Your doing a great job.Australae are said to be a beginners fish but I dont agree.Having kept and bred maybe 60 killi species over the decades these can cause troubles for many people.But if you can breed clarets with your success then these will be a piece of cake for you
You should have a crack at the blue gularis,my favourite killi and quite challenging at times
Ive seen mouths like those commonly in rainbowfish and also but less commonly in Nothobranchius killis that spook easily and run into things.Seems to settle and Ive not had one get infected.At the start I though it may have been collumnaris but it never developed any further
Ivantsoffi is a very beautiful blue eye and very easy. Ive had conniae for some years and this is much more difficult than the others. Ive tried very hard to have it well establlished but it is still very rare
Ive just noticed in my mac tank a male with a mouthful.Ive no idea how long he has been holding as I dont look in the tank very often (only to chuck food in);Ive not set them up or conditioned them for breeding.My questions are these:
Has any one had experience with fry that still have a yolk sac attached.Can they be raised like Rift lake cichlid fry??
Are the eyes of mac fry visible though the throat membrane to give a clue about gestational age
I have 7 adults in a 3ft tank heavily planted,any chance of fry surviving??
That sounds like a great setup.All the unimac group can get aggro and I had a very aggressive male a few years ago,the 4 fish ended up in a standard 4 ft tank.Watch them after a thunderstorm as this is a powerful spawning trigger if mature and well conditioned.
Good luck they are cool fish
One of the reasons I have scaled down my wild betta collection was jumping and then I had a period when the male refused to incubate their eggs.As wild nut has stated these can be very frustrating fish
I should mention I didnt have many issues with the bubblenesters like clarets and splendens group
Having the Nothobrachius group dwindle to a few I am now involved in the "rainbowfish" conservation group (a subset of ANGFA).I have 32 NG rainbows and interest is still good after several years (Im not the boss just a backroom guy).These fish like Nothos are important because we cannot import them.Also the Government of NG and West Papua do nothing to preserve species eg M oktediensis killed off by Rio Tinto(there are a few populations world wide including here in Aus).They have more pressing issue like keeping people alive,they cant eat rainbow fish all day.
It seems to me,having been involve in these groups, that you need a few very enthusiastic member and a critical number of long term keeper.Most hobbiests,and Ive been one,go through phases of enthusiasm and then give up and move onto other species or have a break due to health or other personal issues.
So to answer your question we don't have a group at the moment
Jumping is a pain in these fish,the most common cause of death by a long way.I ended up cutting a flat piece of poycarbonate sheating to the exact dimensions of the tank and drilled a hole in the middle for feeding even so a umimac male got through so I plugged up the hole and lift the sheating when I feed them (macrostoma this time)
There seem to be a few people on the forum that have had success with macrostoma.I was given 7 fry 6-9 months or so ago these fish are now 5-6cm. Ive not paid much attention to water parameters, they are likely to be a little hard and slightly alkaline as they have grown.There are 3 males and 4 females.What pH parameters are best for breeding.The other of this group I have bred(unimacs,patoti,pallifina compuncta)have not been fussy about condition but what about these guys???