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Re: Small fry setup?
I'm sure we all do it differently, but here's my 2 cents. For a
really small spawn of half a dozen or less (and I get more of those than I'd
like), I use small kitchen storage containers. I like a small set-up
because it keeps the food closer to the fry so they find it easily and I
don't have to overfeed. But it should be broad and shallow to maximize
gaseous exchange. I use a baby dropper to remove decaying excess food.
This works for a few weeks. When those fry get too big for this, or if I
have a bigger spawn up to a couple of dozen, I use plastic shoe boxes. They
are also shallow. If you use the lids, they are even stackable, which saved
a lot of space in my old tiny apartment. Eventually, I graduate to 5 gallon
tanks, then 10's. To further save space I combine species that I know I
will have no trouble telling apart. For example, I currently have a tank
with Aph. australe Reds and Fund. gardneri N'Sukka, and another with Noth.
rachovii, Fund. gardneri Akampa, and Chrom. splendopleure. While there has
been some recent criticism of the practice, I find it eminently practical,
and have never had any trouble with fishy violence. I use frequent water
changes in set-ups too small to filter, sponge filters where they can fit
practically until the fry are 1/2 inch, and then switch to box filters with
floss and carbon. This is working quite successfully. Good luck to you.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sherry Michael" <_smichael at excite_com>
> Hi folks,
> I'm looking into the future, hopefully one with eggs and fry! What exactly
> should I start thinking about as far as a fry raising setup? Killies seem
> blessedly undemanding as far as space is concerned, but I have a small
> apartment that limits my space for larger tanks and such. I realize
> boxes work for liitle guys, but as they mature, how many tanks do you need
> for one pairs' spawn? Killies seem to break the rules as far as fish per
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