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[Killietalk] Re: Killietalk Digest, Vol 10, Issue 16
Date: Wed, 05 May 2004 07:45:18 -0700
From: Wright Huntley <whuntley at verizon_net>
Subject: Re: J. floridae (was [Killietalk] Conditioning breeders)
To: killifish discussion list <killietalk at aka_org>
Subsequent to that article, I have bred a number of different pupfish,I have had a pair of the flagfish in two of my 29G heavily planted
tanks, and while the pair would hang out together, I never saw them
make any spawning motions and certainly never saw any eggs. I figured
there were too many egg-predators in there for them to have a chance
(MTS, shrimp, cichlids, cories, other killies) so wanted to pull them
out and give them a chance in a quieter environment. To avoid the MTS,
I put them first in a 3G tank with lots and lots of java moss (thinking
they'd lay eggs in the moss, and I'd pull that out to put in another
tank for raising fry), and fed a variety of foods including lots of
spirulina flake and herbivore pellets, but they didn't do anything, and
no eggs or fry were seen in the java moss.
and found that the most effective spawning material was a sunken wad of
filter floss that a male usually "adopted" as his own and flashed the
girls to get them to wallow with him in it. In a big tank, the other
males gave him room, but he was eager to have any females join him in
his "pillow." Amazing how easy it is to see and pick amber eggs from
white polyester pillow-stuffing (aka filter floss at 1/10 the price).
Then I read the spawning articles again and decided to give them a
gravel substrate to try to see if they'd like that, but they aren't
having any of that either.
This weekend the fish I got at the MASI auction will be done with
quarantine and can be moved from the q-tank, so I can try giving the
flagfish their own 3G honeymoon tank with gravel, plants, and some
filter floss.....and a slightly higher temperature.
And maybe a little romantic music?
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