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Re: [Killietalk] seeing eggs in peat
At 5:58 PM -0600 2/7/04, Diane Brown wrote:
I'm getting ready to try wetting some notho eggs again, and am just
wondering: what do you do to check for eyes-up when the eggs are
all mixed up in damp peat? I don't think there are a lot of eggs in
this batch of peat, so I think it will be quite hard to find eggs to
check without wetting it and spreading it around on a flat dish.
But if I can avoid that, I'd like to, because I think I lost the one
viable fry from the first wetting because it was handled too much
moving from dish to dish finally to tank.
I suspect that just wetting it all and seeing what happens is the
way to go this time, but I bet some of you smart killiefolk have
ways to make spot eggs in the peat for repeated checking without
wetting each time.
I prefer to move small clumps of peat across a sheet of news
paper. The paper does get a little damp as one looks for eggs.
Scattering small amounts of peat with the heal/palm of ones hand
creates a very thin layer of debris and the eggs are easier to see.
At one time I used one of those magnifying round fluorescent lamps
with a magnifying lens in the center. That worked out well for some
time but age has taken my eyes out of focus, I have found the 2X
reading glasses to be much better in aiding the search. White paper
works well also giving contrast to the peat/eggs and other debris.
Once you find a few eggs the optical character recognition kicks in &
they become easier to find. The silver eye rim looking back at you is
unforgettable. It is like finding a Morel mushroom in the leaves in
the woods. It is such a pleasant surprise it leaves a permanent
If you want to bring some by, we will look together.
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