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Re: Epi grahami?
...However, it may be that they aren't laying in the
> mops, so I'm not seeing them. I only feed them once a day mostly, though,
> so that might be it too. I'll give them some Java moss and see where is
> goes from there. The male isn't anywhere close to 3" yet, more like 2.
> the way, I'm very enamored of these guys. Thanks!
I probably flog this idea too much Doug, but sometimes, if one is lucky
enough to have a reliable supply of clean black worms, a few can be squirted
into a clean. soapless, pickle jar. While that does crowd your 3 gallon
tank, it gives the killies something to munch upon while so many of us go
about our too busy lives.
Feed them something else first. Then leave them with maybe a day's worth of
the blackworms. The female will have more eggs, both adults will be less
likely to eat fry since the worms will rank higher on their menu than fry.
Blackworms may keep the adults full enough to not be as aggressive as they
might otherwise be. (Of course Wright or Charles will now chime in that
feeding rich foods such as them will necessitate a few more water changes.)
Blackworms seem to be able to climb everything except glass - so they are
less likely to get into the mops or gravel. Sometimes males will hang out
around a jar, giving pressed females a little more space. I even had a hard
pressed female Rivulus amphoreus regularly shelter in the empty worm jar
because the male couldn't get at her.
I would get even fewer fry around the tanks than I do if it were not for
those worm jars.
The only draw back to them is the danger of too many worms crowding
themselves in warm weather and dying. So feed a little sparingly.
Heavily salted water is fatal to those worms too. So worm jars (bowls for
the bigger Fundulopanchax, Fundulus and Rivulus) and salted water don't mix.
All the best!
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