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7 years 1 month ago #2638 by Teu­nis
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I’ll go for a brown back­ground behind the tank. just need to find the right colour.

com­pan­ions make fish usu­ally less shy, and some Sun­dadanio might look great in there, but no young.….
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7 years 5 days ago #2725 by Teu­nis
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after a water change one of the males showed him­self;





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7 years 4 days ago #2726 by Peter Finke
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With­out doubt P. ornat­i­cauda, although not in dis­play colours.

Teu­nis: It would be infor­ma­tive — for many read­ers — if you told us where you got this from: a pri­vate breeder or the trade. If the trade: which coun­try and which town and which date. Where other species avail­able there at the same time? Have these been named cor­rectly?

You could iden­tify the females, too: shorter, blunter dor­sal, not whitish bor­ders at the anal, in nor­mal colour­ing no red “flag” in the cau­dal fin.

For a peat swamp tank, dried leaves of oak or beech should be added and the whole milieu should look darker. Your water seems to be clear water. P. ornat­i­cauda is a typ­i­cal black­wa­ter species, and one of the more dif­fi­cult to breed. It depends on good pairs and really ripe ani­mals. In order to see the extra­or­di­nary inten­sive pair­ing colours and the aston­ish­ing zig-​zag dance you need to give them the ade­quate envi­ron­ment. Plants are of minor impor­tance, the (very small) cave, the tea-​coloured water, the sub­dued light and the danc­ing space is nec­es­sary. If you hap­pened to get a good pair, they will do it in clear water to, but not with a pH of 6 or more. 4,5 is good, 3,5 is pos­si­ble (but not with­out adjust­ment time of about a week.

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7 years 4 days ago #2733 by Teu­nis
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Peter, they are from com­mer­cial trade, Ruine­mans is the whole­saler, they were sold as wild caught but no fur­ther spec­i­fi­ca­tions where pro­vided.

the tank dimen­sions are 50cm x 25cm x 30 cm water level 20cm.
water has the colour of weak tea, but the cam­era fil­ters that out:
auto­matic white bal­ance:


white bal­ance based on light above the tank:


light­ning is strong for 3 hours every evening (55 watt PL), dur­ing the day there is only day­light, in the morn­ing a lit­tle direct sun­light.

some­how the pH doesn’t stay as low as it should, after a water change pH is 5, a few days later is nearly 6

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7 years 16 hours ago #2739 by Teu­nis
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some crapy shots of courtship behav­iour:





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7 years 16 hours ago #2740 by Peter Finke
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Teu­nis, I wish you the very best for young ornat­i­cauda. It could be extremely dif­fi­cult to locate (and con­trol) the clutch in such a com­plex sur­round­ing. Of course that must not be the case, but then you will to have much patience to wait for young, It may take weeks until sud­denly some are vis­i­ble …
Good luck anyway!

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