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Re: should I go for it???
>----- Original Message -----
>From: Me <ccross at dowco_com>
>To: <killietalk at aka_org>
>Sent: Friday, March 26, 1999 3:03 PM
>Subject: should I go for it???
>I was kind of facinated at the replies to your question after the mail I saw
>when I gave a similar reply to a gentleman in singapore as to why the
>killies weren't typically seen comercially available I wrote that most
>killies layed a single egg at a time, not large spawns and were thus a hand
>to mouth kind of propagation. and referred to the typical isolation of types
>as well as the incompatability in most cases with community tank rearing. I
>then saw a flurry of mail that many hobbiests got "hundreds of eggs a week"
>and basically I was nuts.
>Looks like I'm not alone in the asylum.
Both points of view can be true. There are species of killies that lay 100s
of eggs a week. From certain Nothos, for example, I have collected over
1000 eggs in a 3-4 week spawn. I was able to count the eggs when I was
doing some experimenting with green sand as a method of collecting Notho
eggs. On the other hand, I havehad other Nothos that produced only a dozen
or so eggs a week. In part this might reflect species, strains, how many
generations in captivity, and individual pairs. The point is that killies
do not spawn a large batch of eggs that can be raised as a batch, this
making commercial husbandry more difficult.
I think it is difficult to make a profit raising killies, but you can sell
some to offset costs.
Barry Cooper, Chair email: bjc3 at cornell_edu
Department of Biomedical Sciences Voice: (607)253-3336
Section of Pathology FAX: (607)253-3317
College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853