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Re: Bad Summer
Those of us living from the warmer climates will have to disagree about an
80 degree temperature being the primary cause of a fish kill. True, higher
temperature water holds less dissolved oxygen. True, many killies come from
habitats where the water temperature averages around 72 degrees. However I
have routinely kept killies through summer temperatures in the low 80's and
many are their most productive at these higher temperatures. A recent
speaker (a commercial breeder) stated that he had much better success
breeding killies at these temperatures.
The fish kill was more likely caused by a change in water chemistry.
Overcrowding, decaying plants and overfeeding contribute to this. Water
changes will help reduce and/or eliminate the problem.
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