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19 Oct - CAKC meeting hosted by Cris Diaz, Aberdeen, MD 21001

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Cameronense breeding information

Cameronense breeding information
by Monty Lehmann

I have bred several cameronense locations by using the following breeding set-up: I start with a ten gallon tank, fill with soft (30 ppm) water. I add about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch of standard Canadian peatmoss (that has been boiled three times with a vigorous rinse in a coarse net between boilings) to the bottom of the tank. I get about a dozen large oak leaves, rinse then under the kitchen tap and then I layer them in the tank with a small twig ot two to keep them from compacting too much.

A box filter with filter floss and a cover is added. Three sides of the tank are covered with black construction paper and a tight fitting cover is a must.

I introduce a pair or trio (if available), feed baby brine shrimp, mosquito larvae and any other small live foods that are available. In about five weeks fry appear, but they are quit difficult to see at first as the tank is very dark. You must sit very quietly until the parents, then the fry come out of their hiding spots. After two months plus I set up a new tank for the parents and raise the fry in the original tank.

A word of caution: you must make small weekly water changes to keep the tank ph from getting too low. The ph can crash easily because the hardness is so low. Also, the oak leaves do rot and end up a gooey mess after a few months. I have never been able to re-use them.

I tried many mop set-ups before I went to this level of effort. All were unsatisfactory due to low(or no) numbers of eggs and fry produced. This also works for A. raddai, although not as necessary.