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Re: Re:egg viability
Good Morning Michael,
You've done a number of good things. The list has added a lot more. You
are also wise in trying to breed your acquisitioms soon after you get them.
Let me add a couple small points, that while trite truths, maybe should
be included. (The epiphany of learning is sometimes accompanied by the
Keeping eggs in a covered container and preventing evaporation in the
summer is not particularly challenging, but a tightly covered holding
container can obstruct important air flow. I know that I have suffocated
eggs/fry in a vial when I knew they should be removed.
Sometimes a pair of killies, for no apparent reason (maybe they are just
being contrary), will not leave any viable eggs despite the best and
faithful efforts of the keeper. Most killie keepers can relate the story of
the pair, trio or group that were given the best care, food, water and
environment they could - nothing happened - the care evolved into "benign
neglect" and then one is surprised and delighted to discover, some
unexpected day, fry in the tank or a mop with dozens of developing eggs. You
can almost hear the killies snicker. (Ah schitzophrenia!)
My favorite case involved what I though would be the first gardneri
Nsukka (secured from Detroit's Art Titus) in the Chicago area. (If you
remember when Nsukka first came out, you are a golden oldie!) They came home
in August. I tried everything the CKA killie people could suggest - and
pretty much gave up with that sure fire easy beginner's fish. One winter
day, when everything else that had been breeding so well, took a break,
there had to be over 70 eyed up eggs in the mop of the no longer first in
the neighborhood gardneri Nsukka.
Patience is a virtue I would like to learn immediately. As you stay with
the killie craft, the hobby will cultivate it.
All the best,
>Bob Meyer wrote...
>Try lowering the water temperature 5 degrees. I I had infertility
problems with several Aphys till I lowered the >temperature. Many of my fish
are temporarily infertile above 75.
>Second store the eggs in clean water similar to the parents tank water.
Keep the eggs in a dark place. Try >adding a pinch of peat moss to the egg
storage container. I sometimes use acriflavine, but very diluted--I >touch
the top of the closed bottle to the water in the petri dish. Finally, you
didn't mention water parameters, >but I would suggest adding a little rain
water or RO water.
>>>> Michael Gray <megray1 at pop_uky.edu> 07/22/99 10:13AM >>>
>Can someone give me some pointers on hatching eggs? I have asked before
>but am still having problems. I have a pair of A. striatum "Liberville"
>and a pair of A. biv "Ijoube Ode" who did not read the contract for
>residency in my fish room carefully. Seriously I collect a good number of
>eggs but non hatch. I have tried peat incubation, acriflavin plus,
>moroxy&salt&meth blue, acriflavin plus and the precceding concoction, and
>nothing (ie leaving them with the parents). I have offered live foods,
>soft&acidic water, I am not sure what else to do. Help. Both species are
>beautiful fish and would hate to loose them (and I only have one pair of A
>biv. and two prs. A striatum). Thanks for any assistance.