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Exotic Interspecies Cross-Breeding?
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From: John Falk
To: killietalk at aka_org
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2002 5:59 PM
Subject: Exotic Interspecies Cross-Breeding?
We all know that is that is a bad, bad thing. Something we all wish to avoid.
However, as a newbie (many of you may recall my previous panic messages) I have separated all of my killies into separate tanks. The problem is that the Fundulopanchax's have their own luxurious 10 gallon tanks, while the Nothobranchius's are stuck in 2.5 gallon tanks. No one is complaining, but I have seen wistful looks in some of their eyes.
Question: Is it possible to combine different species in the same tank until the females become gravid? Or God forbid, can they cross-breed? Ten gallons seems like plenty of capacity for 4 small fish. It is too much for 2.
Also, for those of us who are handicraft challenged, is there a supply house that sells such exotica as spawning mops? If I start with a skein of yarn and a book, I will be tangled-up in it worse than Siamese cat.
Finally, I purchased some eggs, but have absolutely no way to identify them in the peat moss in which they arrived. Is there an easy solution to this? For Nothos eggs that require periodic "flooding" is there an efficient way to accomplish this (ie. a kit). As you can tell, I am not one particularly adept at improvising. At the first go, I was scraping peat matter from paper towels. I still don't know where the eggs are.
P.S. The gardneri albinos and deltanese are making good pets. The other fish are coming around, but still aren't as active as these clowns. It appears all these fish have very different personalities.
P.S.S. If anyone knows of a good source for very colorful semi-annuals right now, please advise. (Yes I am aware of the egg listings, so if anyone has ONLY this advice they may contact me off line. Some of the other info may be useful for newbies.
Many thanks in advance,
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