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Re: A.gardneri fry
>Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 10:04:41 -0500 (SAT)
>From: Sebastian Vieira <svieira at janua_upb.edu.co>
>Subject: A.gardneri fry..
>Hi, as i said in a past message I am really new with killies.
>Now i finally got some eggs of A.gardneri 'makurdi' and the fry is 7 days
>old, eating and growing very well but there is still something that
>I have heard lots of time the term "belly sliders" but really does not
>know what it is. My fry rests most of the time on the bottom of the tank
>but when they are eating not "sleeping" they can swim near the bottom or
>mid water, and rarely near the surface. What i want to know is if this is
>a normal behavior or if they are what you call "belly sliders".
> Sebastian Vieira Uribe
> ICQ UIN 1227660
> svieira at janua_upb.edu.co
Belly sliders, which can be a problem with Nothobranchius, lack proper swim
bladder function. They have great trouble getting off the bottom of the
tank. You would notice them make a big effort to swim to mid-water, then
they would sink to the bottom when they stop actively swimming. If you fry
appear to be swimming normally, you probably don't have belly sliders.
Barry Cooper, Chair email: bjc3 at cornell_edu
Department of Pathology Voice: (607)253-3336
College of Veterinary Medicine FAX: (607)253-3317
Ithaca, NY 14853