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Re: [Killietalk] Epiplatys duboisi
Did you ever try a back cross with wild or F1's to improve the blood line.
It sounds like this species is one of those prone to inbreeding problems.
Yes we tried that ............... pardon the regression but let me
tell you a story about the extremes that some killikeepers will go to in
order to maintain a strain of killies. A very good friend and Life member
of the AKA Doug Straker .......... has been keeping killies for a very
long time........... during the 70's he was maintaining E. duboisi ......
toward the 3rd or fourth generation he found that the fry were unable to
break out of the egg shell.
Being a machinist by trade he worked and crafted some very fine
pointed stainless steel needles, and yes he physically would break the
shell to allow the developing fry the opportunity to survive and feed. Now
that is some kind of effort, and still F4 was the best either of us could
do with these fish.
Having now found adults surviving and thriving in very acid water,
with very low conductivity, I am thinking that I should incubate the eggs
in my soup, peat, almod leave and oak extract...........
Tony in Rhode Island
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tony Terceira" <terceira at ride_ri.net>
To: "killifish discussion list" <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2003 8:23 AM
Subject: Re: [Killietalk] Epiplatys duboisi
Anthony C. Terceira, Consultant
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N. Scituate, RI 02857
(401) 647-3798 fax
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