Breeding Tateurndina ocellicauda (Peacock gudgeon/goby)

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Breeding Tateurndina ocellicauda (Peacock gudgeon/goby)

Unread postby vijendra_s123 » Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:14 am

Was looking for them since a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng time and was lucky enough to acquire these beauties just over a month ago.

Had housed 2 males and 3 females in a 60cms*30cms*30cms planted tank. The males immediately occupied two earthen pots (which were later replaced with small plastic pipes) placed in two corners of the tank.

A male: Males are more colorful as with all fishes and have a pronounced hump on their head.
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A female
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Setup:
They prefer slightly acidic water and dense vegetation with a lot of hiding places. A tight cover is necessary as they are good jumpers.
They inhabit lowland streams, ponds and rivers in Papua New Guinea keep. They prefer low flow, I use a big sponge filter so that the flow can easily be regulated. Males are a bit territorial so plan the setup accordingly if you intend to keep more than one male.

Do a 50% water change once a week as they prefer clean water.

Water parameters in the breeding tank:
TDS: 150
pH: 6.8
Temp: 25

As I always do with all my breeding pairs – Feed a lot of live food 2-3 times a day. (I feed them Romifex and Grindals) and eventually nature will take its course.

Tateurndina ocellicauda are easy to breed provided right conditions. They are cave spawners and should be provided with short (around 6”) of plastic tubing (these work well as compared to earthen pots as it is easier for the female to lay eggs and the male to fan them). I had previously used earthen pots as I was not expecting the fish to reach me early and was not able to get plastic pipes in my area on a short notice, before I could replace them with plastic tubes the two males had spawned in their respective territories (just 2 days after introducing them in their new tank).

If conditioned properly females will become visibly swollen and the males will start enticing them, flaring at them from their selected territories. The male will even chase the females around and may even forcibly push them inside the cave.

A male attracting a potential mate
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The other male that I had attracting another female
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A pair entering a potential breeding site
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A male literally pushing the female inside the cave
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The spawning will take place within a few hours. The female attaches her eggs on roof of the spawning site. The male will take responsibility after fertilizing them and will drive the female away. The male will continuously fan the eggs to avoid formation of fungus and keep the water well oxygenated around them. He will take their responsibility till they hatch, which would be around 48-72 hrs.

Just hours after the spawning activity
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Now this is the sensitive time as the male may even consider the newly hatched wrigglers as food and finish them along with other fish in the tank within minutes.

Best bet is to remove them after a day and hatch them yourself. What I do is take the pipe out and keep in a breeding box. Attach a tubing to the pipe and provide one bubble every two seconds, mimicking fanning from the male. If the bubble count is too high the eggs could be detached and fall out and if too low they could be covered with fungus.

DIY tumbler
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Larvae after around 36 hours
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A day after becoming free swimming
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The fry are big enough to accept newly hatched brine shrimps as first food. Feed them 2-3 times a day and keep the water clean.

Couple of days old
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A month old fry
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Re: Breeding Tateurndina ocellicauda (Peacock gudgeon/goby)

Unread postby juanico » Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:10 am

hahaha, Vijendra's famous clay pots...how many species have you bread in them already? :-)

congrats, great fish, great breeding.

can you keep the adults with RCS?

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Re: Breeding Tateurndina ocellicauda (Peacock gudgeon/goby)

Unread postby vijendra_s123 » Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:53 am

juanico wrote:hahaha, Vijendra's famous clay pots...how many species have you bread in them already? :-)

congrats, great fish, great breeding.

can you keep the adults with RCS?

hehe not that many... ;)
Thanks....:)
These guys will hunt down the RCS, would be a treat to watch... ;)

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Unread postby SCORPIO » Sat Apr 26, 2014 10:26 am

Nice. very nice.
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Re: Breeding Tateurndina ocellicauda (Peacock gudgeon/goby)

Unread postby pinaki_pal » Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:50 pm

There is one rumor among the hobbyists from Kolkata. It says Vijendra can breed even if he gets hold of a single specimen of any fish :P :P................Congrats on ur venture and keep surprising us....

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Re: Breeding Tateurndina ocellicauda (Peacock gudgeon/goby)

Unread postby vijendra_s123 » Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:26 pm

SCORPIO wrote:Nice. very nice.

Thanks...:)

pinaki_pal wrote:There is one rumor among the hobbyists from Kolkata. It says Vijendra can breed even if he gets hold of a single specimen of any fish :P :P................Congrats on ur venture and keep surprising us....

:roll wish it was true.....:), Thanks...:)
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Re: Breeding Tateurndina ocellicauda (Peacock gudgeon/goby)

Unread postby shergill00 » Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:41 pm

Vijender you make us jealous:). Every time it a treat to see fry's from your tank.

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Unread postby sub » Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:32 pm

wow breeding master , gr8 work again .

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Unread postby sushant » Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:01 am

congrats, thats another feather in your famous cap.
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Re: Breeding Tateurndina ocellicauda (Peacock gudgeon/goby)

Unread postby vijendra_s123 » Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:52 am

Thanks Shergill, sub and Sushant....:)