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Water changes & breeding A.congicum & other Aphyosemions
With respects to Bill and others, it just goes to show that
many ways to breed the same killies, depending on your situation.
Jon, it is true that A. congicum comes from streams with leaf
but the streams still have lots of water flow compared to our
Maintaining healthy tank conditions is very important. You can
have healthy tanks that have mulm in them if your biomass is low
and you have a good amount of thriving plants in the tank. In
case the lowering of the tank temperature may well have been the
The main thing is to not give up on a fish. I can tell many tales
succeeding with a killie on the first try. If my standard breeding
conditions do not work with a particular fish, I adjust one
at a time ( water, ph, temp, hardness, light , foods etc.) until I
successful or the fish expire from old age. Then I try to acquire
another pair ( or usually two) to try again. As you gain
your learning curve with new fish tends to get dramatically
until you can estimate from the start what conditions that a new
requires to breed sucessfully, most of the time.
The fact that the congicum that I have raised, stop laying
a water change is only an observation of how the fish that I have
respond to that particular change in conditions. I have run
this reaction to fresh water only in a few other fish. One
is Epiplatys lamottei. I never have much success with lamottei
I let their tank get grungy with debris, and their water old.
years I have heard the same tale about lamottei from other
so in most cases there must be something to it. But these
the exception, not the rule. Most killies respond favorably to
changes as long as the chemical makeup and temp. of the water
close to the water that they are currently in.
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