I have had a small group of four Rohani barbs for about 5 years. They have been living in my 150-gallon display tank in my living room for quite a while. I have always intended to try to induce them to spawn and raise some fry, and now that time has come. There were two challenges to overcome.
- Space requirements – These are not small barbs! The males are over 4″, and they use the entire 150-gallon tank chasing each other and displaying for the females. I think that they could get by spawning in a 75-gallon, but I do not have an open tank that big to move them to. So I had to figure out a way to collect eggs from them in the 150 they are in.
- No information – Everyone I asked about spawning this species told me that it has not been done. I do not believe that to be true, but there is certainly no information about raising the fry. The process to hatch the eggs and rear the fry will be trial and error until the requirements are figured out.
The first video will show the spawning, egg collection and first attempt at hatching. Enjoy…