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Re: To water incubate or use peat, that is the question....
I am sure you will get plenty of input on hatching eggs that for some reason won't hatch on their own. I think most of us have experienced this at some time. My methods include draining off the water they weere incubated in if they are in a dye solution such as acriflavine or methylene blue and adding water from a established tank. Then I add a small amount of microworms to the container of eggs. Put on the lid and wait. Usually in a few hours I will see the eggs
beginning to hatch. Another method is to put the eggs in a small vial or jar and put on the cap or lid loosely. Then sink the container in a large tank or water holding drum. What this does is increase the pressure on the eggs and helps force hatch them. Remember the lid must be loose enough for the water pressure to enter the container, but not so loose that you lose your eggs. Just a couple of methods you can try.
John Falk wrote:
> Hi all,
> Many thanks to everyone for the reassurance about the killi tanks. Perhaps showcasing would be better if I don't have the room. I have tried the "upper crust" approach, advising friends that these are RARE West African fish that are not sold in stores. When they ask what I paid for them, I have to dance a little bit until I produce the confession that they are $12 per pair. I explain that shipping is extra, but they just go back and look at the cichlids.
> The showcase is a really good idea for my spectacular Blue Gularis' which are really elegant fish that show well.
> I must admit that I am having some difficulty in hatching FP eggs. I have tried the breeder approach, using damp peat moss. Then I tried water incubation using blue and yellow dies. Now I am trying Mr. Coleman's approach of throwing the spawning mop into a plastic container with some snails, then doing a 50% water change daily.
> If anyone has a "best practice" here, I am all ears. I know that time is of the essence, as these little fellows only produce eggs for a certain length of time.
> I have the following (please pardon spelling): P-82's, Gularis, Mirabilis, Nigerus, Misaso, Lineateus, Walkeri Albinos, Deltanese, Amieti, Australe Gold, N. Sukka, Mamfensis, and Walkeri and Walkeri Orange.
> The books I have read make this sound easy, but obviously something is missing.
> Sorry about revisiting the same issue in the NG, but these appears to be my great challenge. Step by step suggestions would most certainly be welcome off-line.
> Thanks to all,
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