Yaoshania pachychilus has been bred by Friedrich Bitter in 2014. Report in AMAZONAS September/Oktober.
As he has visited the origin river in south-china, he had some interesting news about to report. First question in keeping is, why they are so hard to keep in longer terms. Mine had all gone after three and a half year. Water-emperatures in that region is very low - down to 10. That means, they need very well oxygenated water and the temperatures over 21 - as in our tanks - are bad for keeping. I lost a lot of them in a summer with temperatures over 28.
Nobody can tell you, how old they become.
In Germany ther has been some effort to breed
https://my-fish.org/zuchtprogramm/zucht ... -schmerle/
They breed easily, but they don't last. Latest info is from the breeders above in 2015 (Gerhard Ott). As far I can see, there has not yet been a succesful breeding with F1.
http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/ya ... chychilus/
*edit* I also have a sponge filter rated for 40 gallons
Ken- if you get to this side of the state, let me know and I'll hook you up.
Our Lake Michigan tap water in Holland/Zeeland is pretty good. I've bred over 170 species in it, including many cichlids, corydoras cats, livebearers, killis, native Michigan fish, and a couple generations of Senegal bichirs. I usually don't mess with it except for dechlorinator, or the occasional addition of RO water during a water change to simulate a rain storm. I'll add a chunk of limestone if I'm working with Tanganyikan cichlids, or leaves for added cover and for fry to graze on, but that's about it.
I do not get the spawning from the chenis I now have compared to years ago when my tanks were a few degrees cooler. Two or three years ago I ran across some Crossostoma lacustre and they did very well for me at first, even spawning at least once. But, I never saw any fry even though the eggs appear to have hatched in the gravel and the adults gradually died off. The tank was (and still is) a steady 75F up from 68-72F that is was when I first set it up and prior to me adding larger powerheads. These temps are not a problem for Sewellia,however, since I get spawns all the time.
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