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Thread: My annual killie attempt (Nothobranchius palmqvisti)

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    Cool little fishes, have you tried sprinkling the fruit flies from Petco on the water surface? I bet they would really go for them! Petco sells D. melanogaster (small) and Petsmart sells the D. heydei (large). I suggest starting your own culture from either of these sources before using the containers they sell you to feed with. The retail cultures aren't really very good setups for a long term culture and are stored badly in the shop on top of it but they will work in a pinch and are a good way to get your own culture of each species started without paying shipping if you have all the other stuff you need like culture medium and cups with nylon lids.

    If you have no fruit fly supplies this is the guy I buy my all-in-one fruit fly culture kits from you get 10x 32 oz bug cups, a bag of culture medium (food), raffia and yeast (I don't use the yeast) and your choice of fruit fly species (large or small or wingless) already seeded in a culture: Fruit-Flies-Culture-Kit-Makes-10-Cultures
    Don't worry about the notes which says the larger species is more difficult they are all easy, the D. heydei just take longer to get started so this discourages some people but they're fruit flies, put them in the cup and set them in a room temp area in 2 weeks or so you have fruit flies hatching every day more and more. I've never noticed anything "difficult" or "easy", just faster production with the small species.

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    I've not ever tired it but thanks for the info. Today I will start working them over to blood worms- sounds easier than BBS and fruit flys. Drop a frozen cube of blood worms in a cup with a little water, use a turkey baster to suck some up, trickle them in so the fish figure out what's going on, do that for a couple days as they learn and still supplement BBS then drop the BBS when all the fish seem to know what the blood worms are all about.
    Duane, ever heard of fruit flys for these guys?
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    Quote Originally Posted by adnedarn View Post
    Duane, ever heard of fruit flys for these guys?
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    Live fruit flies work great for surface dwelling species. Nothobranchius in general tend to be more likely to feed at mid level or from the substrate. I personally have not tried fruit flies with my annual killies. Frozen bloodworms and spirulina enriched frozen brine shrimp work well for all my large juvenile and adult fish.

    I suppose if you are into culturing live foods, the fruit flies could double as CP treats also .

    Duane

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    Yeah, frozen blood worms are great! I feed 'em to my vampire crabs and apple snails a couple times a week. My old A. australe killies liked them but they also liked the action at the surface of the fruit flies struggling. If any LFS near you sell "glass worms" alive in a bag of water my killies liked those a whole lot too but only one shop here ever carries them. Not sure if you can culture the glass worms at home or not.

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    Well, didn't take long on the worms for a male to start showing his colors

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    Nice... very nice... got an estimate for how many fry there are, Andy?
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    Man, between them all moving around all all the moss/plants that they hide in it's hard to say... But I'm thinking 16ish
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    I have maybe 4 starting to have color now, but the one is still by far the best looking!
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