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Re: A. watchertsi, Fishrooms & A. joergenscheeli
Before I start - please do write to ask for any A. joergenscheeli - I do not
have enough to pass around.
This is a very difficult fish for several reasons and my limited success is
very much limited.
First - Water conditions: The water must be kept cool - 68F is a good
temperature and I do find a few eggs at this temperature. My water is soft
and acid - 6.0 pH and 4-5 (40-50) degrees of hardness.
Setup: Actually I use a 10-gallon tank heavily planted with a real mix of
Water Sprite, Java Fern and Java Moss.
Oxygenation: I believe this to be extremely important. A. joergenscheeli
come from streams in Gabon where the water moves continuously over rocks and
would be highly oxygenated. Henri DeBruyn demonstrated a lava rock filter
system last year at the AKA Convention and it definitely boosts the O2. I
use my own modified version.
Pairs: This species is aggressive and the males will beat the female to a
pulp if she is not receptive. This is one reason for the dense foliage -
the second to hide the fry when they hatch in the tank and thirdly - the
additional O2 created by the plants.
Eggs: I did not initially believe picking eggs would result in no fry, but
I have never gotten one fry from the eggs I remove from the primary setup.
The fry I do have were all pulled from the parent breeding tank.
Like I said, I do not have any extras to pass on yet, so please do not email
me. While I am maintaining the species, it is by no means secure in my
fishroom at this time.
----- Original Message -----
From: "William Vannerson" <William_Vannerson at ama-assn_org>
> A. joergenscheeli are not impossible to get, just not easy to find and
very expensive when you do find them. You may have your best luck a one of
the upcoming affiliate club shows or at the national convention in Buffalo.
> The little I know of those experiencing success with them, they require a
big tank. A 29 gallon tank may not be big enough (honestly), more like a 55
gallon to start. They are very aggressive, almost cichlid -like is the
expression I've heard used. And the tank needs to be cool with lots of
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