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I am in Texas, so I can't offer direct help, but maybe if you give us
some more information we all might be able to come up with some ideas to make
keeping and breeding annuals easier for you.
I am sure you know that dolichopterus is a tough fish to breed. It
requires small live food, 80F water, and the eggs need to be kept at 80F when
incubating. The fry are small too and need some green water before baby brine
shrimp. Dolichopterus is certainly a gorgeous fish and its easy to see why
you want to breed it, but don't judge your success on this fish -- it makes
us all frustrated.
What species have you been working with? How are you working with the
peat and the hatching? Have you tried just covering the bottom with peat and
siphoning it out -- is that possible for you to do? Or have you tried putting
the fish in a 2 gallon bowl with peat to breed and then taking them out after
a day? You can do this for a month -- 4 breedings -- and then store the peat.
How dry are you keeping your peat? What is your water like? What do you feed?
I hope someone comes through with some bellottii for you. I may be
getting some soon and if I do and get eggs I might have some in a few months.
Bellottii and nigripinnis might just be good species for you as they like it
cooler. Have you tried whitei or myersi? Simp. perperdicularis is very easy
to breed and very prolific.
There is a separate group online devoted to SAA's. Did Dave Wood give you
I rarely find eggs in peat and gave up years ago trying to find them.
Every once in a while one is just resting on top of the peat when I collect
and dry it before storage. How do you store your eggs?
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