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Re: Fry loss-Easier way (assuming you dont have avid egg eaters)
I was told by a friend to try moving the mop to a "hatch " tank or gallon
jug after a few days spawn. I was having little luck seeing the eggs from
my A. bitaneattum. When I picked the ones I saw, a few days and they would
fungus. I let the mop alone for about a week and as I removed the mop, fry
of various sizes fled to the bottom of the tank. Based on this, I waited a
few days and placed a pint Tupperware container under the mop and gently
removed the mop and container. I then dunked the mop in and out of the
container and got 25 fry. I repeated after a couple of days and got another
dozen. It's easier than picking eggs, the eggs dont get damaged or "finger
contaminated" and the fry seem to do well in the mop, i.e., they are getting
food in the mop and growing. No bellysliders so far.
----- Original Message -----
From: Wright Huntley <huntley1 at home_com>
To: <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Monday, March 29, 1999 2:53 PM
Subject: Re: Fry loss
> Michael Gray wrote:
> > Help. I picked about twenty eggs of A. bit from java moss and placed in
> > pint plastic freezer container with a small amount of water from the
> > tank. The eggs were visibly at different stages of development and I
> > planned to sort them accordingly. Three eggs hatched almost immediately,
> > I feed them some vinegar eels and placed a few strands of moss in with
> > them. I was very exited because this is a new species for me. However
> > next morning all three were dead. They did not appear to be "belly
> > which I had seen with my Fp. gardneri . I would appreciate any advise
> > because more eggs are expected to hatch soon...I do not want to loose
> > anymore if I can help it.
> In my experience, the commonest reason for mysterious fry deaths is
> disease. Some plain (not free-flowing) salt, at about 1 Tablespoon per
> can usually suppress it completely. You need a microscope to see it on new
> babies, and have to know, even then, what you are looking for.
> I would transfer the eggs to new water, with as little of the old tank
> possible. Sometimes I tint the water pale green with equal parts
> methylene blue, as an antibacterial, changing most of the water daily
> tint is gone.
> Include a fair amount of Java moss, and add a drop of liquifry to create a
> "bloom" of infusoria. That will give them something to eat, immediately.
> water is great, too, if you have cultivated some. BIT babies can often
> vinegar eels, etc. from day one, but if the parents are young, and the
> extra small, smaller food is a huge help for avoiding starvation during
> first few days.
> Next time, you might want to leave the eggs in the Java moss, and move it
> fresh water in the hatching container. I often do better with BIT by
> lots of moss and letting the babies hatch in the breeding tank with the
> They don't seem very eager to eat them, so just suck the babies out with a
> baster, once in a while, and raise them in their own container.
> Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679 huntley1 at home dot com
> Libertarians prefer to do it free!
- Fry loss
- From: Michael Gray <megray1 at pop_uky.edu>
- Re: Fry loss
- From: Wright Huntley <huntley1 at home_com>