Gymnogeophagus Terrapurpura Growout!

The Masked Shadow

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After my search for at least 3 months, I finally found Gymnogeophagus Terrapurpura! My boy C. Breeze C. Breeze hooked me up with a great deal. I ordered 6 of them, And they arrived Tuesday. He packaged them incredibly well, and they came lively, and ready to be released! My plan is to get a pair from the group, and keep them, while selling the rest. Then, I move them to a patio pond, which is either 36 or 42g, I can’t remember. I plan them to breed, and sell the fry. They can have up to 600 fry a spawn, and three spawns in a year! So, that’s my plan.

They are currently not in the patio pond, but In a 55g acrylic. I built a stand for it, believe it or not, which came with plenty of problems. It’s super simple. If anybody wants to see, I can show you And explain. The substrate is very deep sand, and there are driftwood, rocks, and whatever I could scrounge up from my decoration pile. I piled Anacharis, and added A water hyacinth and Water Lettuce. Some sand is matured from my 55g. All the decorations were also previously in my seeded patio pond outside for weeks. They haven’t eaten yet.

They are not photogenic right now, and hide in the roots of the Water Hyacinth and Water Lettice, but here are some pics I got. These are photos from the day I got them.

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The Masked Shadow

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I think there are some at a nearby pond shop. I need to grab some Anacharis anyway, so Im going there tomorrow
 

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Congrats on finally finding these guys! Hope they grow out well for you!
 

C. Breeze

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I think you meant 600 fry in a season. Those pairs can spawn 3 times a season a couple hundred fry at a time. Each pair being good for 500-600 fry in a season and you probably could keep 2 pairs out of your fish if you wanted to… more terapurpura than any man needs. Hahaha.
 

The Masked Shadow

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I think you meant 600 fry in a season. Those pairs can spawn 3 times a season a couple hundred fry at a time. Each pair being good for 500-600 fry in a season and you probably could keep 2 pairs out of your fish if you wanted to… more terapurpura than any man needs. Hahaha.
There is still a ton of fry!
 

The Masked Shadow

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The pond store, if you can believe it, was OUT of Mosquitofish, and the Platys were limited to one pair per person. The pond store also had some ‘weird’ Platys, which she gave two of them to me for free. They came from some guy who gave them to me for free. So there are 4 dithers. The ‘pair of Platys’ are actually Sailfin Mollies. One of the ‘weird’ Platys is a normal store bought Platys, and the other is a mosquitofish. Garunteed. Also, I got Anacharis, Racoontail, and Water hyacinth for them. The store bought platy hangs out with the gymnos, and even pokes at the ground like that. The mollies staked there claim on the cichlids rock, and the mosquitofish just drifts around with no friends. I’ll grab some mosquitofish later. Here is a photo load. After I added the dithers, They came out and picked around.

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jjohnwm

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I think you meant 600 fry in a season. Those pairs can spawn 3 times a season a couple hundred fry at a time. Each pair being good for 500-600 fry in a season and you probably could keep 2 pairs out of your fish if you wanted to… more terapurpura than any man needs. Hahaha.
Wait...I'm not sure I understand...

Are you saying that he won't be able to raise 1800 fry to saleable size in that 42-gallon tub, using only one pair of adults? Why on earth not? And, even with two pairs, it sounds like it will only be 1200 fry?

Hardly seems worth the effort...
 
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