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Changing water/ and or containers on eggs to prevent losses
I have found it necessary over the years to change the
water in egg containers
at least every other day. Daily is better if you have
the time to do it that often.
I have raised many thousands of killies over the last
25 years and one special
egg loss problem has appeared .
I have noticed a particular problem with A. australe
eggs at times. After I have
gotten to the point where there are only developing
eggs in a container, sometimes
I have lost many of the developing eggs. They just
died even though they were
mostly developed and many were eyed up. I finally
tracked the problem down to
the formation of a thin film or slime layer on the
bottom of the egg container.
It did not matter if I added acriflavine to the
containers with eyed eggs or not.
( I usually stop adding acriflavine to containers
that have developing eggs only).
Although this film was evident in all containers after
four or five days, only
the australe eggs seemed to be susceptible to it. I
countered this slime effect by
transferring all developing eggs to a clean (
previously dry also) container every
four days. My developing egg losses stopped
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