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8 years 2 months ago #242 by Peter Finke
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To start this topic on Euro­pean meth­ods, I want shortly char­ac­ter­ize some very dis­tinct meth­ods of sev­eral suc­cess­ful Euro­pean experts on Parosphromenus:

1. Walther Foer­sch (the “founder”): tanks of 20 liters totally empty except small bub­ble fil­ter and cave (small square flow­er­pot), one pair, dif­fer­ent exper­i­ments as rais­ing of the fry is con­cerned;
2. Gün­ter Kopic (a “pio­neer”): tanks of 30 liters, sim­i­larly “empty” as Foersch’s, spe­cially designed caves (“Kopic style”) from ceramic, dark light, some float­ing plants, mostly inten­sive breed­ing by sep­a­rate rais­ing of the fry;
3. Bernd Bus­sler: some­times more plants, dif­fer­ent caves (includ­ing film-​capsules), feed­ing the pairs with Cyclops, mostly exten­sive breed­ing;
4. Mar­tin Hall­mann: few or no plants, tanks up to 40 liters, bub­ble fil­ter, dark light, sin­gle pairs, caves from wood, tubes, ceramic, both meth­ods (exten­sive and inten­sive);
5. Karen Koomans/​NL: tanks up to 60 liters, crowded with plants, exten­sive breed­ing, use of the prod­uct “Easy Life”, water changed not very often
6. Allan Brown/​UK: very small tanks, some­times 5 liters, very inten­sive water chang­ing, pairs, inten­sive breed­ing;
7. Horst Linke: tanks of dffer­ent size, caves from leaves, light nor­mal, feed­ing the pairs with Tubifex.

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8 years 2 months ago #252 by helene
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I use 12 and 20 liter tanks, — with no fil­tra­tion or heat­ing. No gravel, but some­times spag­num or leaves to cover the bot­tom, — small piece of wood, caves (clay) — javaferns and java mos, and many times duck­weed to cover the sur­face.
Mostly one pair for one 12 liter, but some­times in 30 liter more fish, like 2.4.
Not inten­sive breed­ing at all, but also very lit­tle ‘suc­ces’ rate, — one or two young­fish every now and then. Really too lit­tle, and I am not happy with it.
For this rea­son I am think­ing I should change my con­cept, because obvi­ously this is not the ‘way’ to pro­duce many fish. Which I actu­ally would con­sider being a suc­ces if I could.

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8 years 2 months ago #253 by Chris­t­ian Hinz
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As Peter has already enu­mer­ated are there sev­eral dif­fer­ent ways to breed Parosphromenus.
One is suit­able for the exten­sive method (many plants) and oth­ers for the inten­sive breed­ing method (only a few plants, some even almost “ster­ile”). Each type can carry on their way to suc­cess with proper exe­cu­tion.
I pre­fer the way of Mar­tin Hall­mann: no or only a few plants, bubble-​filter and only one breed­ing pair per aquar­ium. Also I have more leaves in the aquar­i­ums (two to three lay­ers) and a swamp root. As caves I use ceramic or some­times film-​capsules.
What I try in recent times is to don’t take the young fish sep­a­rately in plas­tic boxes but in a so-​called “Gerd­kas­ten” in the same aquar­ium. With a smaller num­ber of young fish to 15 it will appear to work well.

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8 years 2 months ago #260 by Bernd Bus­sler
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Was ist ein “Gerd Kas­ten”, ich ver­mute die Ein­hängekästen von Gerd Ahrnt aus der nähe von Hamburg?

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8 years 2 months ago #261 by Bernd Bus­sler
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What is a “Gerd box”, I sus­pect the Ein­hängekästen Gerd Ahrnt from near Hamburg?

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8 years 2 months ago 8 years 2 months ago #263 by Chris­t­ian Hinz
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