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    Hi All,

    I had to cut down on my fish as I am looking for a new job and I got a contract to do a book on Lee Strasberg, so I only have 7 tanks set up -- three 55's, a 58, a 30 and two 29's. I am focused on my livebearers right now. I have a great strain of sailfin mollies that a friend developed in Florida. He went around collecting wild black spotted latipinna mollies in Florida backwaters and bred an aquarium strain from them. Then he crossed these with the big species of sailfin molly from Guatemala -- Poecilia petenensis. Petenensis gets to be 6 inches and the males have a very short black sword on the bottom of the caudal fin. The ones I have are producing tons of fry and the best fry are big with thick bodies and lots of color. They have blue bodies with lots of black spotting and orange in the tail and along the top of the dorsal. The babies are going to be bigger than the parents. They are extremely lively and very hardy. These are the best mollies I have ever had in 30 years of fishkeeping.
    I also have a strain veiltail (sometimes called guppytail) mollies. I crossed them with wild male green sailfin mollies (latipinna) from here in Texas and the babies are about 3 inches now and are turning into good fish. The original veiltail fish were farm raised in the Far East and not very good which is why I crossed them with a wild males. I have the young females in with a nice orange bodied black marbled lyretail sailfin male molly. I want to get orange veiltails with black sailfins and big black caudals. I also plan to cross the veils with the Florida mollies to get them even bigger and nicer. I am really into mollies now.
    I have a tank of Endler's Livebearers, a guppy like fish that are from a collection a friend made in Venezuela in 1997. The little males are all orange and green and they breed like rabbits.
    I have 2 populations of Nezzie swordtails -- Xiphophorus nezahualcoyotl. One is black spotted and the other is all blue. These swordtails are short thick bodied (2 and 1/2 inches)with big rounded yellow dorsal fins and orange swords that are curved upwards. These fish are the most active fish I have ever had -- constantly on the go.
    I have a tank of hi fin swordtails that I am trying to improve. I had a great strain 3 years ago with big long wide dorsals that went back past their caudal fins but I lost it. They started throwing little weak fish. I am trying a new line but they are just average so far. A friend sent me a hybrid swordtail between the regular red helleri and the big super long sword Xiphophorus montezumae. I am hoping the genes of the montezumaes will make for a better hi fin sword. Its too early to tell. Plus these hybrids have some fertility problems.
    I also have a tank of a new population of pure X. montezumae. I had another population but I traded it off for this one. It has alot of black on the sides and looks better than my old one. "Monty" swords are the best. The males have swords twice as long as their bodies and they have a hi round spotted dorsal that is gorgeous. They are one of the most elegant fish in the hobby. Truly a sight. Imagine a 3 inch male swordtail with a 6 inch sword and a dorsal fin that looks like someone pasted a dime on the fish's back. They come from the mountains of central Mexico. Sometimes there are photos on Aquabid or do a web search. You will be surprised.
    I have one more fish Phalloceros caudimaculatus reticulatus. It is a one inch livebearer from Brazil that is golden and covered in black dots -- really nice. I had 100's but the city changed my water source this summer and I killed lots of fish -- that's one reason I haven't been too active. I was kind of depressed. I saved some of these -- that I originally got from a friend in Denmark -- but I am afraid I will loose them. They have never fully recovered from the water problem and have not dropped fry in 3 months. Luckily, I distributed about 40 pairs to friends last year so hopefully they have had luck and I can find new ones if I have too. Getting them from Denmark was not easy. They are popular in Europe but rare here in the USA. "Caudis" are perfect little fish and can take cooler water -- 66-68F even.
    I have a bunch of Corydoras paleatus that I bred and raised and several little dwarf cichlids related to Kribs called Nanochromis dimidiatus (Neza population).
    I keep java fern, java moss, najas, Anubias, all kinds of crypts, Criniums, chain swords, ruffled swords, red lotus lillies, aponogeton crispus and bovinianus and narrow leaf java fern.
    I also raise baby brine shrimp, microworms, daphnia and grindal worms for the fish.
    Nathan, for killies in your area check out TheFishWizards webpage -- great site and great guys. Also, I believe the Boston Aquarium Society is having their HUGE annual auction this weekend on either Sat or Sunday -- I forget which. Check their website. I bet there are tons of killies at the auction.

