Archocentrus septemfasciatus


Archocentrus septemfasciatus

These I collected at different fish auctions during 2005. Along with Firemouths, Spilurus and Nicaraguenses they all had to be tanked together as space was short!

Out of the blue the A.septemfasciatus started to show breeding colours and particularly the female darting in & out of a ceramic cave. Her colour on her pelvic fins and her eyes changed to intense black, and her attack style made me realise she had eggs in the ceramic cave, although I was not 100% for sure. Time to remove all the Firemouths, Spilurus and Nicaraguenses which was done, leaving just the female and the male in the tank.

The tank was a 50x17x17 inch decorated with tiny pea-gravel and a couple of rocks/slate. Two box filters either end of the tank filtered the water. Temp. 82-84°F was maintained via a pipe heater slung underneath the tank; this was connected to a separate thermostat. Conductivity was 426µs.

On 06/01/2006 wrigglers appeared within the ceramic cave and on 09/01/2006 the first of free swimming fry ventured out of the cave. With the male fish still in the tank the female would not allow him anywhere near the fry as she went into attack when he ventured anywhere near the fry. So I removed him to another tank, where he has remained ever since, as I did not want any of the fry killed or even him.

Now 22/02/2006 the female + 70-100 fry ½ - ¾ inch fry swarm around the tank always looking for food. The female still has black eyes & pelvic fins and when I peer into the tank, makes attack towards the glass. The fry are fed on microworm, Tetra Powder Fry food and crushed flake 2-4 times daily.

Today 01/03 2006 the female fish seems to of lost interest of her young, as they decide where they swim. So with cap in hand I've removed the female to another tank. The youngsters swim in a shoal always looking for food when I approach the tank.

On 10/03/2006 I've re-introduced the male to the female's tank, almost 2 months since I had to remove him. Also in the tank is a young pair of Theraps lentiginosus and a female Sajica. Immediately both Septemfascium showed signs of wanting to breed.
A water change was done with water being poured through a watering can spout, imitating a tropical storm downpour. I in the past I have found that this method has produced good results in getting fish to breed.

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by Ian R.Fairweather