A while back Tom told me these were C. compta. Since this time I have bred different batches on several occasions. Now the Marinho revision has me unsure as to whether they are C. compta or C. eigenmanni. I tried doing a scale count on a dead male and it seems to fit with the latter, however, I am not trained to do scale counts and could have been doing it incorrectly. Either way, they are stunning fish and you should have no problem getting fry in a heavily planted tank (if the plants are close to the surface). Alternatively, if you remove the eggs to a tub or small tank, you should get more fry but you will need Paramecium for at least the first week or two as they have small mouths to start with. Some of these in the video are ones that I raised and the males are sparring quite a bit but currently no eggs that I can see. I had a hyper aggressive female who was attacking my cardinals and her mate (the dead one from the scale count) who currently resides with a pair of Crenuchus spilurus. I produced a powerpoint on breeding them years back but not quite sure where it is these days.
I did once see a male defending an almond leaf that was not yet fully submerged. I guess eggs were on the leaf though I couldn’t see them.
Same for me with Copella callolepis (sensu Zarske), always on a dead leaf, just below the surface.Yes, mine have spawned on Catappa and oak leaves that have been in the process of sinking.
Just been reading your thread, interesting that you couldn't see the eggs without taking the leaf out of the water. I did not move the leaf as I was scared of disturbing things, and I failed to see the eggs though I was sure they must be some due to the behaviour of the male, keeping all other fish away and apparently fanning the leaf. I never saw the actual spawning, but the situation of the leaf was identical to yours. As for feeding the fry, there must have been plenty of infusoria in my tank for the early stages, and I was feeding the adults with brine shrimps a lot of the time anyway, but started to feed these every day when I saw the fry. There wasn't too much surface water movement as the top was covered with water lettuce and Vallisneria leaves. I have soft water (KH 0-1, GH 1-2, pH about 6.8).Hi all,
Same for me with Copella callolepis (sensu Zarske), always on a dead leaf, just below the surface.
Details (and a video) are at <"https://www.apistogramma.com/forum/threads/copella-callolepis-sensu-zarske.23469/#post-109288">.
I got up to at least seven at one point, but the last one has just died.
The problem I had in a 60 cm tank was that they really don't like one another (even the females), and that is really only enough real estate for two or three fish, and definitely only one male.
I keep incredibly weedy tanks and the only other occupants were (are) about 10 Corydoras pygmaeus, of various sizes, so if I tried with them again it would be in a much bigger tank, even though they are a small fish.
Should work. Mine would often get caught in the roots of the Pistia so would not sink for quite a while.Hi,
I´ve always wondered would it be a viable solution to take for example a Catappa leaf and let it rest partly on a mat of Salvinia or similar? That way the leaf would not sink.
I didn't have a Catappa leaf, but they seemed to like curly, dried leaves, rather than flat ones, like Oak (Quercus robur) or Magnolia grandiflora. I'm guessing that was because it formed a partially enclosed space.I´ve always wondered would it be a viable solution to take for example a Catappa leaf and let it rest partly on a mat of Salvinia or similar? That way the leaf would not sink.
It could be one of my threads. I have one on here from when I bred them. Tom gave me the technique with the floating plant pot trays with notches cut in.Hi all,
I didn't have a Catappa leaf, but they seemed to like curly, dried leaves, rather than flat ones, like Oak (Quercus robur) or Magnolia grandiflora. I'm guessing that was because it formed a partially enclosed space.
I can't find it, but somewhere there is a thread where some-one (@Tom C ? or @Apistomaster ?) fixed two plastic plant saucers together and then cut a notch in the rim to provide an enclosed spawning area.
A dead brown Beech (Fagus sylvatica) or Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) leaf was absolutely perfect, other than sinking after a few days, but I have a huge number of these collected, so it didn't matter.