Tateurndina ocellicauda – Peacock gudgeon
Peacock gudgeons can be recognised by their blue body with red pattern on top of the blue. You can also find this coloration on their fins. Besides this pattern their fins also have a yellow edge and they have a dark blue spot on their caudal fin. Tateurndina ocellicauda have a whitish belly and translucent pelvic fins.
You can’t see the difference between males and females by their colour. Male and female Tateurndina ocellicauda have the same stunning colouration. You can distinguish males by their enlarged forehead.
Tateurndina ocellicauda are very peaceful and can be kept together with other docile species. Males can be a bit aggressive towards other Tateurndina ocellicauda males so it is better to keep them as a pair or better yet in a harem with 1 male and several females.
Decorate your tank with lots of plants. You will have to create lots of hidings with wood or other materials. Give the Tateurndina ocellicauda some caves. You can create the caves with some pvc pipes, flowerpots or halved coconuts. They will use these caves to spawn.
Breeding Tateurndina ocellicauda – Peacock Gudgeon
Breeding Tateurndina ocellicauda isn’t very hard. As long as you give them the required water parameters and decorate the aquarium with sufficient plants, caves and hidings they will breed. You can prepare the parents for breeding by feeding them live foods.
They lay the eggs in a cave. After spawning, the male chases the female away. He will guard the eggs. Until the eggs hatch, the male won’t leave the nest. So if you can’t find the male for a couple of days, it is most likely they have spawned.
After 4 to 5 days the eggs hatch. The fry can be fed with newly hatched brine shrimp or fry powder food. The fry will grow fast as long as you do regular water changes and give them enough high quality food. After one month you can already tell males from females. After six month they are ready to spawn again and provide you with new offspring.