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Re: LI Killie

Thanks for the info., Richard.  What sort of breeding behaviour can I
expect?  LIke any minnow, or more like an annual fish?  (That is, just egg
scatterers or likely to have to have a period of "moist" incubation?)
guess I get to find out hte hard way if theyre' going to hurt Leathers.

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On Tue, 7 Jul 1998, Richard E Matheson wrote:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Josh Wiegert <jwiegert at nexus_v-wave.com>
> To: nfc at actwin_com <nfc at actwin_com>
> Date: Tuesday, July 07, 1998 8:13 PM
> Subject: LI Killie
> >Did some collecting over the w/e on Long Island.  One of the fishes I
> >brought back was a very common baitfish, commonly called a "Kiliefish."
> >This is definitely a marine fish, though fom what I've heard, I could have
> >brought them back in some moist towels, :)  Anyone know what exactly these
> >guys are, what they'll eat (esp. if they'll hurt the soft corals in my
> >tank) and so on?
> >
> I would assume that on Long Island you collected either mummichogs (Fundulus
> heteroclitus) or striped killifish (Fundulus majalis). They are carnivores
> and will eat most anything you decide to feed them, but I don't know if they
> will bother soft corals. They are both extremely hardy fish. I have
> accidently left them a seine overnight only to return the next day and find
> them quite alive and frisky.
> Their salinity tolerance (especially F. heteroclitus) is also notable. I
> used to collect them as food for fish in a freshwater tank. They were
> collected in approx. 10-15 ppt salinity and dumped directly into the 0 ppt
> tank. They were momentarily stunned by the salinity change, but if the
> predators did not get them immediately they generally recovered and were
> then too fast for the the predators to catch.
> They are, altogether, quite remarkable fish. If you decide to breed them,
> the males will put on a nice color display for you.
> I hope this helps.
> Ed Matheson