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Re: A. striatum
Michael Schelp wrote:
> I have a question about the striatum's as well. I have some Cape
> Esterias and have had a few successful spawns from them. However, for
> the last two months, I have not been able to get any fertile eggs.
> EVERY egg goes bad in a few hours. Turns white OR, and this is
> bizarre, they are pink! I thought it was the food I was feeding, but
> I'm not sure. Whatever, there are no viable eggs being laid, even
> though I know the pair was fertile. Any clues???
The questions I ask when confronting that situation are:
1. Are the parents still healthy? A little parasite or other disease can
cut fertility pretty fast. Look very closely for symptoms.
2. Am I giving them the water they need? That means both chemistry and
pollution must be under control. More changes? Has the basic water changed?
3. Are we fighting a natural cycle? Some fish (but usually not equatorial
species, like striatum) need a cold spell or other change to trigger
I bombed out with some BIVs because my water was just too cool. OTOH, I
have always had trouble keeping it cool enough for Diapterons.
4. Am I missing a trace element in their diet? Would a change to new live
foods trigger a response? Start the fruit flies again, and get the
Don't you just hate it when someone answers a simple question with a whole
barrage of new ones? :-)
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