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RE: Re: KillieTalk Digest V3 #676
I don't usually have much to input (killie newbie that I am)
but I've been keeping golden wonders (Aplocheilus lineatus) for
a while. I used to keep them in a community plant tank (40 gal)
with apistogrammas, cardinals and pencilfish as well as some
rivulins. They did well in the tank and spawned. Fry hatched
and managed to grow up with the adults and everyone else (the
tank was very thickly planted with lots of water lettuce).
Then one day I had to move the tank. I put all of the occupants
into a 20 gal. I turned around. I turned back. The golden wonders
ate everything in the tank.
Ok, I'm exaggerating. But they did pick off all 14 of my (full
grown and fat!) cardinals in the space of an hour. So my recommendation
is: keep them with fish that won't fit in their mouths. And cover
the tank top tightly.
As for water conditions, I think they're up for almost anything.
I used to breed them in pH 7.0, GH of about 6-8 degrees. I now
keep them with Malawi and Tanganyikan cichlids in a 100 gal.
My wonders are about 10-12 cm long. The water is pH 8.4 and extremely
hard (I add epsom salts, calcium and potassium). The killies
fight the cichlids for food. Sometimes I give them crickets,
earthworms and glass shrimp, but they are happy on a diet of
cichlid pellets and flake food.
They still spawn, but I haven't bothered trying to raise any
fry. I doubt they'd hatch in water that hard. But the fish are
fat and happy.
That's my experience so far.
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Heather Hasty <hasty at compuserve_com> Wrote on
Fri, 10 Nov 2000 08:57:56 -0500
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