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    Hi N,

    Your story is great. I can see why you like swordtails! You're lucky to have a pond.

    Kafuensis can take bbs but I always add green water for 2 days too for smaller fry (females).

    I've never seen Chunga so your guess is as good as mine. My Mambova fry sem to be mostly reds like in the article but that is not a great photo of them. My otehr line should hopefully produce more blues. The Kayuni and Nanzhila show better blue.

    The high 60's are too low for Nothos. They might live just fine but not spawn much. Also too cool for egg incubation. 73-76 F is perfect. If tanks can warm up in the day and slowly cool at night that would be ok. I'd stay away from small heaters. Maybe well placed incandescent bulbs around tanks during day to heat the immediate area. 60's is too low to hatch shrimp too. You'll need a light/heater on the hatcher to keep it in 70's to 80F. Now Aphyosemions and Austrolebias would love the cool temps.

    Bobby

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    Got the DvD, but haven't watched it yet.

    Incandescent light sounds like a possibility...for the eggs I will probably put a heatpack in the styro I put the eggs in...maybe add water to the styro and then add an aquarium thermometer and float the bags of peat? Also, will those medical heat pads work? I used one for a betta until my mom claimed it used up too much electricity and could start a fire. However, if I can get things warm enough then that may work well-and at least I won't have to worry in the summer!

    What kind of aphyoseimon or SA annuals would like my conditions?(ph around 7.5 or so). I heard that They planned to use C. bellotti, C. nigripinnis, or S. whitei in CA for mosquito control.

    The bluespots have been moved to winter in the pond, so the 10 gallon that they lived in is empty for now. Dunno if I can make use of it or if the sunnies would be easily viewable in the pond. I'd like them back inside in spring though.

    Also, do you put any kind of dark substrate in your killie tanks besides peat?
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    Hi N,

    Let me know if the dvd works.

    Floating the peat bags in heated water would not be good as it would effect O2 exchange. I think heat packs would cost too much over time. I once built an incubator from a large wood box 2 x 2 x 2. I put an hinged door on it. I put an incandescent light socket in it. I drilled a hole and mounted a little computer fan on the side to pull out extra heat from the bulb (60 watt). I hooked the light and fan to a reptile temperture control that I set at the temperature I wanted so it turned the bulb and fan on and off maintaining the temp. It worked very well and was cheap and easy too build. Just be sure you do the electric right and well. If you use heat packs test it out in the styro before adding eggs to see the temp it holds. Taping it to the top of the styro would be good.

    Aphyosemions as a whole would like your temps but hate the 7.5 pH. Gardneri populatiosn would be the best bet. They are the related Fundulopanchax. SAA's like nigripinnis, bellottii, whitei would all work. Any Austrolebias from the Argentina/Uraguay area would work. Nothos will too but the low temp is a problem.

    I paint the outside of my tanks flat black on the bottom.

    Bobby

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    Hmmm, I think I may have an incandescent light hiding somewhere. Dunno how efficient that is. Do nothos display well under incandescent?

    Concerning you S. whitei(papilleferus?) would you be able to describe how the breeding males look in life? Look to be similar to C. nigripinnis in colors.

    Also, would peat be able to lower ph substantially? Or would that require R.O water?

    Thanks!

    BTW, would you reccomend the Fish and Egg list as a good source for eggs or young pairs?
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    Hi N,

    Nothos look better under flourescent light especially the old aquari-lux bulbs by Penn-Plex -- heavy on red and blue.

    The whitei (papilliferus) are an ugly population. They get large but are the grey/brown color line. The pretty whitei are the reddish brown ones. They are gorgeous and have the best fins. I will not keep this line of whitei. I was hoping it was the red form when I got it. They do not look like nigripinnis. A good nigripinnis is beyond beautiful and they love it cool!

    Peat can lower the pH/softness of hard alkaline water but it takes very good peat and alot of it. You have to call the manufactor of the peat and ask them what the pH of their peat is. You want one that is around 4.5 pH. Then you must be careful not to use too much too soon as that peat can really drop the pH. I had a friend almost kill his discus doign that. For breeding you would definitely want to boil that a long time in hard alkaline waterand really rinse it. Eggs don't need such acid peat and can melt in it. RO is the best way to go as it gets the conductivity (total disssolved solids)down which is the crucial number for most fish. Low conductivity just goes with soft acid water.

    Fish & Egg Listing is a great place to get fish.

    I'm expecting some Limia vittata, Micropoecilia picta and some of my old plain big monties soon. Look for your surprise this week. How's the dvd?

    Bobby

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    Sounds good! I will keep my eyes peeled for the package.

    I heard limia vittata is a very nice fish...the pictures of it are pretty interesting.I heard P. picta was a bit tricky to deal with?

    I heard that sometimes peat can be as low as 2.5...which is quite different from the 4.5 you mentioned. Better ask first!

    BTW, do you save the blackwater from boiling the peat? I think your Malputta might like it.

    I guess the flourescent lights will be just for display.For the coolwater lovers, what happens in summer when my tank temps rise to anywhere from 73-76 degrees(depends on tank, whether it has lights, and how high it is off the ground...my big tank is probably the warmest).

    Starting a new thread with new photos! But keep the killifish discussions in one place for easy reference please.
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    Drosera capensis

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    Hi N,

    Well, cleaned tanks all day. I'm tired. I moved the petenensis to their own 55 gallon and traded off the petenesis x latipinna hybrids -- just no room and the pure species are much prettier. I have 2 males petenensis so far and they are getting the black swords. I have 4 velifera males so far. I sent the 7 petenensis fry they dropped to my Florida friend. I hope he doesn't accidently cross them again!

    I sent out some Caudos and the Mulpulatta yesterday. A friend is getting his kretseri to breed so I figured he could use my pair and have a bigger gene pool. I can then get some young ones from him. My caudos are getting weak as a strain which worries me. I hope its just the heat but you never know.

    L. vittata is a looker but I know nothing about it. I will put it with my blue gularis as a source of free food. Picta is touchy? I'll have to be careful.

    I use peat juice when hatching eggs but just keep peat in the filters in tanks or on the bottom.

    Your summer temps sound fine. Just use the incandescent as a heater. Maybe some small clip on light fixures carefully aimed. Taping styro over all 3 sides of a tank helps keep it warm.

    My arnoldi are sexing out at barely a half inch! The lacortei are doing great -- so shy. More and more calabarica! I will move the Mambova tonight and see what I have. I think I have extra females. One male Nanzhila is gorgeous. I think it is the prettiest kafuensis.

    Bobby

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    Sounds Great! I did my waterchanges on Friday night. Not too bad with only 3 tanks up, the fish do repay you thats for sure. After my waterchanges I usually chill in front of the fish tank for some time. Also, 3 gallon buckets work well for curlups...LOL

    I know someone on a fish forum that keeps L. vittata and they do well for him apparently. If you want me to ask him I'm sure he has some experience with them.

    The article states that Mambova and Nanzhila look similar. From those pictures(though I'm sure Mambova looks better in life) I like Kayuni and Nanzhila. The Chunga pic is nice, but again doesn't appear to do the fish justice.

    The styrofoam idea is a pretty good one. I suppose I could also drape a towel over the tank at night? I keep on under the rack to absorb any little spills from dripping nets. I also have some pink stuff that was used to insulate a package...that might work-kinda like cotton.

    BTW. do you/have you ever used vinegar eels?
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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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