Reproductive Biology

Eggs placed in the substrate during spawning go into diapause. When the temporary waters evaporate, the adults die off, but the eggs survive until they hatch in the next rainy season, within hours of being wetted. Aquarists simulate this environment by providing garden peat moss as the substrate, periodically collecting the peat and storing it away in an almost dry state at a temperature of about 70°F (20°C). When the peat is flooded after two to four months of storage, most of the eggs will hatch. If the eggs do not hatch, the peat can be dried again and flooded at a later date.

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