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Location code:
Chocolate
Water conditions: Neutral Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Somewhat aggresive on occasions Community tank?: Yes, a good community fish
Spawning Method: Other (see below)Breeding problems:
Poor fry survival rate
Sex ratio: Almost all malesBreeding difficulty: Very easy
Sucess: Fairly sucessfulYears Experience: 1
Other Comments: thay acctualy breed in 2007. only the male is some times aggresiv and this is only to his sons. i did not remove the eggs from my community tank and i only have 3 fry 2 male 1 female. they spawnd on a artifichal fern and they were given jellyed food occasionly during the two weeks. for the frys fist food i gave them hikari micro pellats my tank allways gets this anyway as most of the other fish have small mouthse
Date this record created: 24th August 2006Breeding date: 12th May 2004
Breeder: EmilyLocation: richmond north yorkshire

Location code:
Gold
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Somewhat aggresive on occasions Community tank?: Never
Spawning Method: Spawning MopsBreeding problems:
Poor fry survival rate
Sex ratio: Somewhat female heavyBreeding difficulty: Average
Sucess: Very sucessfulYears Experience: 50
Other Comments:
Date this record created: 8th June 2006Breeding date: 31st December 2004
Breeder: Location:

Location code:
Gold
Water conditions: Very soft and acidic Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Yes, a good community fish
Spawning Method: Spawning MopsBreeding problems:
Poor fry survival rate
Sex ratio: Somewhat male heavyBreeding difficulty: Average
Sucess: Fairly unsucessfulYears Experience: 2
Other Comments: I find that they bred better in ph 4 and below. Also live blood worm and glassworm helps. I feed all the fry on baby brine shrimp then dahpina then blood worm. But this method my not work for you.
Date this record created: 23rd May 2006Breeding date: 18th December 2005
Breeder: Location: yorkshire uk

Location code:
Gold
Water conditions: Moderately hard and alkaline Water temperature: 20-23oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
Spawning Method: Spawning MopsBreeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Average
Sucess: Fairly sucessfulYears Experience: 1
Other Comments: Collected and stored the eggs on damp peat for about 3 weeks then submerged them in 1" of the parents tank water. Hatched after 2-3 days. Good success using this method.
Date this record created: 7th May 2006Breeding date: 21st April 2004
Breeder: Location: Nottingham, England

Location code:
Chocolate
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Somewhat aggresive on occasions Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Spawning MopsBreeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Very easy
Sucess: Fairly sucessfulYears Experience: 1
Other Comments: Kept in PH of 6.2 - 6.4. Prolific mop spawners. Eggs kept in eSHa 2000 for 3 days then placed in Java Moss in small jar with trickle of air(Dim light only). Good hatch rate. Initially fed newly hatched brine shrimp but growth excellerates once capable of eating selected frozen bloodworm.
Date this record created: 7th April 2006Breeding date: 2nd January 2003
Breeder: Location: Salisbury

Location code:
Gold
Water conditions: Very soft and acidic Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Spawning MopsBreeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Easy
Sucess: Fairly sucessfulYears Experience: 2
Other Comments:
Date this record created: 16th December 2005Breeding date: 16th December 2003
Breeder: Peter MacadaLocation: Slovakia

Location code:
Gold
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic Water temperature: 20-23oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Spawning MopsBreeding problems:
Skewed sex ratio
Sex ratio: Almost all malesBreeding difficulty: Easy
Sucess: Fairly unsucessfulYears Experience: 3
Other Comments: Food mainly consists of frozen bloodworm, white worm & beef heart.Spawning tank size 16"x 8"x 8" with light covering of playsand on the base & 1 floating mop.Fry fed newly hatched brine shrimp & micro-worm for a few weeks then on to chopped frozen bloodworm.Fry were sexed out at about 10 to 12 weeks.
Date this record created: 13th October 2005Breeding date: 13th August 2005
Breeder: BillLocation: Cumbernauld

