How to Keep and Breed Peacock Gudgeons
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gudgeons (sometimes called rainbow gudgeons) originally came from
Appeal: Black-trimmed yellow fins on a blue and red mottled body earn these guys their peacock or rainbow name. Their willingness to flare or display to their tank mates makes them real eye-catchers in a community tank.
Size: In a retail tank, you see them at one inch, maybe 1.5 inches. Theoretically, peacock gudgeons grow to a massive 2.5 inches. Most top out at two inches.
Foods? Not at all necessary
unless you plan to breed yours. And
even then, frozen foods will provide the necessary nutrition boost.
If you decide to breed yours, add
Housing: You can keep peacock gudgeons in small aquaria – even those hard-to-care-for mini-tanks. Ten gallon tanks work much better for most people. They’re more stable water quality wise.
Attitude: Not a shy fish, peacocks still prefer the lower half of the tank. Males “flare” at each other much like bettas but don’t get into the fin-ripping battles that earn the Siamese fighting fish its world-wide fame. Peacock gudgeons may nip a bit but do no real damage to their tank mates.
Fellow good mixers include dwarf gouramis, sparkling gouramis,
honey gouramis, white clouds, featherfin rainbows, kuhli loaches,
glassfish, killifish, otocinclus, red cherry shrimp, ghost shrimp, and
Temperature: Keep your peacock gudgeons at typical tropical temperatures – 75 to 80 degrees.
Décor: Small sections of PVC pipe make instant home sweet homes for your peacocks. Fine in a breeding tank, but you’ll want to give them an aquascaped tank. Watching them navigate in and out of the rockery adds to their appeal.
Plants: Planted tanks work great. These little guys never eat or tear up plants. They love exploring your aquascaping and looking for small bits of food in the greenery.
Breeding Tips: Condition your breeders in separate tanks for best results. Provide ½-inch diameter PVC tubes three-inches long with a cap on one end. Face the openings to the front for easy observation.
Breeding Activity: The
male takes over the tube he prefers, then coaxes a cute female inside for
a brief romantic interlude. After
she produces the eggs, he’ll chase her off and care for the eggs.
Last Word: What a great fish in a small package. LA.
Credits: This information originally appeared in the newsletter of the Iowa Aquaria Association www.iowaaquaria.com
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