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[Killietalk] Bellysliders from abroad [was RE: Expectations of shipped eggs]
I have recently had rather good hatches with minimal number of belly sliders from overseas eggs. Although I don't have enough data points to prove my case, I observed that repeated flooding and redrying gives much better results. Start about 2 months before the eggs are due and flood the eggs for 2 days, then give them a 5 day dry period. At some point they will hatch and you should have visibly less belly sliders.
It has worked for me on some species that in the past gave me 100% belly sliders, such as Austr luteoflammulatus.
If the eggs you receive are very advanced in their development, I guess there isn't room to try what I just described.
I only keep Austrolebias species, so extrapolating this may or may not hold . . . (and like I said, even for Austrolebias I don't have enough points, maybe 4 or 5 hatches).
wm_crash, the friendly hooligan
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> Another good seller is Pillet on Aquabid. Both times I have ordered from > him, I have gotten fry, although they have been belly-sliders, which to me > indicates a problem with handling by the airlines, post office, or both. But > obviously, there have been eggs in the peat, and packed well, as both times I have > ordered in the winter and got fry. I have decided to only order in spring > and fall from France (where Pillet is located.) Carolyn (in cold, rainy, snowy > Ohio)>
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