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[Killietalk] Re: Raising Killifish Fry in Pond
There was a breeder in Indiana who has now passed away. That was very
gifted with the Austrolebias in ponds, attaining as many as a thousand fry
in a single hatch. His methods were a little odd but hey it worked a heck
of a lot better than Mine, one thing the guy did was feed DOG food to his
killies. Hey to each their own I suppose.
I found that the fry raised outdoors grew faster larger and more
colorful, It is limited to what kind of conditions you face. I live in
Iowa and everything tropical must be in by mid September. I do not usually
put them out until early May either. I actually threw a dozen male
Gnatholebias zonatus in the 1200 gallon pond to control mosquito larvae to
great success WOW they were the best looking Zonatus I had ever seen, Note
they only lived a month or so after returning to warmer conditions and died
of old age.
Every year I put aplocheilus lineatus and fundulus notatus out to control
mosquitos. Depending on preditory insect larvae and frog concentrations I
will bring in 20 - 30 times as many fish in the fall.
I would not try a prized fish outside but a few extras would not be bad to
start and see how it works for you. If you try Rivulus the entire pond will
have to be well covered with screen, otherwise there will be No Rivulus left
IMPORTANT fact aclimate your fish slowly back to indoor conditions as you
would be surprised at the TDS level in a small pond after only one year.
Not to mention the temperature gradients.
God bLess, Lee van Hyfte
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