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Re: NFC: Flagfish

I collect the Flagfish in the wild here in S. Florida and have noticed a few 
things. The spawning trigger seems to be higher temps and algal growth as 
they coincide. I kept a number of them in ten gal. for months without paying 
any attention to them. Actually forgot em. The tank was very green and filled 
with filamentious algea, it's water level up and down with the rain or the 
rare dumping of excess water into the tank to bring it's level above the 
airstone tube and when I rediscovered them I couldn't believe the color. 
Hardy little buggers. The tank also sits, or sat in direct sunlight for half 
the day. In the wild they inhabit the upper 12 or so inches in heavy grass 
vegitation covered in algea and the temps there can be quite warm in the 
summer, in the 90s F.They are omnivors, but obviously prefer algea. Over the 
winter when the night temps dropped into the forties, for us thats like the 
20s for you yaynkees, they did just fine with no heating. They did however 
immediatly suffer from ich. In fact all the natives did well, while the 
exotics ALL kicked.  Even with the temps maitaned in the low fifties and 
upper forties during the day, I noticed the ambient temps of the wild waters 
stayed in the 70s with one time recording them at 68. The water holds the 
heat over night so there is little significant change. 
As for Alaska, and what a really cool/kewl place to live,  you might want to 
concider the ground temp as well. It will determine the mean average temp for 
the water in an outdoor pond, perhaps more so than the air temps. A side 
note... they are aggressive in a community tank with a rep for being fin 
nippers. If kept as 1 male to 3 females this seems to calm them. The females 
have the black spotted dorsal.