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Re: a list of newbie questions
My best answers are below the questions. In brackets:
[[[[[ ]]]]]]]. Please post any questions you have here. Beginners are
welcomed by all. Even the most amazing experts started out new to this
stuff. Everybody around here is happy to help.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sherry Michael" <_smichael at excite_com>
To: "killie" <KillieTalk at aka_org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2000 10:25 AM
Subject: a list of newbie questions
> Hi killie nuts,
> Dumb question time:
[[[[[ No such thing! Helping each other is why we're all here.]]]]]
> 1) How do you tell if you female is ready to breed? The female AUS I'm
> trying to get ready is stuffed to the gills with food. :) How will I know
> when she's full of eggs and not worms and bbs?
[[[[[ I test them by pairing them with a male. If they produce eggs- she's
ready. Size is my best indicator. Is she over 1 1/2 - 2 inches? Try
> 2) I made a couple new mops and I noticed they were not colorfast after
> boiling. If I wash them until the color stops bleeding can I use them?
[[[[[ Probably safe, but who can say for sure? Yarn is cheap. Buy 100%
acrylic on sale someplace. Color doesn't matter. I use red because I like
red. I don't boil mops. It makes them too tangled to pick eggs easily. I
just toss them if they get cruddy. ]]]]]
> 3) I found a source of soft water. It's the same Ph as my tap. Can I just
> mix it in as a water change (like 1/4)? How frequently can I change it
> the hardness drops to my desired level without making the fish upset?
[[[[[ I know there are a whole lot of icthyalchemists here (Cool word I made
up, huh?), but I never worry about Ph, TDS, etc. I use tap water with the
chloramine removed. I change 25-75% weekly, depending on how many fish are
in the tank. I usually buy eggs so the fry hatch and grow up used to my
water. This seems to work fine for most species. Gardneri are hardy fish
and generally don't need such fancy chemistry. But I expect one of the
water chemistry experts around here can tell you the exact answer to your
> 4) Do you need to have a light on all the time to hatch shrimp? I don't
> leaving the light on when I'm not home and I can't see what difference it
> would make to the eggs.
[[[[[ No. Light apparently helps quicken the hatch, but is unnecessary. I
do not keep a light on mine. I have great success without it, and always
[[[[[ You're welcome. ]]]]]
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