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Mitchell Broome

The female will hold the eggs between their anal fins for a while, but they end up depositing them on something to hatch.  It’s a pretty interesting site.  I keep them in a tank with a floating spawning mop and periodically pull the mop.  I don’t put much other decorations in the tank so they will really only deposit on the mop.  I find if I leave the eggs with the parents for too long, most of them will get eaten.  They can actually handle cold temperatures really well.  I have had them in tubs outside for a while now.  I haven’t really done anything special that I’m aware of to induce spawning.  They get a normal round of small flakes, really small (0.5mm) pellets and the periodic frozen cyclops or leftover baby brine shrimp.