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Re: What killie would be good for me? Newbie here
> I already have a bunch of tanks I have no room for though! =P
Yep, he sounds like killie material! ;)
Welcome to the list Tony! Mike has given you some good advice when it comes
to low light plants. They can be found through out the killie hobby.
Coming from Southeastern Michigan, you are in a fine area for both aquarium
clubs (check out The Krib or www.fishlinkcentral.com for lists) and one of
the country's leading killie clubs. You have the Michigan Killifish
Association meeting in the Detroit area. If you go to the www.aka.org site,
in addition to all sorts of great information on killies, there is a section
on affiliated clubs at http://www.aka.org/AKA/Clubs/clubs.htm .
They list the e-mail of a contact person for the Michigan KA. Get a hold of
The MKA probably has monthly meetings. I don't know the details, but they
have a show coming up soon, usually in September (any of a bunch of neat
people, help!) You have access to some great killinuts both in the MKA and
in several of Michigan's general aquarium groups.
The killie shows are about the best source for killies, plants, food
cultures and paraphernalia. Best of all, there are resource people who love
to talk killies!
Those general clubs should be having fall auctions and sometimes shows. I'm
planning on running up for the SWAMAS auction.Their auctions are an
excellent source of plants. Many will have these events pretty soon and if
you will wait through the auctions, prices get even better towards the end.
Sometimes, the last hour sees stuff almost given away. ;)
You want to take advantage of Patrick's kind offer. See the e-mail, just
before your last posting.
A couple of decades ago, Detroit's Art Titus made a similar offer if I would
drive over. We did drive up I-94 (from Chicagoland) for an MKA meeting. It
was a wonderful experience. When I saw Art's fishroom, I thought I had died
and gone to heaven!
Of course the expense for the two free pairs of killies - including a
beautiful young pair of gardneri Nsukka - was gas, a blown alternator and a
surprise stop at a motel in central Michigan. These things happen.
It just so happened that that visit overlapped a third wedding anniversary
(something my bride continues to note from time to time). Talk about Newbie
mistakes! Certainly learned to coordinate killie and family activities. :)
In addition to Mike's plant suggestions, I would like to recommend water
sprite. It can grow planted in the gravel. However it also grows very well
as a floating plant. (Interestingly it's leaves will take a little different
shape floating.) It does need light, but if your fluorescent light is less
than 6 months old (they lose about have their strength in 6 months) and the
sprite is floating, it should be ok.
Fry love to hide in the leaves. Killies show better colors with plants
around. And if somebody gets a little bullied, they have hiding places.
I won an eclipse tank a couple of years ago. We are going to be setting it
up in my wife's classroom this week. I may be sending to you for advice. ;)
You should be able to find water sprite in your area, If not, e-mail me off
All the best!
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