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Re: Aphyosemion hera
You're having more luck with that strain that I ever did! But the 1-2
ARK 96s that I have have steadily produced eggs and fry. Go figure.
What I was looking for, however, was some background information on this
species. Thanks to the good people on this list I now have several resources
to use, which helps me enormously.
The eiseni which you sent me earlier this eyar are doing very well. I've
got them outside on the patio in a 30 gal which gets afternoon sun and grows
LOTS of algae. They're growing like weeds, several of the females are now
carrying fry (or showing full bellies and dark gravid spots) and two young
males are courting them like crazy and showing rainbow colors in the
caudals. Very pretty fish when the sun hits them. The platies that are
sharing that tank are doing great, too.
Also have a couple of tanks full of young half black guppies from the
batch you sent Cathy/me; lovely, husky fish. Don't think I've lost a single
fry they've dropped.
More work to do and water changes, so bye for now -
----- Original Message -----
From: "Allen N Sandra" <a.boatman at verizon_net>
To: <KillieTalk at aka_org>
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2001 2:55 PM
Subject: Re: Aphyosemion hera
> I have been raising A. hera TDK 97/30 since Last September (2000)
> I raise them in tanic water with a pH of about 6.6 and TDS of about
> The fish room ranges from 75 to 78 degrees and I get good eggs production.
> I also had good egg production down into the low 70's but they seem to
> tolerate upper seventies fairly well as long as you give them something to
> hide in while breeding. They breed better in a trio or that has been my
> experience anyway. I feed the adults BBS and frozen/thawed red worms.
> also do better in aged water. They like bottom and top mops, but whatever
> they can find to hide in does them well. They are skittish fish. You
> not truly enjoy and appreciate their color and mood changes until you grow
> out your fry as adults. I raise the fry in a ten as they produce well.
> ten contains just hard water, a hydro-1 sponge filter, and lots of rams
> snails. The fry grow out a bit slower than most Aphyos, but it is well
> worth it. The female will look like she is going to be a male at first
> then her ventral surface up to the lateral line will become apple juice to
> lemon yellow, and she will maintain the horizontal stripe from nose to the
> back edge of the caudal fin. The male will become absolutely beautiful
> will change color expressions depending on what he wants to communicate,
> much like Haplachromines. These are much more beautiful fish than I had
> thought they were at first. If you want to see pictures of mien goto:
> http://www.geocities.com/allenboatman2000/Killiespecies.html and wait for
> the pictures to load, I think you might find the pictures worth it (though
> they are by no means perfect.)
> IF you need anymore information then contact me offline at
> allensandra at boatmans_com or just post to the list and I'll try to wade
> through and find it.
> Allen "Boat" Boatman
> Tampa, FL
> AKA,TBAS, SKS
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