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Re: muture breeding age?
MotomanBarton at aol_com wrote:
> What is the best way to get the most eggs to hatch, do i just take the eggs
> out and put them in a different tank so they don't get eaten? or do i let
> them sit a while in damp peat or cotton? They are not annuals.
I'd love a whack at answering this, but it is so species-dependent that
I'm at a bit of a loss. Find what species you are working with for more
Many semi-annuals, like Fp. do better on damp peat, and most Aphyos are
better off in shallow water. Some like Epi annulatus don't take well to
handling the eggs, so they do better in a "natural" tank that is heavily
planted and has some fibrous peat or shredded redwood on the bottom. Pull
the babies ASAP so they don't eat their younger siblings.
I do most fish a lot like John just suggested. One difference is that I
try to get a sprig of Java moss into their shallow container well before
they hatch. That seems to both clean the water (infusoria filter-feed on
free-swimming bacteria) and gives the new babies immediate tiny food when
they are ready for it.
Some species, like most Lampeyes, need a lot of oxygen to develop. A
stream of bubbles or some other means of stirring the water may be needed
for best results.
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