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[Killietalk] late night questions while contemplating unhatched peat
Just another couple of dumb questions that occurred to me while
watching some peat not hatch out any notho fry, and while I think I
know what happened to this batch of eggs (shipped in winter w/out heat
pack, got too cold), I am curious for future reference.
I put the peat in a small amount of water (about 1 1/2 inches deep),
stirred it around a bit, and let it settle. The peat ended up about
1/2 inch deep. Was that ok? Is there a depth of peat that is too deep
for the fry--that is, too thick a layer for them to get to the top of &
And if you're using microworms as first food for newly hatched fry,
should they be put in when the peat is wet, or after a few hours, or
the morning? Or be left in another container to which only newly
hatched fry are transferred, assuming you can see & catch them?
I was wondering about the balance between their ability to trigger
"forced" hatching of eggs, which might not be a good thing for routine
use, and yolk availability after hatching, and perhaps there's some
species dependence to consider too?
Diane Brown in St. Louis
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