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Re: Cyprinodon veronicae
Nonn Panitvong wrote:
> Hello all,
> I searched the achieve and the last tread on this fish dated back in 1998.
> Mostly the tread was about their status in the wild which is "Extinct". I'm
> getting 2 pairs of this fish. They should arrive tomorrow. Can anyone with
> experience on the Cyprinodon veronicae share your experience with me? What
> do you feed them? How do you breed them? Bottom mop? How long is the
> incubation period? Just about anything you know about this fish. I don't
> have any experience with pupfish before, hope you will help shed some light.
I have done several others, and they tend to be similar. They need a *lot*
of veggies in their diet, and lots of live foods to breed, too. Mosquito
larvae, blackworms, BBS, etc. Thawed frozen zucchini slices will be chewed
to nothing in a day or so. I throw all green filamentous algae from other
tanks in with my pupfish.
Rather than mops, I have done better with a big wad of pulled-loosely-apart
filter floss (polyester pillow stuffing from WalMart) for a spawning medium.
Let it rest on the bottom, and one dominant male will often "take
possession" and guard it. *NO* snails, catfish, etc. as they are all egg
Incubation is 10 days to 2 weeks for most species, I think. Replace floss
weekly. Check that the floss has eggs, and just move to a plastic shoebox
with a cut-down "Dirt-Magnet" sponge filter to keep good water motion. The
babies usually take bbs when hatched, but I try to be sure lots of Java moss
and green algae are present to harbor infusoria, too. Green water is good,
too, if you can grow some.
> I would assume that a species with this status should be a part of CITES,
> no? What is their status in captivity, right now? Since, they are all from
> "Nuevo Leon" region anyway. Can I, in the future, distribute my fish as
> Cyprinodon veronicae "Nuevo Leon"? I think it is easier for the person to
> do some reserch with the fish with the location code attached. Or will I
> creates confusion?
Most of the "extinct" Mexican pupfish are alive and well in German hobbyist
tanks, where they have learned a lot about keeping them. For more than my
brief comments, above, you should contact some of them.
AFAIK, none of the threatened or endangered pupfish species are actually on
the CITES list, at this time. Certainly none of our US species are. That
list is more geared to stopping mass commercial trade and some just fall
through the cracks as not involved.
I can't give you a good answer on the location question, for I don't know. I
never add a location unless positive about it. Less chance for serious
error, that way, I think.
Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 612-1467
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