Dear colleagues. Andrei Selitsky is still with you and I want to talk today on the subject of “breeding barbs”. Fish are very popular, as in a flock, they look very impressive, especially Sumatran barb.
The article is aimed at those who bought a flock of barbs and decided to breed them. And so, let’s get started.
In general, the breeding of barbs is not a stressful thing, the main thing is to do everything with the mind and slowly and you will succeed. Prepare future parents until they have reached puberty.
When the young barbs grow up to 4 months of age, you will need to select the largest and brightest fish. Carefully examine future moms and dads for the presence of various diseases and defects.
Small fish with crooked backs, battered or deformed fins and so on will not do, you need healthy offspring, don’t you?
Selected individuals for breeding begin to feed good food and the amount of live food is trimmed. Usually, barbushe females become sexually mature a couple of months earlier than males.
Based on this fact, it is better that you take the males somewhat older, so that they are also sexually mature and you do not wait for the kids to whistle from the males.
And so, the prospective parents we chose, what now? And now we need some time to observe the selected individuals.
Males must be active, show interest in females. In females, the abdomen should be fairly round and be located near the anus.
To breed barbs, aquarist will require spawning. As a rule, these are small-volume aquariums (10-20 liters). The bank should not be high, but the bottom area should be normal.
At the bottom or aquarium soil stack separator mesh at a distance of several centimeters from the bottom. Carefully select the separator grid so that the cells are of adequate size, that is, so that the parents do not eat their eggs, and the eggs could easily fall to the bottom of the aquarium through the cells.
When the grid is laid properly, the next step is to find a suitable substrate for spawning. There is a lot of option here. Some use an aperium aquarium plant, some throw a solid bundle of javanese moss into their spawning grounds, and some more pragmatic ones throw a bunch of green fishing line.
When all the preparatory steps have already been completed, install a filter, compressor and thermostat in the spawning aquarium. Take care of buying the necessary equipment for the aquarium before.
I want to draw your attention to the following: spawning barbs in soft water of 6-8 degrees maximum, the pH level of 6.5-7 and the water temperature should vary between 26-28 degrees Celsius. Due to the fact that the barbs painfully tolerate a dramatic change in the parameters of aquarium water, before spawning future parents are seated in different banks and gradually change the water indicators to those that are set in the spawning room.
In the meantime, you carefully change the parameters of water, do not forget to feed the females of barbs with fodder of plant origin. Males, on the other hand, need to be fed with some other food, the food should contain a fair amount of protein.
When the moms and dads mature, the milt and caviar will be ready, the future parents will be put into the spawning aquarium for the night.
As a rule, for breeding barbs take fish in pairs, but I advise you to choose one small group of fish (several males and one female). Thus, it will not be possible to achieve a greater percentage of caviar fertilization. If you did everything correctly, the fish will probably spawn closer to morning.
It is better not to disturb them for a couple of hours.
Spawning begins with funny mating games, where the fish chase each other across the bank. The female begins to produce eggs, and the male fertilizes her immediately.
Fertilized calf falls to the ground or the bottom of the aquarium, passing through the separator net. At one time, the female can sweep away more than a thousand eggs.
After spawning, parents evicted brazenly from the aquarium. Cleaned from spawning and mesh with the substrate, after having been scrubbed from them spawn barbs.
When you have completed all the above activities, the spawning should be applied for a few hours. But first, carefully review the eggs and remove the white eggs.
This color becomes unfertilized caviar. After that, it is important to change the water in the spawning pool and top up with fresh water.
Together with fresh water, either trypaflavin or methylene blue is added and include enhanced aeration.
During the day, the roe must ripen, after which the larvae will be born, and a little later the larva will be transformed into fry, which immediately begin to actively look for something to devour. At first, feed the trifle “lively dust” and infusoria. After 3-4 days you can try to give cyclopics or artemia.
As young animals mature, feed sizes will also increase.
Well, on this post, in principle, completed, now you know everything about the breeding barbs. Try it, experiment and everything will work out for you.
Thank you for your attention and see you soon.