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Re: NEW GUY ON THE BLOCK
Greg & Kathleen Simpson wrote:
> To one and all,
> I have just recently subcribed to killetalk and have joined the AKA (pending
> AKA member number). I have been a hobbyist for 30 years and have never
> tried killie fish. I have bred many fish in the past with tetras and
> cichlids being my favorite.
Welcome, Greg. You will find that most of us here also breed or have
bred other kinds of fish, too. I do wild Bettas and small anabatids,
small Rainbows, Blue-Eyes, and dwarf Cory species, but mostly killies.
> I am looking forward to receiving info on egg exchange from the AKA society
> as a new member and in reading advice from all of you. As a "newbe" I would
> or course like to hear suggestions on what killies to start with.
> Infrequentrly, I see them avail in pet shops... Speaking of Pet Shops, I
> work at and help manage a local pet shop here. I really enjoy fish and
> working at the store.
Trading drops to near zero this time of year, for many of us simply
refuse to ship in winter. The loss rate is just too high, usually. Safer
by April or May.
I think good starters include *Chromaphyosemions* (BIT and BIV) among
the plant spawners, and *Fundulopanchax* for the semi-annuals (mop or
peat works). Of the latter, *Fp. walkeri* Kutunze GH/2 is easy,
beautiful, and has been in the hobby for about 27-28 generations. Some
*Fp. gardneri* are also good starter fish.
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Other sources of killies include a mail list that you can find at:
Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679 huntley1 at home dot com
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