Profile: pacific blue eye breeder
I am currently working with Pacific Blue eyes in a school aquarium for science. It has been around 10 weeks that I have had to provide 5 blue eyes with their natural habitats, good comforting food and at the same time try and breed them Two of the fish are males and three are females- is this a good enough ratio between the genders?
I have been trying to breed them since day 1, however my team members and I have only seen small progress. We have done the following though, and Im asking whether you could offer me with any other different alternatives or solutions to have a succesful breeding.
Since mid-february I have: 1. done regular water changes of about 20-30% of a 60 litre tank. 2. fed them with a variety of food including quality flake food, blood worms and brine shrimp- they tend to enjoy eating the bloodworms most. 3. Provided them with a spawning mop 4. change the light settings so that they get light during the day and darkness throughout the night 5. the tank is near a window, but it is not so near that there is direct sunlight 6. I have made sure to keep the nitrate levels between 7-8, and the ph level under 20 7. I have added valve, and eloda weed as the plants 8. lots of rocks for hiding places
Is there anything that I could include in what Im already doing, or can I change anything that I am currently doing to the aqaurium do you think? Since they first arrived in the tank the pacific blue eyes have turned from semi-transparent to a silvery - grey colour. I know that when their colours get stronger they are more likely to breed, is this true?
Well, thank you for your time. If you have any information regarding successful breeding of pacific blue eye, that would be gladly appreciated :-)