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Re: Notho Collecting - feeding the fish in the field
Gordon, I wouldn't consider having someone feed my fish if I were to be gone
two weeks or less. I don't know what the limits are before the fish would
suffer irreversible consequences. Brad
From: Gordon Wilkinson <grwilky at netcomuk_co.uk>
To: killietalk at aka_org <killietalk at aka_org>
Date: Monday, December 14, 1998 3:13 AM
Subject: Notho Collecting - feeding the fish in the field
>Hello Brian Watters and other fish collectors,
>I have been reading some back issues of Killietalk and came across a post
>from Brian Watters. The subject was spawning in the field, which was an
>interesting subject in itself, but what caught my eye, was the reference
>made to the fish eating their eggs due to starvation in the bags.
>Quote "......at the end of a long day of collecting and travelling,
>which can end well after dark, there are other important tasks that have to
>be done (such as changing the water in large numbers of fish bags, meals to
>be eaten, etc). Furthermore, if one intends spawning Nothos in this way,
>then it must be done on the same day that the fish are collected. Many wild
>Notho females will spontaneously drop their eggs during their first couple
>of days in the bags and, without food, they tend not to fill with eggs
>again. I also suspect that even if they don't drop thier eggs, these are
>"absorbed" internally as the fish begins to starve........"
>Am I to understand that the fish are not fed in the field? Brian mentions
>trips of up to three weeks, but more normally two weeks.
>Like most people I take holidays for periods of one or two weeks at a time
>and being relatively new to the hobby, my next holiday, so as to speak,
>will be my first. I have been struggling to figure out some way to get food
>to my fish whilst I am away. I can't really ask a neighbour, can you
>imagine the instructions? - "Tap the bottom of the jar to keep the flies
>from getting out too quickly...., wipe your finger in the worms and dip it
>into the tank...., etc"
>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?