    Bobby

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    Hehehe,1 common goldfish,1 comet,1 black moore nymph,lots of,trumpet,ramshorn,and pond snails,1 aplle snail.
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    Well, certainly not as impresssive as some on here, bu here goes!


    4 paradise fish(macropodus opercularis).

    1 male golden wonder(female killed in accident with kribs)

    1 pair of kribs(I don't bother with the babies anymore! Darned things! They're beautiful, but very aggresive!)


    A colony of heterandria formosa(least killifish). The colony now numbers at 10 breeding adults(7 females) and approx 20-30 fry....I don't dare try to count. With luck I may be transfering some to a pond in spring, and distribute juvies in summer. They are all in a planted ten gallon.

    I may be trying native fish(or Neza swords) in the 46 gallon tank after doing a clearout(and figuring out what to do with those kribs...).
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    D. muscipula & D. muscipula 'Red Dragon'(barely)

    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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    Hi again. Bobby, i'd love to go to that auction tomorrow... REALLY love to go... but can't. Religious thing. Ah well. Aric said i can buy some from him at only 'slightly' higher prices after he gets back.

    Those sound like some really cool livebearers you have. I didn't realize they could be so interesting - the platies in my tank are prolific and voracious, but not particularly exciting.

    I hit my first BAS meeting this month. Very cool. I'm not giving up the NECPS for it anytime soon, but it's a very different bunch of people.

    Regarding the kribs, i knew that the male and female can be a bit aggressive, but most people concluded that in a 50 gallon or larger tank, they should get along ok. I think mine would have too, but i neglected feeding them for a day or two and i think that pushed them over the edge. Incidentally, the rest of the fish have calmed down and stopped dying, i think the reign of terror by Mr. Krib is over. It's amazing how much more lively and colorful they have become. My cheapo Petco Australian Rainbows are actually showing a bit of color for the first time.

    Any suggestions on a good species of cory to breed? I'd prefer some of the smaller ones that would be small enough to stay in my 10 gallon and keep it clean.

    Here are some pics of my krib fry. I recently added the red/blue betta female, and the krib seemed a bit confused. They follow her around like she's momma, but when she turns around, they realize she ain't and they scatter (Augh! Run for your life!). It always seems like the confusion is going to end in violence at any moment.

    Anyone know how to sex the fry, and at what size it's possible?

    Them following her like a bunch of street punks:
    [img]http://home.**********.com/d_muscipula/images/20031025-AQ-Betta%20splendens,%20Pelvicachromis%20pulcher%20(krib)%20fry-Krib%20street%20gangs.jpg[/img]


    Are you my mother?
    [img]http://home.**********.com/d_muscipula/images/20031025-AQ-Betta%20splendens,%20Pelvicachromis%20pulcher%20(krib)%20fry-Are%20you%20my%20mother%203.jpg[/img]


    Them running away
    [img]http://home.**********.com/d_muscipula/images/20031025-AQ-Betta%20splendens,%20Pelvicachromis%20pulcher%20(krib)%20fry-Are%20you%20my%20mother.jpg[/img]


    The fry up close at ~9 weeks:
    [img]http://home.**********.com/d_muscipula/images/20031025-AQ-Pelvicachromis%20pulcher%20(krib)%20fry-9%20weeks.jpg[/img]

    Sorry for the horror show with the algae... kinda ugly.
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    d. muscipula,
    COOL PICS! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] I love how you took a shot every 3 seconds, showing them going up to the betta then running away [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/blues.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/unclesam.gif[/img]
    more pics!!!

