Bedotia leucopteron (sp. "White-Fin")
This is one
of the new species of Madagascar rainbowfish to be introduced to hobbyist in the
US in the past year.
An active and peaceful community fish with interesting colors and
markings, you'll want to take a second look at these guys!
overall body color is gray with an odd iridescent green cast thru out, accented
with random black specks of various size and shapes.
Fins are clear with black highlights and trimmed in white.
My breeder males have grown from one and a half inches to two and a half
inches in the six months that I've had them.
The females have grown from one and a half inches to two and a quarter
inches in the same time period.
The males, in addition to being larger in size, also have larger and
longer dorsal and anal fins.
breeding group of five fish, two males and three females, were set up alone in a
bare twenty gallon aquarium for spawning.
A sponge filter, along with regular water changes of fifty percent every
ten days kept the water clean.
The pH stayed between 7.2 - 7.4, temperature in the upper seventy
degrees Fahrenheit range and a TDS meter reading of 239.
Both a floating yarn mop and a sunken mop were added for them to deposit
eggs into. Diet
consisted of live black worms, live baby brine shrimp, frozen bloodworms and
assorted flake foods.
month of setting them up, I started to find clear, 1.5 mm diameter eggs in the
Once a week I remove the mops, which I would guess contain somewhere
around twelve to twenty eggs each, and place them into a two gallon tank for
a few days of pulling the mops, tiny free-swimming fry can be seen dashing about
in the hatching tank.
Euglena is added as a first food at this time, about one ounce a day. After
a week, Microworms replace the Euglena and a few days after that live newly
hatched baby brine shrimp is added to their diet.
I move the fry into a larger aquarium at the time they start to accept
the baby brine.
Growth of the fry seems slow for the first month, but once they reach a
quarter of an inch, growth rate increases.