Location code:
Chocolate
Water conditions: Very hard and alkaline Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Very timid Community tank?: Yes, a good community fish
Spawning Method: Spawning MopsBreeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Somewhat male heavyBreeding difficulty: Very easy
Sucess: Very sucessfulYears Experience: 2
Other Comments: Mine actually bred and thrive in my hard water. I had appx 100 eggs from two young pairs over a two week period that I collected by hand from a mop in a 5 gallon tank. Appx 80% hatch and most fry survived. Force hatched the last 10-15 eggs with microworms or liquidfry food. In my water, most eggs fungus if I do not treat incubation water. In 1 gallon water--1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 drops acriflavin, and 2 drops meth blue. I changed water every 4-5 days with fresh tonic. I did keep eggs out of the light, and removed any obvious bad eggs. I also have best luck with fry if I use the same tonic for first two weeks in small plastic tubs or shoe boxes. Then to a 2.5 gallon tank with water just high enough to be above sponge filter. They are very active, not shy, when there are 70+ together in grow out tank swimming around alot and feeding on the surface! In a community tank they actually do pretty well, you just do not see them a lot except at feeding time, same as in their own breeding tanks. They hang near the bottom and naturally out of the way of my larger more aggressive fish. They eat anything and sex out very young. 2005 actually, calender would not go that far.
Date this record created: 13th September 2005Breeding date: 15th April 2004
Breeder: Scott MartinLocation: Colorado

Location code:
Aquarium strain
Water conditions: Neutral Water temperature: 28oC+
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Spawning MopsBreeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Very easy
Sucess: Fairly unsucessfulYears Experience: 1
Other Comments: Obtained both the gold spotless and the orange which is a very nice species.
Date this record created: 13th August 2005Breeding date: 31st December 2004
Breeder: Location:

Location code:
Gold
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Slightly timid Community tank?: Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
Spawning Method: Breeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Breeding difficulty:
Sucess: Years Experience: 1
Other Comments:
Date this record created: 16th June 2005Breeding date: 16th June 2005
Breeder: Location:

Location code:
Aquarium strain
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic Water temperature: 16-19oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Other (see below)Breeding problems:
Skewed sex ratio
Sex ratio: Somewhat male heavyBreeding difficulty: Average
Sucess: Very unsucessfulYears Experience: 1
Other Comments:
Date this record created: 12th April 2005Breeding date: 10th April 2004
Breeder: Location:

Location code:
Gold
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic Water temperature: 20-23oC
Disposition: Slightly timid Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)Breeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Somewhat female heavyBreeding difficulty: Very easy
Sucess: Very sucessfulYears Experience: 1
Other Comments: I put them in a new nano-tank on my desk at work. They have shagged (and shagged... and shagged... and shagged...) And I got, and keep getting, babies in less than 3 weeks.
Date this record created: 15th February 2005Breeding date: 11th February 2004
Breeder: tomLocation: SFran Bay Area, CA

Location code:
Chocolate
Water conditions: Neutral Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Somewhat aggresive on occasions Community tank?: Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)Breeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Easy
Sucess: Very sucessfulYears Experience: 2
Other Comments: * added peat to filtration system, had no success until I added this.
Date this record created: 19th January 2005Breeding date: 21st March 2002
Breeder: JayLocation: Australia

Location code:
Gold
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Slightly timid Community tank?: Yes, a good community fish
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)Breeding problems:
Poor fry survival rate
Sex ratio: Somewhat female heavyBreeding difficulty: Easy
Sucess: AverageYears Experience: 1
Other Comments:
Date this record created: 10th January 2005Breeding date: 26th December 2004
Breeder: JohnLocation: Australia

Location code:
Chocolate
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic Water temperature: 20-23oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Spawning MopsBreeding problems:
Poor egg survival
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Easy
Sucess: Fairly sucessfulYears Experience: 1
Other Comments: It's often said that A. Australe is the ideal fish for the 'beginner', although this isn't a difficult species, it is not the easiest and you need to have some patience
Date this record created: 5th December 2004Breeding date: 12th September 2004
Breeder: Location:

Location code:
Aquarium strain
Water conditions: Neutral Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)Breeding problems:
Poor fry survival rate
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Difficult
Sucess: Fairly unsucessfulYears Experience: 1
Other Comments:
Date this record created: 12th November 2004Breeding date: 3rd October 2002
Breeder: Location:

Location code:
Gold
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic Water temperature: 20-23oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Peat (or similar) spawning substrateBreeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Very easy
Sucess: Very sucessfulYears Experience: 26
Other Comments:
Date this record created: 17th May 2004Breeding date: 12th May 2004
Breeder: Dan Location: Rumania

