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Re: Ap. Liniatus
Title: Ap. Liniatus
Good morning Jorge-Ernesto
Your situation with the baby brine shrimp probably reminds
a lot of us of "Murphy's law". If something can go wrong, it will.
I have never tried the powdered cooked chicken egg yolk
approach - although if you try it, make sure you do frequent water changes.
Having a bunch of small snails would also be useful. I would try Tetra's
livebearer fry food first. (The lineatus are big enough that the egglayer food -
good for lampeyes - might be too small.)
Another temporary measure, until you can get the baby
brine shrimp going again, would be to ease the baby lineatus into a planted,
well established tank, where you have removed the other fish. Or just put a
lot of plants into their tank so that they may browse the rotifers and other
microscopic life living on and around the plants. (Watch out for fishy
If you have some adult brine shrimp in a holding
container, they will sometimes have given birth to a certain number of
offspring. I have taken a portion of live brine
shrimp, purchased at a pet shop, out of the refrigerator and poured their water
through a net and into a jar underneath. That water was then poured through
a fine mesh sieve (or a brine shrimp net or a handkerchief or even a coffee
filter). The adults were then put back in their water (or fed to the adult
killies). The small number of baby brine shrimp in the sieve were rinsed and
fed. Because of debris with the baby shrimp, including a few small snails is a
You may also run your finger along the flake food dust
which gathers on the side of flake food containers. That may be
"Old-timers" in the literature (b.b.s. - before brine
shrimp) will often speak of using pond water for fry. Or they would take a very
fine meshed net and sweep it through a pond, sorting out the larger creatures
for other fishes. It is risky in that you do not know what is being swept up in
the net. Still, it might be a possibility.
A last thought - if you live in a part of the world where
it is still warm enough to have mosquitos laying eggs... Find some standing
water and look for what appears to be little slivers of charcoal scrapped by a
fingernail. The tiny piece of "charcoal" are mosquito egg rafts and will often
contain over 100 mosquito eggs which will hatch out into tiny, soft-bodied
creatures (actually much smaller than the baby artemia) which will soon hatch
out in the aquarium. They are relished by the lineatus.
Indeed in nature, mosquitos must be high on the priority
list for lineatus - a fish with a mouth ideally made for surface feeding and an
angled dorsal fin, so that the fish can hover right at the surface tension line.
In India, according to one source, they are used in the rice paddies for
mosquito control. Certainly they find their way into those waters.
That also indicates that, unlike many killies, lineatus
are comfortable at temperatures such as 80 degrees F or 27 degrees C and more.
However at the higher temperatures, their metabolism increases and they are even
By the way, is would take those mosquitos several days to
a week to grow up and emerge from the tank to threaten one's relationships with
others in the household, so you have time to observe the tank.
Good luck! Let us know how you made out!
All the best!
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 24, 2000 9:06
Subject: Apl.. lineatus
Unexpectedly I've lost my artemia culture and I have to feed my Apl..
lineatus fry, they are swimming since yesterday, chicken egg yolk can work for
a couple of days??
any help will be appreciated
- Ap. Liniatus
- From: "Jorge-Ernesto Colombo" <colomboj at nortelnetworks_com>