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    Hi All,

    Good news on the swords Nflytrap. This displays are great -- especially between males. I'm glad they like the mysis.

    Nothos are gorgeous. Rachovii is amazing -- all blue and orange. I have symoensi which is dream sicle orange with purple hints and Kafuensis Mambova which has big fins, blue and white stripes in the tail and either a blue or red mottled body. I hope to have fry this summer. I should also also kafuensis Nanzhila River which is a bluish white form. There are Nothos that are lemon yellow, solid scarlet red, green, brilliant neon blue. Now the females are plain.

    Killies are fantastic. I've bred them now for over 30 years -- since I was 8. I have had easily 100 species over the years. They are much like cps -- soft acid water and live or almost live food; small tanks; dormant stage for eggs, peat moss and fascinating breeding habits. I never tire of them. The butterflies of the fish world.

    Commercial fish dealers don't handle killies as fish farmers don't breed them -- too labor intensive. Hobbyists raise killies and trade among themselves. It's a huge hobby. The national convention is in Breckinridge on Memorial Day Weekend. Check out the American Killifish Association webpage; the Nothobranchius Information Centre webpage and the Killies of West Africa webpage -- all have tons of info and pictures.

    Bobby

    PS Nflytrap, you wanted microworms and grindal worms right?

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    Thats correct. I have plenty of daphnia right now.

    Would you mind giving me a little info on your technique of keeping grindals? I've heard lots of different info...potting soil...peat moss...etc.etc. etc.

    Thanks!
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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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    Perhaps I am confusing it with a different genus? I just have a 30 year old faded mental image of a thin, brown killie from Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine. Do kilies also include Fundulus and the Rivulins? Personally, the pics I remember seeing in the TFH binder of the Aplocheilis are incredibly cute.

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    Yes, rivulus and fundulus are killies. The fish you have in mind could be a panchax or perhaps a rivulus. Nothos are stocky fish with lots of color(at least the males). Check out aKA.org for pics...don't blame me if you get bitten by the killie bug! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    BTw, has anyone heard of rivulus marmoratus. Hermaphrodite fish capable of surviving for soem tiem out of water. Sounds like a really interesting fish for a mangrove setup..
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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,

    My friend Dr. Bruce Turner is the world's authority on Riv. Marmaratus. Bruce maintains a lab with 1500 of the little weirdos. Here's his webpage <http://www.bsi.vt.edu/rivmar/>. Fascianting stuff.

    I raise grindals in rubbermaid 10x4x4 containers with pin holes poked in the top. I put in 3/4 soaked damp peat moss mixed with 1/4 soaked damp organic potting soil to fill half of the container. I feed Omega One Goldfish Flakes as the worms love the salmon base flakes. Other flake food would do or even pulverized Kitty Chow. Wet the Kitty Chow. The Omega flakes I just sprinkle in dry. I feed maybe a tablespoon of flakes or a 1/2 teaspoon of pulverized moistened Kitty Chow 2-3 times weekly. Flakes are the best. Oatmeal will work too but the high protein flaked salmon base food makes for alot of worms. Keep the soil damp but not soaked. Start a new culture every 3 months or so. I keep at least 2 going in case one crashes. 70-84F is fine. To harvest, I cut the full center out of a plastic coffee can top and put that on top of the dirt and put the flakes on that. In 24-48 hours worms are all over the plastic top eating. Then its easy to lift it out and swish them into a bowl of clean water and feed the fish.
    Microworms I raise on cheap white bread made damp with water and with a tbsp of uncooked oatmeal mixed in and a 1/2 tsp of brewers yeast. I put that in 4x4x4 inch food storage containers and fill them up with media to about a 1/2 inch deep and poke pin holes in the top. The worms are at room temp. When they bloom and crawl up the sides, I just swipe them off the sides of the container with my finger and swish them in a bowl of water. Then I use a baster to distribute to tanks and fry. Once the worms are starting to climb up the sides I start new cultures so as to have a never ending supply.

    Great news on the daphnia.

    I will send the food next weekend or next week.

    Bobby

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    Haha, thats pretty cool, as I visited that site on my search for info on these odd fish. Have you ever tried keeping them? They are agressive, but they might make good "Betta Bowl" subjects. Esp that they don't need mates. They arent all that ugly either...at least in my eyes.

    For grindals, is pure potting soil possible? Don't think I would use Cp growing medium...LOL

    No kitties, so I guess this is where ancient cans of flake will go.


    BTw, have you received your box? We sent it out. Couldn't resist giving you a tip...or maybe that will cover shipping on the live food.

    Okay, the extra wasn't my idea...
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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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