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Re: More questions about Nothos
cgraseck at ludl_com wrote...
>With all of this talk about Nothobranchius I've been browsing through the
>gallery to see what all the various types look like and I see that N.
>rachovii is listed as being" not a beginners fish." Well I've never kept
>any Nothobranchius species, so I guess that makes me a beginner. ( to
>Nothos anyway) What is so problematic about rachoviis and which of the
>Nothos is better suited for beginners.
From what I've read the main problem with N. rachovii is that it is a bit
unreliable with regard to incubation times etc and generally they're at
the longer end of the time spectrum. This may mean that the beginner
(to annuals) doesn't get a quick reward for their efforts and may not
even have the chance to find out what they were doing wrong if they end
up with no fry at the end of 6 or 8 months (or longer) of incubation.
Hand in hand with the long incubation seems to come a short lifespan,
although this is not always the case. Once again, however, it narrows
the 'window' in which you're likely to get fertile eggs to start with.
N. rachovii have been in the hobby a long time but have never been really
With something like N. guentheri, N. korthausae or N. foerschi there is much
more chance that you'll get heaps of eggs with only a 2 or 3 month incubation
to worry about (less time for things to go wrong). These species seem a bit
more 'bullet proof' too. N. korthausae have pretty small fry though, so I
wouldn't necessarily recommend them to the complete beginner either.
Personally, I'd go for N. foerschi as a first Notho, although I think that
N. guentheri was mine. The techniques learnt from those two species have
been applied, with varying successes, to an assortment of other species over
BTW: I have RAC eggs from my first attempt at spawning this species that I'm
waiting to hatch. Fingers crossed.
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