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Peat for egg buriers Re: Spawning C. Nigripinnis -- Confused
A friend just turned me on to peat pellets, sold to put a seed in the center
and water for plant starters(try a local garden shop or the garden dept at a
big 5&dime like wall mart). These contain only nice peat- no lumber or sand
like in the bales. Remove the outer netting(if present) and put two pellets
in a cup of water and microwave till it boils. The peat will be saturated.
Collect the peat in a fine net or nylon stocking, squeeze the water out and
then put the peat in a quart Tupperware container (4"X4"x4") filled to the
rim with tank water and wait till morning. Put the container SLOWLY into
the tank and most of the peat will stay put(till the spawning starts). You
don't need holes in the Tupperware so when you (again slowly ) lift it out
of the tank, the peat will stay. Back to the nylon to squeeze and then dry
on newspaper. Best wishes
From: Ken Tompkins <ken at loki_stockton.edu>
To: KillieTalk at aka_org <KillieTalk at aka_org>
Date: Sunday, March 14, 1999 7:22 PM
Subject: Spawning C. Nigripinnis -- Confused
>I just got a pair of C. Nigripinnis and the female is, I think, gravid.
>While not new to killies -- I had a few 25 years ago -- I have just
>a tank in the last few days.
>I believe the pair is ready to spawn and in looking through beginner's
>found Steffen Hellner's idea of a container of peat INSIDE a small tank
>had merit. But when I tried it the peat poured out of the hole in the small
>container into the surrounding tank. Well, it seemed like a good idea <g>.
>The AKA Beginner's Guide mentions this container inside a tank method
>How, then, does one get the peat to stay inside the inner container?
>Or is the best way simply to put the pair into a much smaller tank -- say
>2 gallons -- with a peat substrate and let them spawn?
>Professor of Literature
>Richard Stockton College of NJ
>ktomkin at earthlink_net