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[Killietalk] Re: insect food (was bloodworms, etc)
Years ago I got my ex into killies and I recommended that while she should try them in an aquarium, a kiddie pool would be good, too. A pair or two of Epiplatys chaperi Angona went into a pool, which had an overhanging black walnut tree for cover. The chaperi adults were unreal as far as color goes by the end of the summer, and they produced TONS of fry (none were removed and the larger fry kept the population of small fry in check. But there were always "slivers" around the edge of the pool). Halfway through the summer, I noticed that the tree was infested with lace bugs, and they were constantly falling into the pool. I suspect they were a large part of the pool's success.
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From: lehmann at jlab_org
Reply-To: killifish discussion list <killietalk at aka_org>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 19:53:20 -0400 (EDT)
> Hi Tony,
> In response to you questions (below)
> The BBS are live and freshly hatched,
> being brownish-orange and quite small.
> Most (70+) of my tanks are ten gallon
> tanks, with only a small amount of plant
> cover.(usually a few small floating
> plants). They all have a single Lustar
> large corner box filter with floss only,
> and most of the tanks have one breeding
> mop in them. Most of my tanks only have
> a small amount of peat moss on the bottom.
> (one jiffy seven pellet), some of which gets
> sucked out with every water change. No
> To give you an example, I have a styro box
> lined with a plastic bag where I had put some
> potted water plants to keep until I moved
> them outside to a cattle trough. There is
> one small batch of java moss in this container.
> The styro has about six or seven gallons of
> water in it.
> A few months ago I had an older pair of
> orange australe that needed a new home. I did
> not have any clean tanks ready, so I put the old
> pair in the styro as a temporary home. Well, as
> time passed I did not get around to putting
> them in a new tank. Unfortunately this old pair
> was pretty low on my priority list of fish that
> needed a new home. I fed them, but never saw
> a fry (and I really did not expect to see any,
> the styro home was just for temp maintenance.)
> So, a few weeks ago I changed to the new diet of
> frozen bloodworms and BBS. The old female australe
> plumped up, and soon I began seeing fry in the
> styro. Two nights ago I decided to remove the
> fry to a rearing tank. I caught 30 fry out of
> the nearly bare styro and I missed a few. Last
> night while feeding I saw at least four additional
> fry that I had missed the night before. There
> is not even a breeding mop in the styro. Just a
> very small amount of peat moss and debris on the
> bottom, as well as one plant pot in which the plant
> died while I was on vacation.
> On 7/18/2005 Monty Lehmann Wrote:
> "I have started using Hikari brand frozen
> bloodworms. They are smaller in size and
> are not stiff after beinng thawed.
> I blend BBS in with the bloodworms worms
> and feed this mixture to all of my tanks.
> As a result, I have loads of fry in many
> tanks where either there were none or very
> few before I started to feed this mixture."
>1. I assume the BBS are live, correct?
>2. What size are most of these tanks?
>3. What do you have in the tanks? mops only? plants?
>4. What filters do you use?
>Thanks and best regards Monty,
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