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Re: NFC: blue fin killies

Its quite common for blue fin killies to die after
they are removed from their environment in the wild
and placed in the unnatural setting of our aquariums. 
They seem to be susceptible to pathogens they either
carry with them that do not manifest themselves in the
wild or to pathogens we commonly find in our
aquariums.  I have heard your experience many times in
the last 30 years and I have experienced it myself on
several ocassions.  My preferred method of obtaining
stock that lives is to obtain eggs.  Fish that hatch
out in my water and are raised in my water do not have
the sensitivity of the fish collected in the wild and
are very hardy if you can meet their food
requirements.  I first kept this fish successfully
when I had some eggs hatch out that hitched a ride on
a plant shipment from Florida.


--- Apistogrammas at aol_com wrote:
> i recently took some of these beauties home with me 
> the number was approx. 50-70 of them
> the water condition was controlled by poly filter
> and the fish had not been 
> fed for 2 days
> the shipment also contained some pygmy's as well
> after arriving home i unpacked the fish and
> acclimatised them the water was 
> hard and a constant 72 degrees this was the same as
> they had been used to
> 3 days later i gave half the fish to a friend and
> kept the others
> within 3 days the fish started to die off at a rate
> of about 1-2 a day
> i now only have about 5 left but they are in very
> good condition. the strange 
> thing was they even spawned during this period
> the pygmy's all survived the journey and have
> settled very well
> they were in transit for approx. 12 hours as i come
> from the uk
> there were no losses after unpacking or for the
> first few days
> has any one got some  suggestions
> apistogrammas at aol_com

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