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Re: Water incubation of annuals (was Re: [Killietalk] i need some urgent information......... !!!)
At 12:53 PM 6/29/2004 -0700, you wrote:
I have a question or two for you or Brian W. or ????
Barry Cooper <bjc3 at centurytel_net> wrote:
And, yes, you do need to remove the peat and incubate it as
described. There are techniques to water incubate some Notho species,
but I do not recommend them. In nature the eggs undergo this partial
drying period as the temporary ponds in which the fish are found dry
up during the dry season.
I once had some *N. korthausae* surprise me by babies showing up in the
Ever since, I have wondered if anybody has kept any list of Nothos that
actually can be water incubated? My interest is academic-only, as I have
no intention of deliberately trying to raise Nothos without the proper
diapause. [It's easy enough to create a belly slider without tempting fate.]
I am not aware that anyone has done a systematic study or created such a
list. There are variations on the theme, with water incubation for a
period, followed by a short incubation in peat. Personally, I find the fact
that Nothos have an incubation period of months (or in a few cases, years)
to be a blessing. While one species in in storage in peat on a shelf, I can
be working with another species. Therefore, I've taken little interest in
the water incubation technique.
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