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Do nannacara anomala require special water for breeding ?


I have a couple of nannacara and very often i see the female go into breeding colours (checkboard); and occasionally i see her guarding a cave but i never see any eggs (perhaps snails are eating them?); much less fry. While I'm not trying to explicitly breed them i am curious if they require esp soft or acidic water for successful breeding (I'm using tap which is gh 4 kh 3 and ph around 7 or 7.1).
My cockatoo in the same tank have successfully bred in this tank (though they have not attempted for a 6 weeks - or at least i have not observed them do so but they did have one successful breeding in which the female was caring for frys for a couple of weeks).

Mike Wise

Staff member
5 Year Member
Your parameters should be fine for this species. Something else may be the problem.



It might be a young female syndrome. It took my angels 4 or 5 times to get it right; and similar for rams. I will say I like these fishes a lot more than the apistogramma; they seem to have a lot more personality (they are in the 40 withthe cockatoo) in a community tank. I will also say that so far both the cockatoo and nannacara have been not overly aggressive to other tank mates (cories, pleco, guppies, kubotai rasbora - though i worry the cockatoo could eat the kubotai with that giant mount). I'm a passive breeder - if she has frys and they get a couple of weeks old i'll give her some help but i'm not trying to raise a bunch of fishes - mostly because no one around here seems to want them (I couldn't give away my angles to anyone 'cept the lfs - no one wanted them).