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My fish and the Peat
At 83F (30C) your guentheri eggs might develop quite quickly. Some of
the Notho guys who have experimented with high temperature storage might be
able to give you an idea of incubation times at that temperature.
Since you have them in a 40 gallon tank, why not try a larger bowl of
peat? Also, you could set up a 2 - 5 gallon tank, cover the bottom with peat
and every day or two place a different pair or trio in there to spawn. Then
collect the peat once a week. Be sure to give the females plenty of plant
cover to hide in case the male goes nuts on them.
Try to up the amount of daphnia in relation to the amount of tubifex
you feed. Overfeeding tubifex can make the fish fat and seems to cause
dropsey in some species. It is the best conditioning food, but feed it
lightly as a staple diet and watch out for signs of too much weight gain.
You could dry the peat outside, I guess, but with the small amount of
peat you use --- as compared to a big, deep, wet African pond -- the sun
could bake it dry in no time. I would just stay indoors and be patient.
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