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    USE THE RAIN!

    I just wanted to point out to everyone that most fish in the wild spawn during heavy cloudy and rainy days. @kberg2498 said his corydora duplicareus have already started spawning with no help what so ever.
    So, if your have some fish that you are trying to breed or have had trouble getting to spawn in that past, USE THE RAIN! Do a small water change today using slightly colder water than what is in the tank, mimic the influx of freshwater into rivers and lakes caused by the rain, you might be pleasantly surprised!

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    Great tips.
    I also suggest putting together a rain barrel as well for anyone trying to breed or get better results. I have a 110 rain barrel I set in the middle of the yard with a huge diy funnel. I use that water for plant only tanks, shrimp tanks once in a while, and breeding tanks!

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    I like the idea bigtime! As I live in dirty ole LA County is there concern for pollutants? I would love some baby apistos!!!

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    yeah I got around 15-20 good eggs so far 3 of them were from the batch a few days ago and they hatched in this container like a minute after I took the photo.
    Having a hard time picking out the eggs from the giant storm of xmas moss I got from amzreefs lol.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kole85 View Post
    I just wanted to point out to everyone that most fish in the wild spawn during heavy cloudy and rainy days. @kberg2498 said his corydora duplicareus have already started spawning with no help what so ever.
    So, if your have some fish that you are trying to breed or have had trouble getting to spawn in that past, USE THE RAIN! Do a small water change today using slightly colder water than what is in the tank, mimic the influx of freshwater into rivers and lakes caused by the rain, you might be pleasantly surprised!

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    Could this theoretically work with my blue dwarf gouramis? About how many gallons? time to collect rain when I get back home lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bongox3 View Post
    I like the idea bigtime! As I live in dirty ole LA County is there concern for pollutants? I would love some baby apistos!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by the.under.ground View Post
    Could this theoretically work with my blue dwarf gouramis? About how many gallons? time to collect rain when I get back home lol


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    I dont collect the rain water....just use it as an excuse for a water change. The first time my triple reds spawned was when it rained, hoping my orange flash do as well

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    Ohhhhhhhh!!!!! My bad totally misread your post ... sorry...

    But I think you’re on to something... my Apistogramma baenschi females are all bright yellow and black....oh, and mean! Had eggs a few days ago, but lost em..

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    those in the cities. make sure to let the rain, rain for awhile before u collect. LA air is dirty let it rain for a while till it cleanse everything then collect.

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    I wasn't aware it was legal to collect rain water in California now, it was always super regulated. Going to look into getting some barrels now lol

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    Hey guys, I messed up this thread... Kole wasn’t advocating collecting rain water... he was explaining that this weather is associated with breeding behavior with certain fish... and to utilize this weather to conduct water changes (with normal water sources, not rain water)..

    That was my error, I read his post wrong... sorry Kole...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bongox3 View Post
    Hey guys, I messed up this thread... Kole wasn’t advocating collecting rain water... he was explaining that this weather is associated with breeding behavior with certain fish... and to utilize this weather to conduct water changes (with normal water sources, not rain water)..

    That was my error, I read his post wrong... sorry Kole...
    Yes Mike, its cool though lol. I wouldn't advise anyone to collect rain in so cal. Theres who knows how many amounts of chemicals in out rain water due to the smog here.
    Its something about the pressure in the atmosphere the fish can sense and it puts them in the behavior, so a little extra kick with a watet change to mimic the fresh rainfall can be just the push they need to get it on.

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    Well... you were right...did frequent water changes, with slightly cooled water and added a little blackwater extract and catappa concentrate (tantora) and everything colored up... rainbow cichlids are yellow and guarding eggs... even found a few small Colombian tetras... hoping all my apistos get in the mood a little bit more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bongox3 View Post
    Well... you were right...did frequent water changes, with slightly cooled water and added a little blackwater extract and catappa concentrate (tantora) and everything colored up... rainbow cichlids are yellow and guarding eggs... even found a few small Colombian tetras... hoping all my apistos get in the mood a little bit more...
    Sweet!

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    I'd be interested in seeing what effects if any mimicking the sounds, lighting and surface splashing/vibration of rainfall might have in triggering similar behavior. Fish are sensitive to these as well, and since they are hardwired to recognize changes that signal 'breeding time' some of these other signals might have an effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormvisions View Post
    I'd be interested in seeing what effects if any mimicking the sounds, lighting and surface splashing/vibration of rainfall might have in triggering similar behavior. Fish are sensitive to these as well, and since they are hardwired to recognize changes that signal 'breeding time' some of these other signals might have an effect.
    Supposedly the "storm" or "lightning" effects of modern LED lighting systems will trigger some mating responses in fish.

    I do have a rain-inspired scape in my daydreams that eventually I will fabricate. Not in order to encourage breeding, but it will be interesting to see what might occur as a result.

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    It's on my 'dream list' as well if funds and space considerations ever allow.

    This one is pretty cool


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    You could also try making one yourself. You can take some tubing and a pump and poke holes in it, there's some store in europe that makes them, george farmer did a tour of it, ill find the link and post it here later

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    Here it is, the store is called panta rhei
    https://youtu.be/hd0aWKkLXSA

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCas View Post
    You could also try making one yourself. You can take some tubing and a pump and poke holes in it, there's some store in europe that makes them, george farmer did a tour of it, ill find the link and post it here later

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    Yeah. I guess if anyone has an RO setup they could use that to auto replace evap since this water shouldn't clog the holes with mineral buildup or biofilm crap if you are using recirculated water.

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