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Re: beginner fish
On 22 Jul 99,, John Wubbolt wrote:
> I have to disagree with Tyrone on his remarks of stearing clear of
> Aphyosemions until one masters the easier stuff.
> What could be easier then raising Aphyosemion Ottogartneri Ogoense RPC
> 169. Here's a fish that lays tons of eggs and almost all hatch and the
> fry take bbs right away. Not very hard there. Same goes for Striatum
> LEC 93/29, A. Guignardi, A. Etzeli and A. Scheeli. These are alot
> easier to work with then Blue Gularis. Oh yes the Diapteron and Elberti
> strains are more difficult, but to say Aphyosemions are difficult just
> isn't so. I keep Aphyosemions for their ease and simple water
> requirements, no salt needed and no hard water needed.
Aphyosemions are easy - if you have the experiance. Reading the
messages that are posted on the list, the most are about some
Aph. that won't breed, hatch or survive. Most of these questions
come from experianced keepers, and often over common species
I have AUS. I started with 1 trio which were dead in one month (still
can't ID the disease). I got 5 fry from them. I know have one pr and
another 2 fry. I've had adivce on using mopps, natural setups etc...
In the end what worked? Extra TLC (more than give my nothos!)
and a layer of peat on the bottom of the tank which I will be
syphoning out today.
In the past I've also had GAR and STR. I lost both strains. Why?
Because I was told: "They easy." I didn't give them the same care
as my nothos and lost them.
Why I recommend SJO? Well, they are robust and can tolerate
abuse. While there may be problems in breeding, when thay do
breed they give loads of eggs, which increases the chances of
carrying them through to the next generation. Finally: 9/10
killikeepers have kept this fish. THere is no shortage of advisers.
In conclusion. Killies aren't hard to maintain. But compared to the
common fish they do require more effort.