Mick [the fish] Wright is the only aquarist to actually spawn them under a set breeding situation , i.e. a pair in a tank with marbles on the base , introduced in the evening and removed in the morning ,in a way that you would spawn barbs or tetra's, or at least the only person I know of !
Mark [madduff ] has had a lot of success with a few loaches , due to his clever fishkeeping skills also !
Btw how are your Botia's doing ?
For a while ours were breeding quite prolifically. LES.. can tell you lots more than I can, but certainly at first there wasn't anything we did for the best situation.
For more information on this read the Topics started by LES.. entitled
P. Cheni breeding with sand substrate
Sexing P. Cheni
Sadly we only have one P.Cheni left, but would love to have more.
Mesonemacheilus triangularis and some of the schisturas have been bred also.
Most of this seems to have occurred in the last few years, primarily, I think, because of the shared wealth of info on loach keeping that comes from this site and its posters.
on the list are a lot: yunnanilus cruciatus, yunnanilus sp orange (fantasy name "tuberoschistura" on loaches), sewellia cf elongata, chromobotia macranthus, yasukikotakia sidthimunki, sewellia speciosa etc
my last are lepidocephalichthys guntea
I would make a difference between spawning species and bred species ("vermehrung" and "zucht" in german)
I would call it breeding if it is repeated.
the rest is rather "getting a result without any special set-up" ("vermehrung" in german). I wouldn't call that breeding.
the chioce depends on the species and the result intended.
let's take sewellia lineolata: they spawn even in a tank in a LFS with a dozen survivers i some months. a pair in a single tank-situation can "bring" about 200-400 youngster a year, with intesive care the same number in one month!
chromobotia macranthus: about 1000 eggs or more (depends on the size) in a single spawning. so far I don't know a breeder who had success. but some spontaneous results, even with a lot of survivers.
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