The Secrets of Successful Breeding of Congo Tetras
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Many fish-keepers feel that Congo tetras are the jewels among the tetras because of their beauty. They are perhaps the largest among the tetra community and most beautiful because of their colorful body. They have unusual long fins so you can recognize them even from a distance.
They are peaceful in their behavior but they should be kept in a group of at least 7 to 10. While keeping them in a community aquarium, be careful selecting the other species. If you keep them along with some other fin nipping species, it will be hard for Congo tetras to protect themselves and they will get undue stress. Soon they may get sick and may even die.
If you are a beginner, you should not go for breeding Congo tetras. It is not easy and if you are unsuccessful, you will get frustrated. However if you have some experience are in breeding other species, you can certainty think of breeding Congo tetras. Here is a list of useful tips for you –
1. Keep a separate tank for breeding them. This is required for protecting the eggs and the young ones from predators. This tank may be small in size but it should have plants, especially big leaf plants. You should also check the water of the tank to keep it extremely clean and well conditioned.
2. You should provide good food including live food to the adults to get them prepared for spawning. Once you shift them to this breeding tank, increase the temperature of the tank slightly to make conducive environment for breeding.
3. For breeding purposes, select the best colored males and females. This is important for getting healthy and bright-colored fry.
4. You should provide a mesh base for the breeding tank because after spawning, the eggs should fall through and they will be away from the adults. The adults may eat the eggs as they are not used to protect them.
5. There should not be bright lights in this breeding tank and it should be kept away from the sunshine. This moderate lighting should continue for the young ones also for their fast and healthy growth.
6. The eggs will be scattered all around the tank after spawning. The female will lay around 300 eggs within a period of one week.
7. These eggs will require the incubation of around seven days. During this period you should carefully observe all the eggs because they are likely to get fungus. Such eggs as well as the eggs which are looking odd should be immediately removed from the tank.
8. The fry will have yolk sacs to take care of their food for the first 24 hours. Thereafter, you should feed them with baby brine shrimp and micro-worms.
9. You should remember that the fry it is extremely sensitive to the quality of water and if you are not able to keep high standards of the water and other surrounding conditions, the growth of the fry will be impaired and they may also lose their color. Sometimes, they will die in large numbers for a small neglect on your part.
10. You should keep the conditions around tank calm and quiet because this fish is scared with the smallest possible reason. If the fry develop stress, their growth is hampered.
With the correct environment and appropriate feeding, the small ones will become fully grown adults within a period of around four to six weeks. After this time, you can safely shift them to your main aquarium and start enjoying their flashing colors and elegant style.