aquarium of Mr. J. v.d. Woude at
He was a competitor in the National aquariumcontest
already a considerable time ago so there are
enough reasons to pay some attention to it; real highlights from former days are
timeless beautiful and still of interest anyway .
It is a typical aquarium which is extraordinarily suitably for large school of
the Emperor Tetra, Nematobrycon palmeri.
For your information I quote what I
wrote about it in het Aquarium 1993 page 185 et
seq. "If you take care you've
a well planted comunity-tank, with a lot of delicate leaves and roots so that
there are many dark hiding-place, his majesty spontaneously swings into action.
One of the most suitable plants to achieve this object is Java Moss; Vesucilaria
dubyana (javamos), that in most tanks staked to the back wall of polystyrene
splendid thick and dark bindles These
are extremely suitable for breeding al kinds of fishes, while the spawn in it,
is more or less invisible so that is prevented that it is eaten for the most part
by egg robbers
javamos vormt ook Fontanilis antipyretica (bronmos) een uitemate geschikt
afzetsubstraat voor een natuurlijke kweek
(Willow Moss), is greatly
for that target. When
you feed well with
al kinds of live forage out of ditch and pool
a group of Emperor Tetra's, that have such a tank as quarters, after some time
one may expect spawn in the tank. Composing such a group one must take care that
the females have the better of the males. At a majority of the males the mating
pairs are disturbed out
of jealously quite often.
When the Emperor Tetra's are ready to mate, the most beautiful ones ( read the
dominant) males a dark corner as a territory and try to temp in there a female.
The male swims in circle's around the female and at the end of a little dance
like that she gives him a slap with the fin. The male mostly can not resist at
this and he begins with
the display himself, consisting of wild executed course curves, at which the fins
are spread until tearing. When the female follows the male they disappear entirely
in the moss and a number of eggs are laid, untraceable for the other occupants
of the aquarium. When mating is finished, the young fishes break the cover of
the egg after ca 36 hours they. Just after five days they go in search for food
They become what they need temporarily with all kinds off nourishment consisting
little animals, that live
in sufficient degree in tanks in which the fishes are fed with living nourishment.
When they grow hungry they leave the
safe shelter in search
for feed, and are eaten by the other fishes. In this way one is able to raise
some dozens of Emperor Tetra's in his community tank, enough to fulfill one's
own needs and perhaps also enough to please a beginner with a little school as
well. And what is more pleasant than a school of Emperor Tetra's from his own