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Epiplatys sp. 'Lake Fwa'
Hello all and happy new year,
A few questions on this fish: Is it a known fact or conjecture at this
point that this fish is Ep. chevalieri nigricans 'Lake Fwa'? I read in
A.W.O.K. that the preceding species likes slightly acidic, soft water. IS
this what you all have experienced? Is this fish fond of darkness or plant
broken light or full light? A.W.O.K. says that this fish is known to have
filamentous algae in with its other stomach contents such as terrestrial
insects. Should I supplement its diet with spirulina, or is this algae
there just as a by product of chasing organisms into the algae and
swallowing it with the insect?
I have had this species since October and have been feeding them freeze
dried blood-worms. The pair are getting more rounded bodies now, as
compared to being rather thin when acquired, and have gained a 1/4 inch or
more. They are in a well-lit, fairly well planted tank with two short top
mops. They have produced three eggs recently, but the eggs were left in the
tank and not followed up on. They are in a ten gallon tank with a sponge
filter, cool temps (at present), a TDS, with the blue Hanna hand meter, of
317, and a pH of around 6.
What I am thinking about doing is adding some frogbit or duckweed to produce
a nice shading cover for the pair, and adding a piece of driftwood to soften
the water some. What do you all think?
Thanks for any help,
Allen "Boat" Boatman
TBAS, SKS, AKA 08298, SAA 96
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