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In a message dated 4/5/99 10:42:23 AM, mek at sco_com writes:
<< A matter of much debate, ranging from dampness of incubated eggs, genetics,
temp the eggs were stored at, depth of water at hatching, nutritional
deficiencies in the parents, ... It's not restricted to annuals, either
(which doesn't mean peat dampness isn't an issue.) >>
Also thought to be a factor is when the eggs are hatched too soon or too
late. The optimum time may be as short as a week or so and who knows when
that might be? If you can find some eggs in the peat moss, they look ready to
swim when they are ready to hatch. The eyes are dark, the body is dark, the
heart is beating and the pectoral fins are moving (under a magnifying glass).
If just the eyes are dark, they may be close but no cigar. The hard part is
finding the eggs, especially the smaller eggs or the adhesive eggs.