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Re: Notho Collecting - feeding the fish in the field
Wright Huntley wrote:
> Gordon Wilkinson wrote:
> > I am curious to know how long the fish go without food, or alternatively,
> > how do you get food to your fish when you are away on holiday?
> Adult killies handle three weeks of starving with no obvious lingering
> effects. Babies don't do so well, particularly in that first week or
> I try to *not* have anyone in to feed, if I'm only gone for ten days to
> two weeks. I take babies in shoeboxes to friends for care, tho.
I agree with Wright about adult killies, although I keep Aphyosemion
which don't have the extremes of growth/decrepitude that Nothos etc
have. One observation I can add though is that during the summer, I had
to leave on an emergency basis. Thinking I was going for 3-4 days, I
threw handfuls of java moss and green thread algae into my 10 gallon
growout tanks, each of which had 15-20 fry. When I returned 3 weeks
later, the ex-fry were juveniles, just as robust as if I'd cared for
them (the ingrates!). They grew into healthy adults which are now
breeding. I see no developmental difference. Made me feel unimportant.