Discussion in 'CBP questions and answers' started by tjudy, Aug 19, 2012.
I now have Betta Channoides
Now that my apisto dream for my biocube is out the window, I am interested in finding a cares species that I can keep in a planted 14 gallon Biocube. I would prefer something colorful and easy to keep (possibly a livebearer, but am open to others). What should I look for?
Licorice gouramis or any of a number of small betta species would be good choices.
Licorice gouramis would be my choice. If you decide on those I would go in on a few with you.
Parosphronemus linkei have always been on my "must keep" list. Do they breed easily? ( TheWetSpot on AB has them now and I considered ordering other things from them recently)?
From their list I see :
Are they Cares? (sorry, for some reason I missed the link somewhere to the list of cares species?)
I seen those on the list and yes they are a cares species.
If you are going to keep Paro with the intention of breeding them, please consider that they need a low pH (under 6.0), soft water (ramp up the RO) and will not really thrive unless they are provided a variety of small live foods. They like tannin-rich water with leaf litter, and dimly lit habitats. This is not the best choice of fish for a planted tank. Some plants can handle the conditions, but not a 'traditional' high-light, neutral-slightly hard planted aquarium. Paro are perfectly happy in harder, brighter water, but they will not breed. Like all very small fish (and especially anabantids) they are not long-lived. When I used to keep and breed a few species, the reproductive life span was rarely more than two years.... usually I only had fish spawning well for a few months.
Paro are all on the CARES list, but only one species is listed on the IUCN list. There is an organized effort to make them a conservation priority: http://www.parosphromenus-project.org The website lists habitat destruction as one of the threats, but it is hard to see how commercial collection of wild fish can be excluded as a threat.
I have done a lot of reading on them and I know they are difficult. I was going to do a set up just for them but not a planted tank set up. I do want to breed them. I am sure i will have questions when I do get some. Now that I know someone that has bred them.
Haplochromis sp. "Tomato"
Protomeles sp. "Steveni taiwan" (Taiwan Reef)
Pundamilia nyererei (Python Island) and (Mwanza Gulf)
Xystichromis sp. "Kyoga Flamebacks"
Mbipia lutea "yala swamp"
Separate names with a comma.