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New fish spawning.
Recently, I was lucky enough to get a pair, out of the new Cameroon
collection so nicely described in the latest JAKA, of *A. mirabile moense*.
The day after the meeting (Sun.) I had several new species to deal with, but
I took time to set them up with a temporary jug that had a mop, filter, Java
By Wed. I was horrified to find the female swimming inverted, that is, dead
as she could be. This was an irreplaceable species/collection (locally),
Pulling the mop and moss, I was delighted to find over 60 eggs. Those have
subsequently hatched and I now have a some babies so the species can
continue in my fishroom for a while. [Now, we also know what she died of.
The moral of the story, and one I wish to pass on to those not already doing
it, is that the shocks of shipping can create a breeding frenzy that should
not be missed. I now always try to set up new fish, or fish I'm holding for
the club or a show, so they *can* spawn if they want to.
It can provide you with local replacements if the pair gets sick or if one
kills the other. As USPS shipping is getting less safe, I urge all to be
sure to remember this small trick. Even if no eggs result, it is worth the
try. Once in a while, the payoff is great.
Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679 huntleyone at home dot com
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