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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V2 #597

> From: Cathy Maynard <mufasa at iinet_com>
> Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 20:05:07 -0800
> Subject: Safe way to prevent fungus on eggs?
> Now we are wondering if we can treat the breeding tank with anything that
> will prevent fungus and yet not harm our plants which are flourishing.
> Should we?  Any input would be very welcome.

Since your wish is to "go natural", you might try skipping the common
of dosing the eggs with methylene blue or some such fungicide.
eggs often turn white with fungus; fertile ones seem resistant. 

Unless you are very careful, you will be introducing salt and unhatched 
artemia eggs into your tank when you feed the fry (3-4 times a day, for 
a month). If you have a hydra lurking in the plants, this feeding will
produce a hydra population explosion. There is the potential for a mess.

If you really want to raise some fry, use a bare nursery tank. There
you can overfeed and then clean up; you can monitor the situation and 
change water frequently (I use water from the parent tank, not
the fry to 'raw' water). If you do succeed in your aesthetic project, 
probably only a few fry will survive. BTW, plecos eat eggs and fry.

Cliff Lundberg
San Francisco