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Re: Rivulus Hartii
> How long does it take for killie to be 4 inches? :) I am wondering when
> they are going to be ready to breed. I think they are a little bigger
> than an inch now.
4 inches is the max size according to Baensch (volume 2 or 3, I think), but
I have found that a lot of killies will start to breed when smaller than the
full size--pretty much as soon as you can tell the males from the females.
However, they may not produce fertile eggs right away. Give them time and
good food and they should breed for you.
> And 5 gallon tank is too small? hmmm .
I don't have any experience with adults (this is the first group I've had of
this species and I'm raising them from eggs), but Dave Price has had them
before, and he has said that they are fairly large and robust and will do
better in a bigger tank. Given that I've never known him to be wrong on a
fish related question, I'm inclined to believe him. But, that's his
experience in his husbandry system, and you may find that yours respond
differently. The bottom line is to find the system that works for you.
Have fun with them. Hope they do well for you.
> On Thursday, August 22, 2002, at 09:02 AM, Catherine Carney wrote:
> > Hi Michiko--
> > I have half a dozen or so that I'm growing out (and they grow like
> > weeds)
> > from eggs I bought at National. They get fairly big, around 4",
> > according to
> > my reference books, so a 5gallon may be too small. I plan on keeping
> > them in
> > 15 gallon tanks as I get breeding groups established.
> > I have found them to be quite tame (once they know where the food is
> > coming
> > from) but Rivulus are notorious jumpers, so keep the tank covered. Also,
> > they seem to be big eaters ( and eat anything that fits in their
> > mouths), so
> > feed them well (flake frozen, live).
> > Good luck with them.
> > Catherine
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