Bedotia geayi, Pellegrin, 1907
Origin:Madagascar and the surrounding Islands
First European import: The Netherlands, 1958, by Aquarium Westhandel, Amsterdam.
Description: See picture. Several colorvarieties exist
Care: Bedotia geayi is a good community fish which likes to live in groups of 6 or more, but is otherwise undemanding. This active fish which inhabits the upper and middle regions of an aquarium should be kept in an 80 cm tank minimum.A lot of free swimming space, good filtration and welloxygenated water are important to Bedotia geayi well-being. The water should be medium hard and low in infusoria, frequent(weekly 25%)waterchanges are required.
Feeding:Omnivorous, all food is accepted, as long as it is at the surface or in the middle regions of a tank.
Size:Up to 15 cm.
Breeding: Bedotia geayi lays quite large yellow eggs in plants near the surface, where they will hang from threads and will hatch in 6-7 days. Breeding should be done in pairs in large enough breeding tanks, with some floating plants at a temperature of 26 degrees, and a Hardness above 10dGH. Spawning usually occurs in the morning, a bit of sunlight seems to intice the fish to breed. The parents do not eat the eggs or the fry. Fry should be fed infusoria and/or artemia nauplii in the beginning. Fully grown Bedotia geayi need large amounts of live foods before they reach breeding condition, especially large insects or larvae.
Sexual dimorphism:Females are slightly less colorful.
Picture references:Pictures: E. Naus
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.(click on the link to buy this book)
Frey, H.(Unk): Het grote aquariumboek. Edition III, revised by A. van den Nieuwenhuizen. Neumann Verlag, Radebeul, Germany.
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