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Re: Cyprinodon veronicae
In a message dated 11/28/00 5:33:13 PM Pacific Standard Time,
npanitvong at hotmail_com writes:
Can anyone with
experience on the Cyprinodon veronicae share your experience with me?
I have worked with this species and the other related species from that
region. veronicae can be brutal towards each other! If you are going to
keep them together, use a large tank, 40 gal if you can afford the space. I
have found that if you raise them together in a group and don't disturb the
group, they usually won't kill each other, but bag them up and then
reintroduce them into a tank and watch out!!! If you only have smaller
tanks available, use a 10 gal. minimum, keep them seperate, feed the females
spirulina flake and baby brine (adult brine shrimp is fine, if you have
access). I wouldn't suggest frequent feedings of worms as their main food in
the wild (back when they actually had a wild) is algae and insects.
Periodically, when you have time to monitor the fish, introduce the male to
the female's tank with both floating mops and sunken mops, for cover. I
find the eggs !
usually are laid right at the very top of the floating mops.
Please monitor the pair and I have seen many fatalities. The other general
rules for pupfish would be hard water, temperature above 80 F for spawning
and water incubate the eggs. They will hatch in about 7 to 14 days and will
take baby brine a couple of days after hatching. They will not eat until
readily free swiming, just watch them. Soon you will see orange bellies
cruising around in the hatching container. I don't find them very sensitive
to water changes, in fact I start them in small plastic container and give
them large water changes (75%+) daily using aged tap water. The most
important thing is to watch the aggression. Good luck and when you have a
number of juveniles, let me know as I am always interested in pupfish. Russ