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RE: Aphyosemion australe (orange) or?
>Replace the trumpet and ramshorn snails, Giant Japanese Pond snails are far
>better and do not eat eggs as badly as trumpet snails. Nor are they as
>prolific as ramshorns.
No snails at all now. Some folks have suggested privately to me that ghost shrimp and/or amano shrimps could work, others thought they might become food. (and here, Amanos cost $4 each when they are available!)
>Make sure your hood is darn near air tight. Killies can get out of almost
I'm glad I went with the store hood not a home brew one. I can cut the plastic back to fit the heater and the rest fits the tank perfectly.
>Delete the bottom feeder, they almost all eat eggs.
>This fish is an ok starter, not nearly as easy as Gardneri, but they are
>about as common as killies get and you should be able to get them from your
I've not had luck with Boston area folks but I have already placed an order for a pair of Aphysemion Scheeli. (and I am still torn between that that the australe...) I should have them in a week or two, just watching the long range weather forecast now, it still gets cold here at night.
>If you are not ready to start breeding yet, you might not want to start with
>eggs. But remember that even the most common killi is still very rare as
>far as tropical fish go. Even easy killies are not actually easy fish. Like
>all small fish they are delicate and without breeding them it is not likely
>that you will keep them as long as you would like.
>From what I've read, the Scheeli are prolific and can do well in a planted tank so I don't have to do all "work" to breed them. Sure, the yields will be lower, but right now the work I hear of is really scaring me. It will be a 5 gallon species tank with tennis ball size (squeezed) of Riccia in it. I've open that up so it covers about 1/3 of the tank volume.
pZ -- Paul Cezanne (formerly Czarnecki)
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