Jump to content

PCS & Stuart M. Grant - Cichlid Preservation Fund - Details here

April PCS Meeting  - Malawi Adventure Report - April 3rd - Details soon

March Fish of the Month Lamprichthys tanganicanus "Tanganyika Killifish"- Details here

PCS Photo Comp 2018 - Enter to Win Prizes - April 3rd - Details soon


How I Bred My Peacock Bass

  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1 MattyB

  • Forum Member
  • Joined: 21-February 14
  • Location: Hillman

Posted 14 February 2016 - 03:57 PM

Hey everyone, as some people have noticed peacock bass have flooded the market. i thought it was about time i gave out a write up on how i successfully bred my peacock bass.

(i do not have my pair anymore, i sold them to be bred by someone else with this write up, sadly they have been split and sold off. (Sorry Jules))


since they have flooded the market they are going quite cheap, 7-9 cm at around 30 dollars ea, DO NOT pay over this price, even i think 30 might be a bit high since they are flooded, just shop around as there a few breeders out there, pm me and i can send you in the right direction.


ok here it is, i will add the pics on the bottom of the write up



ABSOLUTE MOST IMPORTING THING - Water must be immaculate just before bass have spawned!!! this is what tells you if you have lots of fry or no Fry!! when it looks like there getting close I usually do 50 precent water changes every day so I know once they spawn everything is Perfect. reason for this is because when they spawn the eggs become mouldy etc which fowls the water up and you cant do a water change until there free swimmers. (if the nitrates are bad, you can try doing a few drip water changes but be careful. )
 1.   3 days for eggs to become wrigglers (eggs will start to look mouldy/fungus like on 3rd day, THIS IS NORMAL, leave them be)
 2.   Wrigglers turn into free swimmers in 3 days
 3.  As soon as all wrigglers turn into swimmers, get a fry tank (small, pref 2ft) fill half way with tank water than syphon babies straight into fry tank. DO NOT start daily water changes till the next day.
4. once fry are in the fry tank you can start feeding a few hours after. (freshly Hatched Brine Shrimp) Over feeding is a must!! they will eat each other if there hungry. at this stage 50 precent water changes can start on the next day daily.
5. feed them as often as you can, I have left it to 4 hour period without too much of a loss. just keen in mind the more you feed them the higher survival rate you will get. when im home I fed them on a 2 hour basis. than at night just once when go to bed than once n the morning. (don't go getting up early hours of the night lol)
6. feed Hatched baby brine shrimp for 10 days
7. on the 11th day start feeding frozen baby brine shrimp (I used hikari, I brought it from Pet magic, 7.50 a packet when buy bulk)
8. once the parents are starting to show signs of spawning again I put the fry bass into a grow out tank, 3-4-6ft doesn't matter, they will  be able to find the food themselves now. at this stage depending on the size of the tank you go you can cut back on water changes. (if you want to grow them quick continue the daily water changes as it removes the hormones that the fish produce that slows down growth rate)
Feeding chart
1. first 10 days Freshly Hatched Baby Brine Shrimp
2. 11th day onwards Frozen baby brine shrimp
3. don't need to but at 1.5cm I started doing processed cod fillet and beef heart, taking it in turns with bbs. you can feed them just on frozen bbs up to 4.5cm if you like.
4. at 4.5cm start introducing blood worms, only small quantities, at first they wont take it
5. keep them on frozen bbs and Blood worms, by 5cm they will be on 100 precent blood worm diet only.




My pair that i sold that were split (oddly i believe the male was sold and has been passed around a little)




mum with babies




prepairing for a spawn


vids of babies being fed






i will try find my other pictures of the babies when they were at 3cm to 5cm. will post them soon

Edited by MattyB, 14 February 2016 - 04:00 PM.

#2 MattyB

  • Forum Member
  • Joined: 21-February 14
  • Location: Hillman

Posted 14 February 2016 - 04:03 PM






#3 zach16

  • PCS Club Member
  • Joined: 12-September 10
  • Location: Westminister

Posted 14 February 2016 - 04:57 PM

Wow nice mate the previous owners definitely did't breed them with this wright up tho sorry...

#4 Jules

  • Forum Member
  • Joined: 07-July 09
  • Location: Thornlie

Posted 14 February 2016 - 08:11 PM

I'll give it a few years. They'll most likely start to be hard to get again, well quality looking ones anyway, a lot of medium large size ones that are available atm look crap, and some get that lateral line disease, and hith, inadequately fed and housed etc making them quite tacky animals.

The fact they've been split is quite upsetting. All I have to say. Oh well, not my fish anymore, but still, seems quite wrong imo

Edited by Jules, 14 February 2016 - 08:15 PM.

#5 Jules

  • Forum Member
  • Joined: 07-July 09
  • Location: Thornlie

Posted 14 February 2016 - 08:18 PM

If the owner still has the female, pm me, I'll possibly buy her to join my bass army.

#6 Peckoltia

  • Forum Member
  • Joined: 15-October 04
  • Location: Dianella

Posted 14 February 2016 - 09:27 PM

Cool write up.

I'm unsure why you would go to bloodworm from brine though. Poor nutritionally, going to prepared pellets/flakes would be a much better option.

Edited by Peckoltia, 14 February 2016 - 09:28 PM.

#7 Buccal

  • Forum Member
  • Joined: 02-October 10

Posted 14 February 2016 - 09:38 PM

Nice write up.
Have to say, no one should ever allow a good pair of bass to be divided like that..... what a shame.

Newer problems are arising over market flooding know,,,, not to be confused with lack of total interest across the whole board regarding fish keeping.
Retain the value of fish, the people into fish will happily pay,,,,, selling fish for far to low prices (especially if it was a shop), will not magically increase amount of people getting into fish,,, might jag impulse buyers a few times at start,, but that's about it.
$30 is a good all value tag,, for the bass I'd say shop or private, this price is fine.

Yeah finishing with bloodworm was a strange one.

Edited by Buccal, 14 February 2016 - 09:42 PM.

#8 Jules

  • Forum Member
  • Joined: 07-July 09
  • Location: Thornlie

Posted 15 February 2016 - 04:17 PM

Turns out that male bass MattyB isn't one of the breeding pair, so there still together im told.

#9 MattyB

  • Forum Member
  • Joined: 21-February 14
  • Location: Hillman

Posted 20 February 2016 - 09:48 AM

Jules they were def split and the male was sold as i know a few people that was offered him jules.the femalw is with a diff male.
I had issues going from brine to pellets, so going to the bloodworms was the cheaper in between the brine and pellets as the brine was costing an arm and a leg, i was using a tray of brine a day and the cheapest i found it in bulk was 5.50 ea tray.

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users