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Re: KillieTalk Digest V3 #834
With regard to your comments below on Oak Leaf Mold...
> I have recently come across a product called Oak Leaf
>I plan on using (experimenting with) this material
>with Nematolebias whitei and seeing how it works, Has
>anyone out there attempted to use this material and if
>so how well has it worked for you?
I successfully spawned both N. whitei and Aus. nigripinnis in an oak leaf
substrate - more or less by accident. I put a bunch of nigripinnis and
whitei fry outside in 28 gal rubbermaid plastic tubs last year
(June-Sept). I added oak leaves to each tub to form about a 2 inch thick
substrate. I also seeded the tubs with paramecium and daphnia, and noted
that there were usually mosquito larvae present. Then I basically ignored
them till falling temperatures prompted me to bring them inside. By the
end of summer the fish were big and beautiful, and there were lots of eggs
in the leaf litter at the bottom of the tubs, which by then included pine
needles, small sticks and a variety of other leaf types. I think the leaf
substrate is probably similar to what the fish encounter in the wild, and
don't see why it would not work as well in the fishroom as it did outdoors.
Keep up the good work, and keep us updated on your results!
Matt Hirvonen, 5801 Taft Street, Middleton WI 53562
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