Blue gularis

Breeding Information

The more or less standard method for breeding Blue Gularis is to set a pair up and spawn them over smaller container in the aquarium that has fine peat in it. After spawning or a given period of time the container is taken out, the water is drained out until the peat is just barely moist, and then place the peat or the peat and container into a plastic bag. This bag is then stored in the dark for roughly 2 months. The eggs are checked periodically to see if they are eyed up. If so, then it is time to add water and let them hatch. I do it somewhat differently. Only because the only thing I could do with the fine peat and a container was make a huge mess of the tank. When I tried putting sinking mops all over the bottom, the fish ignored them and just sprayed the eggs all over the place. So I came up with a different way of doing it and the fish seem to find it to be ok. I use a tank of roughly 5 gallons or so. Actually I have the best luck with a semi-transparent plastic letter size file box that can be purchased at a Target or Wal-Mart type store for less than $5.00. There is quite a bit of traffic where my fish are and the semi-transparent container keeps them calmer. I put a very light layer of gravel in the bottom and a sponge filter at one end. I use the long strand peat moss you can buy in a garden center that people use to line hanging baskets. I have to pick out the sticks and pine straw, and then soak the stuff for about a week to get it to sink. Then I put big handfuls of the peat strands into one corner of the spawning tank. It will not sink to the bottom at first, but hover in the lower half of the tank. In goes the pair of fish.
The males can reach 5” - 7”. Females are somewhat smaller and not nearly as colorful. They have appetites to match their size. They can lay a huge number of eggs, and the fry are more than able to handle baby brine shrimp right from the beginning. They will want a lot of baby brine shrimp, and anything else they can stuff into their mouths. Chopped earthworms, chopped blackworms or bloodworms are all eaten in huge quantities.