Zoogoneticus sp. "Tequila"
Their diet consisted of a large assortment of flakes, frozen bloodworms and live black worms once or twice a day. In addition, live baby brine shrimp fed once a day. Fifty percent water changes were done about every seven to ten days. Temperature maintained around 75F and the TDS reading averaged 248 ppm.
It took a good while
before I ever noticed that any of the females were getting exceptionally
full-bellied to the point I was looking for fry to be born anytime soon.
Once I did see a heavy female, rather than remove her, I just
checked the tank several times a day for fry.
The fry were spotted swimming near the surface along the back of
the aquarium, against the black background.
I'm sure this provided them with excellent camouflage from the
adults since the one-centimeter long fry are mostly black and dirty
silver in color. This first
spawning was of ten live fry (that I found) and several DOA.
Spawns since have ranged from three to eight and I have noticed
that there are often a few fry born dead with each spawning.
I would think that the adults are spawning more often than I'm
aware, but I have never found a fry that has grown up in the tank with
the breeders, which tends to make me believe that they will eat their
own young if given the opportunity.
When moved to their own aquarium and started off with live baby
brine shrimp, microworms and crushed flakes, the fry grow without
problems. Sex ratios in the
several batches of fry I've grown out seem to be close to even.