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[Killietalk] Bellysliders, to breed or not to breed? Terranatos dolichopterus 'V96/7'
There were previous discussions both here and at AKA's forum regarding
belly sliders, and most have concluded that this phenomena is caused by
hatching conditions and/or premature wetting.
Never once, IIRC, was it a genetic fault or inbreeding.
I was incubating eggs of *Terranatos dolichopterus* 'V96/7' and when I
noted a good number of eyed-up eggs, I wetted it... even when it was
3weeks earlier than the stated minimum wet-date. I regretted that move
and no hatchlings either. Bagged it up again and waited.
It was an experience to remember, which I've logged it at;
When the full 4-month incubation period was due on Jan 20th 2004, I
wetted the peat and received 4 hatchlings.
To date, 3 fry survived... but they're all 1.5cm belly sliders and
subsequent wetting at 2-week intervals have not yielded any fry! :o(
The *Terranatos dolichopterus* is a beautiful fish with remarkable
finnage, and it is not established locally. I do wish to distribute it
to other hobbyists, so please be patient with my doubts.
My most important question would be... do I go ahead and attempt
breeding DOL when they mature, knowing that they're belly sliders? I
don't know what's the concensus amongst killie folks but culling seems
You can frown at me for even considering the idea... but they're all I
have for now to work on.
Related questions would be; how long does it take for DOL to be sexually
I have another bag of DOL eggs that's due for wetting on Feb 28th, but
that's besides the issue (I can only cross my fingers for better hatch
Any suggestions gladly welcomed and all feedbacks are most appreciated.
Singapore... where the downpour has stopped and it's getting hot!
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