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Re: Long time maintenance
Martin Ravn Tversted wrote:
> Hi all,
> now and then someone mention that he has maintained the same fish for 10 - 15 years or even longer.
> That always impress me. Both that one appearetly is that fond about this particular fish, but also the fish it self impresses
> me. This fish must really be something!
> What I would like is :
> a generel diskussion about what species people has kept for a long time?
Let's start with the *Fundulopanchax walkeri* GH 74/2 Kutunze.
> how long?
Maybe seven years or more? I forget.
> and what you think is the reason for why you or others have kept it that long?
I liked *Fp.* anyway, so Roger Langton had little trouble twisting my arm
into accepting three pairs. He was Fp. coordinator for the Killifish
Conservation Committee, and explained that they were a "core species" for
protection and that I should form a breeder group to share and exchange
stock, which I did (more than once).
Initially, it was the need to keep them going, but they have some pretty
They were selected because they were easy to breed, beautiful, and extinct
in their initial collection location -- paved over for a market, I'm told.
That's the kind of fish the hobby used to lose before KCC and a bit of
organization. [Everyone quits on them at the same time.]
These are easy-to-like fish, as they are outgoing and always eager to greet
you when you keep the tanks in a high-traffic location. They get along
better together than the average killy, so are easy to gang spawn to keep up
diversity. They spawn however you want them to -- bottom mops or hanging, or
in a peat or sand substrate. The eggs can water gestate but do better with a
longer period on damp peat, so all hatch at the same time. The babies are
big and take bbs right away. They learn to like high-grade flake food, too.
Doug Karpa-Wilson now coordinates the WAL breeders for KCC, but I plan to
keep some as just really nice fish to have.
Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679 huntley1 at home_com
In retrospect it becomes clear that hindsight is definitely overrated.
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