Any idea why no minnow eggs in Aqauarium Homeslice

#1?  The minnow be living large, and tons of female minnows have been into the Rape Cave.  But no eggs.  Any idea why?  My bet would be because it is too warn - room temp, so 74 degrees, maybe more with the aquaculture lights.  Please, any suggestions from anyone with knoweldge of these things is much appreciated.  Including, but not limited to, RenatoCooper.

Breeding Minnows:

Dont they hide their eggs? Maybe get some of that fake grass to put in there.

People have told you many times to add stuff to the tank to make it look more like a natural habitat and not a class torture box.

You dont listen because you never do. 

The reason to add wood, sand, rocks, etc. Isnt just to make it look better. It's to make it seem more like the minnows natural habitat so they feel comfortable. Nobody want to get it on when they are in a wide open area with some giant creepy dude constantly checking in on them.

I have had many different types of fish breed in my aquarium over the years including some very finicky ones that are on the endangered species list.

Start by making it not a glass torture box.

Stop blowing your own loads into the tank... 

The minnows have read your posts, and don't want to bring offspring into such a horrible world 


My uncle used to (or maybe still does) breed fish. 

I know now that he had different tanks all over the place at his house. They were all set up with different temps, timed lights and other optimal water conditions for breeding whatever fish he kept in the tank. It was a lot of work and he had to do a lot of research and learning. 

He was convinced fish fish breeding would make him rich. I don’t think it did, and his whole house stunk like an aquarium. 

You have to separate the males and females for a week or so then put them back together and they will breed. Sometimes happens when you bring new fish of same species home from the fish store and they will breed with the new ones 

they saw your shoes/socks combo and their pussies dried up

Wow, I got some real help, thanks so much guys:

So, you guys that said that tank needs to be more natural &ndash; Rusty et. Al. - see the pic below.&nbsp; Yea, I didn&rsquo;t put a substrate on the bottom because I like the clean look (and to help keep it clean), but I&rsquo;ve got those red sippie cups (which watching youtube videos many people use as minnow spawn caves) that have lava rock and gravel in them.&nbsp; Then tons of those green moss ball things.&nbsp; Aquarium TrickleSlice v2.0 is also raining cryatal clear water down into the tank, simulating like a waterfall, and its huge intake filters are sucking in tons of water, hence providing a nice flow to the tank, simulating a stream that minnows often live in.&nbsp;</p>

So could not having a substrate really be what is causing them not to spawn?&nbsp;&nbsp; Just seems weird when in youtube videos they have them in some shitty plastic container with only red sippie cups and they are supposed to be spawning.&nbsp; If a lack of substrate might be the issue, should I do sand or gravel?&nbsp; I would prefer sand, as I can buy some pool filtration sand near me that is cheap and supposed to be very good at housing beneficial bacteria, including potentially anaerobic bacteria, which is what one needs to reduce nitrates naturally bacteria wise.&nbsp; Keep reading, however &ndash; the blow talks about BARE tanks for breeding fathead minnows!</p>


For you guys that told me you have to separate the males and females and then put them together and then they will breed &ndash; USDA Dick Pills et. al. &ndash; my first question is is this correct for fathead minnows?&nbsp; Below is the portion of the link that StrikingMMA linked &ndash; thanks a ton StrikingMMA &ndash; that talks about the fathead minnow species.&nbsp; It does not mention separating them.&nbsp; If I should be separating them, how do I tell the females from the males?&nbsp; And like separate them how exactly?&nbsp; Into how many separate things, what ratios, etc?&nbsp; The below mentions 1 mate to 4 females in a BARE (note, NO SUBSTRATE OR ANYTHING ELSE) 10 gallon aquarium.&nbsp; Aquarium HomeSlice #1 is 29 gallons, and I probably have about 15 minnows in there, so overall number of minnows is about right, but I have no idea how many are males versus females.&nbsp; But if there are too many males they just get should out right?&nbsp; The alpha males shags the females, and they spawn in his cave, not the caves of the beta males that are shut out correct?</div>

What is SO FUNNY is that the apparent alpha male in the group inhabits that cave right in front there, looking out at me.  He chases off certain fish that get to close (males one must assume), but then he hussles others in the back from time to time to (one must assume) mate with them.  Search “Rape cave” thread where I talk more about it.

But I shine my flashlight in the cave and there are never any eggs.  My thoughts:
1.&nbsp; Water maybe is too warm &ndash; its probably a good 75, 75 or 76 degrees, house is like 73 to 74, but then I have lights shinging down into it for the plants.&nbsp; Is that too hot?</div>
2. They only spawn a certain time of the year &ndash; spring maybe?&nbsp; If this is true nothing I could do would make them mate early I assume.</div>
Thanks so much guys for the help!&nbsp; Any further thoughts appreciated!</div>



From StrikingMMA’s link:

Egg Clusterers
Eggs are clustered in a single layer on the undersurface of a cave roof and guarded by the territorial male. Three genera of minnows are egg clusterers: Pimephales, and the closely related Codoma and Opsopoeodus.</div>

Pimephales contains fathead minnow species, all of which hybridize. Nuptial males have vertical black and white patterns that resemble shadow and light, which provides camouflage in caves. They also have nuptial tubercles on the snout and chin used to excite the females, and modified nape scales forming a cushionlike pad (hence the term fathead) used to brush the eggs on the roof of the nest.

The common fathead minnow (P. promelas) is hatchery-reared as a bait minnow. All fatheads live in small rocky creeks and rivers, in clear water over various bottoms but not among plants. These omnivores are prolific egg-clusterers, producing 40 to 400 eggs per spawn; a nest (usually the underside of a flat rock forming a cave) can sometimes contain up to 5,000 eggs. The male displays as the female nears, both bend into an S-shape, and a single egg is emitted during clasping, then swatted against the cave roof by the female’s tail, where it adheres. The male rubs the eggs with his snout and nape, protecting them from infection and predation.

Seine wild fish or purchase bait fish (tuffies) from bait-and-tackle shops or the domestic orange strain of feeder fish (ruby reds) from pet stores. A bare 10-gallon aquarium with a floss filter outside and sponge filter inside is suitable for one male and four females. You can use halves of 4-inch-diameter PVC pipe as spawning caves, but flat rocks (slate) work fine. Provide at least 16 hours of light. Most spawning is in the morning. Examine the cave every day, and incubate any egg clusters you find in a gallon jar with aeration. Fry are easily raised on Artemia nauplii and powdered flake food

so a bull dyke is keeping the wimmenz fish from straying to the other team and he wonders why no babies.

Is that cum on your table?

Referring to yourself or your possessions in the third person is extremely creepy


Your gayness rubbed off on them?

Let them get a taste peanut butter 


Homeslice -

You’re a disgusting fuck. Clean your apartment you dirty fuck!

Your tongue marks are all over the windows too...

JuicedBeast - 
Homeslice -

You’re a disgusting fuck. Clean your apartment you dirty fuck!

Your tongue marks are all over the windows too...

Shut up faggot.