some smooth river rocks
Filtration: fluval C4, marineland 75 powerhead with a sponge prefilter, ATI hydro sponge air-driven
Lighting: dual fluorescent, med-high light
Tank mates: ancistrus sp(4)- who I'm sure are eating any eggs they can find; scleromystax barbatus- who would finish off any remains eggs or surviving fry ( these have been moved to another tank); RCS; ramshorn snails.
Feeding: plecocaine, NLS Thera A, cobalt flake-ground, frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, decapped brine shrimp eggs.
Rather than moving them to the 40, I'm working on clearing out the tank mates. I guess they got tired of waiting for me to be ready for them to spawn.
I'm also hoping there are more fry in there that are still hidden in the gravel, plants, etc.
I wasn't aware that shrimp were hard on hillies (so thanks for that), they never bothered the scleromystax eggs that were laid every week. Trying to get them all out without doing a tear down will be fun I'll have to try some traps.
Species that produce large fry (this would include pseudogastros or erromyzons) may be ok, but panda asaik produces small fry initially.... so I'd guess them to be the food. I've never seen shrimp being interested in cory eggs (sticky surface?) or for that matter rainbow eggs either (I kept threadfins with shrimp, no problem collecting eggs). ..now, eggs on the ground probably would be eaten.
I really must sex mine.... I have 8 adults, simply never got to looking at them carefully.....I have 4 adults. My eyes (and camera) aren't that great so I have trouble distinguishing the males and females based on Ott's description.
Thanks for repeating you info, it may help others of us loach lovers & hopeful breeders. Continued good luck & thanks for the video. If you can please tell us how you're sexing them. I don't have pandas yet but they're oh so tempting!
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