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    I have a 40 gallon breeder. I just took down 2 10 gallon tanks. I alway put off cleaning them.

    Fish:
    Guppies
    Platies
    Neon Tetras
    Otto
    SAE's
    Hillstream Loach
    Botia striata
    Ghost Shrimp

    Plants:
    Aponogeton ulvaceus
    Ceratophyllum demersum
    Cryptocoryne crispatula
    Cryptocoryne wendtii
    Java Fern
    Rotala rotundifolia
    Sagittaria subulata
    Vesicularia dubyana

    Pictures can be seen here:
    http://www.geocities.com/elgecko1989/community.html

    I hope to have a new picture of the tank soon. I changed the driftwood about a month ago, to a piece that almost comes to the top of the water. I bought a few new rocks today when I was at That Fish Place. I'm going to do some rearranging tomorrow when I clean the tank. I'll take a new picture of the tank then.


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    Hi D,

    Who's Aric? Do you mean Ariel Bornstein? If so, tell him hi for me and that he owes me an email! I have a book for him!

    Too bad you can't make the auction. Glad you made it to the BAS. It's one of the best clubs around. Next year, I think they will host the international Aquatic Gardeners Association convention which is always cool if you like plants, plus they are apart of the Northeast Council of Aquarium Societies that has a great big convention/auction each year.

    The kribs look great. There probably won't be any violence. The babies are just programed to follow and as cichlids are very smart and curious. Sexing will depend on growth rate which depends on food type, amount, frequency, tank size and number and amount of water changes. The males should out grow the girls and the girls should start showing the red belly and more rounded body. The fins will show differences too. Try to change water once a week and try to feed 2-4 times a day. If you can't hatch out brine shrimp go to <www.brineshrimpdirect.com> and get some decapped brine shrimp eggs that you can feed unhatched by just sprinkling on the water. They sink and the little guys will scarf them up. (This would be good for the zebra fry too, Trashcan!).
    Get some pygmy corys Corydoras pygmaeus. If you have slightly soft acid water and feed well (especially live baby brine shrimp) they will breed in the plants and you will have a nice school of tiny corys, especially if they are the only species in the tank. On larger corys, aneus, paleatus and panda corys are the easiest to breed. Julii corys are the hardest to breed. There is an english guy who has a site on corys and a great book on breeding them. I think his name is Ian Fuller but I am not sure. I have read his articles and they are great. See if you can find his site on line. He writes for the english magazine Practical Fishkeeping
    I bet you find people at the BAS that like CP's too. Just wait! You might get more NECPS members and might even try for co-sponsored shows.

    Bobby

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    At the rate they are growing, you should be able ot sex thme in about 4-6 months.



    Check the tails periodically for patterning. Also check the ventral fins. Males will eventuallly grow longer ventral fins. If a male sports ocelli(I do wish I could find one that did over here!) they will start to show at this time. Red bellies wtake longer thna the other traits to form. A less reliable way is body shape. Males tend to have bigger heads and more bullet shaped bodies.



    And for the plants list.....

    The ten gallon H. formosa tank is the only tank thats is planted as of now....(emphasis on now). I once new a momNpop store which sold stuff pretty cheap....he ended up knowing me by first name basis before he moved out because of competition from larger petstores. If you don't count the vals that I bought somewhere else(and that are dying off it seems anyway)..the whole setup was only 5 bucks of plants!

    Tank includes.
    A larger number of java ferns(he sold em to me as a big clump of what was left from a java wall display tank before he took the subjects apart and sold them...a heaping handful of little plants...that was 3 bucks. I've covered a lava rock that takes up 1/4 of the tanks floorspace with them, and then the remainder cover msot of the foreground.

    2 A crispus bulbs The plants were presprouted and not sold as just bulbs. He had picked the largerst ones out of the tank. Thats about 1 buck

    4 dwarf lily bulbs...once again, these were presprouted before being sold.
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    D. muscipula & D. muscipula &#39;Red Dragon&#39;(barely)

    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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