Location code:
Gold
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic Water temperature: 20-23oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Peat (or similar) spawning substrateBreeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Very easy
Sucess: Very sucessfulYears Experience: 26
Other Comments:
Date this record created: 17th May 2004Breeding date: 12th May 2004
Breeder: Location:

Location code:
Gold
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Yes, a good community fish
Spawning Method: Spawning MopsBreeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Easy
Sucess: AverageYears Experience: 1
Other Comments:
Date this record created: 16th April 2004Breeding date: 16th April 2004
Breeder: Location:

Location code:
Aquarium strain
Water conditions: Very soft and acidic Water temperature: 20-23oC
Disposition: Somewhat aggresive on occasions Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Spawning MopsBreeding problems:
Poor egg survival
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Average
Sucess: Fairly sucessfulYears Experience: 5
Other Comments: Use of peat extract in the water to lower pH down to around 6 resulted in less fungus of eggs. Methylene blue also helped, as did separating picked eggs from one another in compartments. Even then, a substantial amount of eggs fungused (around 50% hatch rate at best). Gorgeous fish, but I suspect the long line of inbreeding has reduced the viability of eggs. I did not have nearly this type of trouble with the chocolate strains I bred. But then, I always liked the red strain better.
Date this record created: 8th February 2004Breeding date: 8th February 1994
Breeder: Homer FaucettLocation: USA--Indiana

Location code:
Aquarium strain
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic Water temperature: 20-23oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Never
Spawning Method: Adult fish removed from tankBreeding problems:
Poor fry survival rate
Sex ratio: Breeding difficulty: Easy
Sucess: AverageYears Experience: 1
Other Comments:
Date this record created: 16th December 2003Breeding date: 16th December 2003
Breeder: Location:

Location code:
Aquarium strain
Water conditions: Neutral Water temperature: 20-23oC
Disposition: Somewhat aggresive on occasions Community tank?: Yes, a good community fish
Spawning Method: Spawning MopsBreeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Easy
Sucess: AverageYears Experience:  
Other Comments:
Date this record created: 1st February 2003Breeding date:
Breeder: Location:

Location code:
Gold
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic Water temperature:
Disposition: Somewhat aggresive on occasions Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Spawning MopsBreeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty:
Sucess: Very sucessfulYears Experience:  
Other Comments: A.australe many years ago was reportedly extremely easily bred and if a healthy strain is owned it is still the same today.I know of a few breeders who go to great lengths to widen their bloodstock of this species by periodically adding new lines.If anyone experiencies a problem breeding A.australe and the usual parameters are being met then their fish are probably too inbred.
Date this record created: 25th January 2003Breeding date:
Breeder: P.BurchellLocation:

Location code:
Chocolate
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic Water temperature: 20-23oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Yes, a good community fish
Spawning Method: Spawning MopsBreeding problems:
Poor egg survival
Sex ratio: Somewhat male heavyBreeding difficulty: Easy
Sucess: Very sucessfulYears Experience:  
Other Comments: Obtained as F2, this strain is now F4-F5. Fish live for 2+ years. Nice green sheen to fish with the only orange as tips to fins. Fish show variations in dark body markings. Raised in 24"x8"x8" planted permanent setup. Also eggs collected from mops. Kept with some loricaridae. Peat stained soft water only 25% water change every two months. Eggs tend to fungus when handled. Better survival when collected eggs are kept in peat stained water. Very prolific 50+ eggs per week from 3 pairs. There are months when they stop laying eggs.
Date this record created: 30th December 2002Breeding date:
Breeder: David BakerLocation: Maidenhead UK

Location code:
Aquarium strain
Water conditions: Moderately hard and alkaline Water temperature: 20-23oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Yes, a good community fish
Spawning Method: Spawning MopsBreeding problems:
Poor egg production
Sex ratio: Almost all malesBreeding difficulty: Difficult
Sucess: AverageYears Experience: 5
Other Comments: Egg production dramatically improves if peat extract (from boiling peat) is added to the water. Will eat most foods including dry products (flake and freeze dried tubifex)
Date this record created: 20th August 2002Breeding date: 20th July 2002
Breeder: Paul CarterLocation: North Lincs

*Nomenclature correct according to KILLIDATA


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