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Re: Need some help!
In looking through the writings of several people, including mine, the
concensus on Silversides is that they are delicate and so require very
little handling....the faster you get them from river/lake to tank the
better....even to the point of not lifting them out of the water when
transferring them to bait bucket/styro or whatever and to the aquarium. I
always add salt to my native tanks (ph of my aquarium in Missouri was 7.5).
Some people insist on live foods , but I've fed frozen, flaked and
freeze-dried with equal success. One note says they breed "Medaka" fashion
with the female extending a string-like filament with attached eggs from
Don't know what to say about your shiners except that I always use salt in
my native tanks and Aqari-sol ... especially in the case of native killies.
Did you get them out of moving water or a lake....if moving water have
you tried a powerhead? Never had that much problem with most shiners.
> From: Kudzu <Kudzu at airnet_net>
> To: Native Fish Counsel <nfc at actwin_com>
> Subject: Need some help!
> Date: Monday, June 29, 1998 2:45 PM
> The first time I sent this it didn't show up, so if it appears twice I
> I collected some shiners (still have not ID'ed them yet) and have had
> in a 30
> gallon for a week now. I started with 5 and I am slowly loosing the fish
> no apparent reason. The all seem normal and I have watched most of them
> flake food. I will walk by and find one dead for no apparent reason!
> I know shiners are not the most glamorous fish but I really wanted 3-4 in
> this tank. Anyone have any ideas of suggestions?
> Next question, I have 5 Brook Silversides that seem to be doing well in a
> gallon tank. I have always filled this tank with water from the river so
> ease the adjustment. Yesterday I cleaned the tank and did a 50% water
> using tap water. I added the water slowly over about an hour and so far
> I want to eventually move these fish to my 30 gallon. I was thinking that
> order to acclimate them that if I keep doing water changes that maybe
> will help them adjust to the tap water conditions that are in the 30
> So far every Silverside I have put in the 30 have died and am thinking
> the different water conditions are at least partly responsible.
> Anyone have any suggestions or ideas? How do some of you adjust sensitive
> fish to different conditions? Or am I going about this backwards and
> adjust the tank water to the lake conditions?
> Jeff <*\\><
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