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RE: [Killietalk] i need some urgent information......... !!!
Mark and RJ,
"Mark Pearlscott" <mark at pearlscott_com> wrote:
I've heard lots of people indicate that the sand ends up damaging the
eggs. Do you not find this to be the case? Is your sand very
'round-edged', versus 'rough-edged'? I've been playing with the idea of
trying sand as a spawning substrate, but it just feels too coarse. I
would love to have an easy way of separating eggs from substrate though,
and sand does seem perfect for that.
Mark Pearlscott, killifish addict.
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Sent: Friday, July 02, 2004 11:17 PM
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Subject: RE: [Killietalk] i need some urgent information......... !!!
I use black sand as a spawning substrate for nothos. I put it in a
dish and swirl out the eggs. I then move them into peat for storage.put
My water is not suitable for peat. It just is not hard enough. If I
peat into my tank the pH crashes in a week or two and so much for my
This is why I started working with sand. And I am more than satisfied
the results sometimes I collect hundreds of eggs depending on the
and time. I just swirl the sand and the eggs float out.
I found even Jersey Greensand was too harsh for many eggs, and had no
source of fine rounded sand (all our playground sand was harsh, sharp
silica). As a result I tried the tiny glass beads the state uses to make
road stripes reflective. Unfortunately my rare *Camp. brucei* decided
those clear little round things were eggs and I could feel the
hard-packed little bellies on the (expensive) carcasses. :-(
Most of us, even those in "distilled water" country like Hayward/Alameda
and SF have found it better to adjust the water hardness and buffering
and continue to use peat. I use Jiffy pellets, mostly, now. By the time
I boil one in the microwave (so it sinks easily), and rinse well under
the tap in a fishnet, it is no longer terribly chemically active,
anyway. [I ignore the pellet number, as that process completely removes
any added fertilizers or lime.]
Nothos often originally come from soft water, but in captivity I think
most find they are better off (less Velvet?) in a bit harder alkaline
water. In soft-water areas, adding a little Seachem "Equilibrium" can
bring GH up enough that a little baking soda can safely be added to
increase the KH (alkaline buffer).
Then well-boiled and rinsed peat will never cause a pH crash.
Just my US$0.02.
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