Water Conditions- Not Critical. Temp 68-74,
plants, Uncovered Tanks
Behavior- Peaceful community fish.
Breeding- 5-20 young
every 60 days.
Size- 3.0 Inches
This is one of the most attractive lines of multipunctata out
there, and fortunately, it is also very hardy. They require
plants to hide in, but a good portion of the older fish are
generally out near the front of the tank. They require
some water movement and aeration, and do best when mulm is
not allowed to accumulate on the bottom of the tank.
Though two or three pair could occupy a 10 gallon tank, they
would be far better suited in at least a 20 gallon tank
as older females can get quite large. The black splotching on
the males is unique to each individual and continues to
increase as the fish ages.
Unlike some lines of multipunctata, the females will also
develop some minor black splotching in the fins. This line
has maintained its strong color and appearance, and I have
never attempted to selectively breed it. This species was
crossed with a Skiffia francescae by Jim Langhammer many
years ago, and a hybrid line called the "Black Beauty" was
developed, which came close to creating an all black goodeid.
It is not known whether this specific line was used for
that cross, but these do come close to producing a similar,
all black fish. Generally they breed regularly, and the
females do not mind being moved to have their fry. They are
also seasonal, where their reproduction ends by mid October
and resumes early April. Though some fry are eaten, the
population will gradually increase if allowed to colony breed.
5-20 young are born with a gestation of about 60 days.
They tend not to eat their young, but females can put into
their own 5 or 10 gallon aquarium to drop. The fry are
fairly large and will eat baby brine shrimp and crushed dry
food immediately. They grow quickly and are past being
threatened by the adults at only 2-3 weeks.
Like the Characodon lateralis, a recent improvement to
address humidity in the fishroom resulted in losses in 2011.
Tops were made for all tanks, and the Skiffias and
Characodons suffered losses. After experimenting through many
variables, it was found that hese fish and he Characodons do
best when kept in uncovered tanks, with open air movement
and exchange at the water surface.
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