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BANGGAI BREEDING 101

 


Understanding the character of Banggai is key in reoccurring success. They are a shy fish that will be more likely to breed when give enough cover and food for them and their young. Adult banggai will eat larger pieces of food and the same tiny foods that the fry eat but only if it is free floating. Only when enough of both are available will they begin the process of breeding if there is enough cover for them and their fry to hide in. The two foods that should be given to both adult and fry are Hikari mysis shrimp and San Francisco cyclops. Not brine shrimp! Within a month the fry will be eating the mysis shrimp too but still keep up the cyclops feedings if you want the adults to breed again. Banggai breed in seasons of three to four months then they take a break for a month or two only to start up again for another three to four months if left alone to do what they want. Do not separate the male from the female after she gives him the eggs, they should stay together during the incubation period. He helps her find food by pointing at it and not eating it, which is how you can tell he is holding eggs. The male will hold the eggs for exactly 30 days when the babies will start to pop out of his mouth that night after dark. The single babies will swim to the surface of the water and then back down to find a place to hide. If there is not enough grass for them, an urchin in a basket works well for them to hide in but keeps other fish away because of their size. The babies can be raised in the same tank as the parents until they get bigger and should be removed by the time the next batch is about to hatch using the urchin to trick them. If the male is fed a lot of food the three days after he gives off a batch she will give him another batch of eggs and start the whole thing again. They can be bred in a colony but only if there is either No cover or Much cover so the adults will not fight over space. Single pairs are best and if left alone to be happy will keep breeding over and over for years. There should be no need for wild caught banggai because they are so easy to breed if you can find a healthy pair to begin with. Tank bred is best for the wild but the wild would be better for clean lines. The only way to get wild or (tank bred) banggai in that will live to begin with is to have them shipped to you before they are put into a central filtration with chemicals. You must ask the pet store or wholesaler to ship them to you in the same bag it was in when it came into the wholesaler before it was put into their water and they will live to breed, otherwise they will just die within a few weeks. This is the same fate doomed for tank bred banggai as well if they too are put into a central filtration. Be absolutely sure to get banggai before being put into this chemical parasite infected water found at almost all pet stores or wholesalers and please make sure any true tank bred fish or creatures do not go back to this old flawed system or aquaculture does no good.