15 liters Peacock Gudgeon tank

Through building and maintaining beautiful nature aquaria people re-learn the intricate connections between forms of life, plants, fish, microorganism and humans. Riches and beauty come from harmony, from balance. Aquaria are great teachers of this truth. Takashi Amano


today I noticed free swimming fry !!! It is impossible taking a good photo, since they hide as soon as you approach the tank. I am not sure what to do really? I might get some liquifry food.


Are those larvae or what? :-)

I decided today to remove all my Peacock Gudgeons to my new 180 liters and while I was catching them I realised that one male is missing. As a matter of fact he was missing for a last few days. Each time I was feeding them I couldn't see the second male... And because of my busy schedule I didn't have time to look around all that overgrown Java Moss. So I started taking out everything; plants and stones. And there he was trying to hide under one stone all the time. Actually it was impossible to chase him away from that stone. I lifted the stone and there they were...small Tateurndina ocellicauda larvae, all with eyes. I left the stone inside the tank and will leave it on it's own device. I discovered as well 3 Red Cherry Shrimps. At the beginning I added 2 egg carrying females, one jumped out and the other I believed, was eaten by the Gudgeons...but apparently the small baby shrimps survived in this 15 Liter aquarium.
Click on the image to enlarge it please. Photo by Dusko Bojic.


Peacock Gudgeon - Tateurndina ocellicauda

I started this 15 liters acrylic aquarium suddenly(will get a bigger tank soon). I received some very interesting fish last week (9th Jan 2007) at the ZooShop I work at, and I couldn't resist not to get some for my self. This beautifully colored fish is known as the Peacock Gudgeon aka Eye-spot Sleeper (Tateurndina ocellicauda).
They are still juveniles, so this tank will do for a short while. I keep 2 males and 3 females. The tank is filtered with a corner filter driven by an air pump. I planted it with some Java Moss, Java Fern (young shots) and Cabomba. I added lots of withered Oak leaves. I feed the Gudgeons once a day with frozen artemia, which they devour. They will refuse commercial flake/granules food. I found out that white mosquito larvae is also on their favorite menu. I will try to breed them soon. Since they are cave spawners I introduced a little commercially available cave. I will follow this article as a guideline.

Photo 1; Male
Males have large hump-head and lots more of blue color + they grow to about 7cm.

Photo 2; Female
Females have much smaller heads, less blue, yellow stomachs and black lines at the edges of there fins+ they grow to about 6cm. Honorable mention; The same day I got my self this gorgeous looking Dragon PLAKAT Betta. He was together in the same tank with the Gudgeons, for a week. I didn't notice any aggression inside the aquarium. Yesterday morning I found him dead on the floor. He jumped out :-( I seem not to have luck with Bettas.
Photos by Dusko Bojic.