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Neolebias ansorgii

Boulenger, 1912

(Other members of the genus Neolebias)


WATER CONDITIONS: Moderately soft and acidic


FOOD: Feed Neolebias ansorgii small live-foods and fine grade dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Tanzania, Nigeria

AQUARIUM CARE: Keep in a well planted tank. Males are territorial

BREEDING: The fry are very small and require paramoecium as a first food

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breeding notes

BREEDING: The fry are very small and require paramoecium as a first food

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Would Neolebias ansorgii be a good addition to a community tank?
  1. Never
  2. Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
  3. Only with species of similar size
  4. Yes, a good community fish

How would you describe the disposition of Neolebias ansorgii?
  1. Very timid
  2. Slightly timid
  3. Neutral
  4. Somewhat aggresive on occasions
  5. Very aggressive

In which water conditions do you keep these fish?
  1. Very soft and acidic
  2. Moderately soft and acidic
  3. Neutral
  4. Moderately hard and alkaline
  5. Very hard and alkaline

At what average temperature?
  1. 10-15°C
  2. 16-19°C
  3. 20-23°C
  4. 24-27°C
  5. 28°C+

What, if any is the biggest difficulty encountered when breeding these fish?
  1. Poor egg production
  2. Poor egg survival
  3. Poor fry survival rate
  4. Deformities
  5. Skewed sex ratio

How would you describe sex ratios when breeding Neolebias ansorgii? If you are unsure please leave this question unanswered.
  1. Almost all males
  2. Somewhat male heavy
  3. Roughly equal
  4. Somewhat female heavy
  5. Almost all females

In general, how difficult is Neolebias ansorgii to keep and breed?
  1. Very easy
  2. Easy
  3. Average
  4. Difficult
  5. Very difficult

How sucessful have you been at breeding Neolebias ansorgii?
  1. Very unsucessful
  2. Fairly unsucessful
  3. Average
  4. Fairly sucessful
  5. Very sucessful

Remember, each record represents only one persons experience; if you had different results, or used different methods, please share your experiences

Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Slightly timid Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Other (see below)Breeding problems:
Poor egg production
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Average
Sucess: Fairly sucessfulYears Experience: 40
Other Comments: I've kept this species at various times during the 40 or so years that I've kept tropical fish. My early attempts involved breeding individual pairs in small 2-3 gallon tanks with very soft (rainwater) water acidified with Tetra Blackwater Tonic. I was able to produce small numbers of fry using LiquidFry for a first food. These early attempts were made with a very nice green strain, which was available in the trade 30-40 years ago. About 20 years I again worked with this species. Unfortunately, the strain that was available at this time was not the bright green strain, but one that had more muted colors. Using basically the same methodology, I was able to produce hundreds of fry. The breeders were much more prolific, and I was able to raise lots of fry (300+ from one spawn) by transferring the free-swimming fry to larger tanks (15-20 gallons) with well established populations of infusoria. More recently (2010-2011), I was able to obtain a very nice strain collected by a friend from Gabon. I've been able to produce moderate amounts of fry in specially modified 20 gallon tanks, using basically the same water conditions, but allowing the fry to reach the 'brine-shrimp' stage before removing the fry.
Date this record created: 25th May 2011Breeding date: 2011
Breeder: M. YamamotoLocation: Honolulu, Hawaii

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