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Re: fish food
A 300 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank would look much better, and comes with a
10 year warranty. 3 feet deep, round, 6 feet across.... You wouldn't even
have to get rid of the TV. I put one in the ground about 10 years ago.
Java moss, daphnia and Australes. Daphnia and bugs kept the fish happy. I
would put one in my basement, but I think my landlord is already worried
about the 40+ tanks. I've added 4 - 20 gallon tubs since they were in the
last time.... I'll have to see if they will sign a longer lease and let me
put in the stock tank if I up my insurance against water damage....
I would love to see a blue gularis leap out of the water after a dragonfly
or curious cat....
>From: "Scott Davis" <unclescott at prodigy_net>
>Reply-To: killietalk at aka_org
>To: <killietalk at aka_org>
>Subject: Re: fish food
>Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2001 08:36:09 -0500
> > Kind of interesting that many (over half) of the Aphyosemions I keep
>totally ignore their fry if only a single pair is present in the tank. A
>third or fourth fish, no fry survive. ...
>This is the population equilibrium thing. In nature or an aquarium if there
>are no alternative foods for adults one can expect that they may prey on
>fry. One wonders if there is not enough food for the adults if it makes
>*sense* to have more hungry mouths of a species around which will starve.
>Better to return the protein to the adults for later.
>Maybe you recall that old high school biology film where they put a pair of
>mice in a cage and feed them a set quantity of food and water. The
>population will expand until a certain point and then stop at a certain
>number. (The kids can get pretty grossed out at the mechanisms involved in
>the stopping of the increase.)
>When the food ration is increased, the population will increase to a
>point and level off again. Keeping the other variables the same, increasing
>the size of the living quarters will again cause a population spurt
>by another equilibrium.
>In an aquarium, if there are plenty of alternatives in a sparsely populated
>tank, the adults will virtually always go for the daphnia, worms or bs
>before going for their youngsters. Likewise I'll bet if fry are swimming in
>baby brine shrimp or newly hatched mosquito larvae, they will leave their
>smaller siblings alone (at least until the bs run out).
>The bigger tanks in a so called natural set up will often shelter and feed
>more killie fry. That works with a lot of other fishes (livebearers,
>anabandids, some rainbows, even king's tetras ...) too.
>Backyard tubs often are very productive because of the space and insects
>obligingly drop in. More food + more space + hiding places (and the
>growing on them, especially plants) = more surviving fry.
>Now if only I could make the living room water tight, flood it and raise
>All the best,
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