Popondetta blue-eyed or Popondetta furcata (Pseudomugil furcatus)
Popondetta furcata of the melanoteny family lives in swift, clean streams with generous vegetation in New Guinea.
Description: in nature, the length of the furrowet poponette is 6 cm, in captivity – no more than 5 cm. Yellow-green fishes, which are much brighter in males.
The second name – Fork-tailed Blue-eyed – popondetta received for its difference from the representatives of its family in the form of a forked tail fin.
Aquarium parameters: A pond donette needs an aquarium of at least 40 liters, richly planted with plants. However, they should be placed mainly around the perimeter so that the fish have where to swim.
Fork-tailed blue-eyed bird is thermophilic, suitable temperature for it is 24-28 degrees, pH 7.0 – 8.0, GH 12 – 16. In an aquarium, floating plants are obligatory, fish like to swim among them near the surface of the water.
Nutrition: Popondetta eats all sorts of feed, but prefers frozen and live foods, such as insect larvae (caretra) and artemia. The size of the feed should be small, the fish have a small mouth.
Food is eaten mainly at the surface.
Content: bright and very frisky fish feel excellent in a flock consisting of 6 paired individuals. Sineglazka is quite peaceful and gets along well with the same peaceful neighbors.
In some cases, males may show hostility towards females, but calm down in a group with a predominance of females. Popondetta likes to hide, so you need to have a lot of plants in the aquarium.
Particularly relevant in the maintenance of these fish is the regular replacement of water and maintaining its purity. “Old” water provokes a velvet disease, to which popondetta is very susceptible. The presence of a compressor, a filter and a varied diet with different types of food will keep the health of mobile and beautiful fish.
Breeding: The process of breeding poponetta furcata is quite simple. 8-10 females and 2-3 males are launched into the spawning aquarium. This proportion allows females to put off more eggs and not overwork from the active courtship of the males.
Double spawning is also possible, but requires more attention. If the female does not suit the male, he can harm her.
Replacing the female usually fixes the problem. During spawning, it is interesting to observe the behavior of competing males.
As a substratum for spawning, it is better to place Javanese moss in the aquarium, on which the female will stick eggs. The adult fish is small, but the caviar is quite large, so the female lays no more than 10 eggs at a time. Moss with deferred caviar should be immediately moved to another aquarium, the donette often eats both caviar and fry, and another should be put to the producers.
Before the appearance of the larvae passes 2 weeks. The amount of water in the aquarium with fry should be small, as the fish grows, it needs to be increased.
Growing fry: Initially, feed the puppet poponetta with infusoria; at the age of a week, the nauplii Artemia will approach, gradually adding small frozen and dry food. The fry of the fork-tailing blue-eyed grow very rapidly and become mature by 3-4 months.