What happened with the fish deaths? Ok now?
What happened with the fish deaths? Ok now?
Hi Bobby -
Thank you for asking. It seems after the five week mark when the cycling should have been over, the fish deaths came to a screeching hault. The only deaths I have had lately are due to jumping out of the tanks. Which I have began addressing by using plastic mesh made for cross stitch (walmart is good for something)
Im going to move the Sailfins into a 29 gal in the next few days. I had Golden Pearls 200-300 Microns and a 1/2 Lb Decapsulated Brine Shrimp on hand. I just didnt know I could feed the shrimp to fish that were so big! What abot hte golden pearls? Have you had any luck with them? I origionally bought these for an emergency for fry (ie: micro worms all died out again)
Ill keep you updated on how these progress.
I have around 12 Illyodon Whitei fry all the sudden [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] I think thats a good sign that things are better in the fishroom.
Would you still be willing to send over some monties?
Thank You Much [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
Hope all is well
I'm pretty sure even adult mollies will try to nab BBS. I've heard good things about golden pearls but they seem too expensive for me. If they work as advertised(hang midwater) they might work for Notho fry though.
D. muscipula & D. muscipula 'Red Dragon'(barely)
S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.
HI If the fish eat them golden pearls are good. Mine never liked them. The decap bs is just as good. A trick with Poecilia and Xiphophorus is to feed even the adults live bbs. They love it so the decap eggs they will graze off the bottom. Live bbs is why we have the big fancy livebearers we have today. They helped to create the delta tail guppy.
I can send some monties. Let me get some other things out first. Now mine are a cross between the pure spotted like I sent Joe and the blue/green strain. Not every fish in the community is a cross yet but I have to treat the tank as if they are all. So this will just be an "aquarium strain" and not a location. If you want pure then get some of the spotted from Joe. I might be able to sedn you some of the other two sailfins too -- velifera and kykesis (petenensis). Do you like the nezahualcoylt swords?
I agree the golden pearls are NOT cheap.. I tried BBS last night, Im going to go check on them in a few minutes, Ill update on how that goes later.
Bobby - I would be very happy to take whatever you want to ship over. Ill pay shipping or whatever you want to do [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] The aquarium strain is nice, I can always get the location strain from Joe (at least I think I can, haha) I do have a pair of nezahualcoylt I got them at the ALA convention - they are growing well. I guess I should be feeding them BBS as well? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
I fed the Sailfins, killies and the Blue Parrot Variatus some Decaped BBS today, all seemed to eat it right up. I was kind of suprised how fast they recognized it as a food and went after it [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] I used to try micro worms and they didnt really go after those. So I just assumed small foods like that were, well to small. Glad I have ppl like you to set me straight [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
Let me know when you get a chance bobby. Ive got five 29 gals on standby (and yes by now they are cycled haha)
Also - Joe - Your box will go out tomorrow (tuesday)!
Well yep its almost a quarter after 2 in the AM... I was shutting stuff down and getting ready to goto bed. I dropped a few flys into one of the N. Foerschi tanks and had to look around for the female. She usually slammed the top of the water when flys were swimming... Yep shes a floater..... Big red belly full of decaped brine shrimp [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img] I was afraid they would kill something.. haha - well I still have a pair downstairs. These came from Dr. Nielson (sp?) from the AKA fish list.. Hate to loose them, as the deal is Im suppost to send 2 pair back to the committee.. Cant even do that with a 100% refund of their fish now haha.
Could I have overfed them? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img] The ones downstairs were not given those and they are doing ok. However, I fed alot of the other fish these same decaped shrimp and they are (seem) fine...
I hate deaths.....
Thanks Guys -
Hmmm, strange. I've never lost a fish to decapped eggs. I have to overfeeding frozen bloodworms and live blackworms (only when unchopped). I don't know what happened. The decapped eggs are best if you hydrate them before feeding in a jar of water until they all sink. Then bast them into the tank. Just feed less. Nothos are weird. Did you have any peat in their tank? With Nothos always keep a bowl of peat in their tanks as they can drop dead unexpectedly and that way you have eggs to back you up. Just boil a good grade of pure (no minerals and fertilizer added) peat moss in an enamel or glass pan (those blue enamel Mexican pots are great) for an hour in hard water and then rinse it in a net under the cold faucet and place enough in a heavy or weighted (small stones) glass or plastic container (food storage containers are great as are cereal bowls) and SLOWLY!!!!!!! AND PATIENTLY!!!!!!!!!! submerge it in the tank. The peat should be an inch deep in the container. I use a container that is at least 6 inches across and 3 inches deep. Try to collect, dry until damp and fluffable and store in a sealed plastic fishstore type bag labeled with species, collection and hoped for hatch date for 2 months with guentheri.
Hmm well I didnt know to hydrate them before feeding - I just let them float and the fish took them off the top of the water.
Looks like i was missinformed again. I put boiled coir in baby jars and added to the northos tanks. One jar per tank. Shoudl I use something different? What your saying is something like a glass cereal bowl?
The male Foerschi was in the jar today, So im hoping they indeed laid eggs in the coir before she died. However she was huge, I was anticipating a spawn today or tomorrow. I still have one female left... Should I seperate her from the male and then re-introduce her in a few days? I dont want to chance anything iwth her.
Thats the only death thus far from the decapped shrimp.
Baby jars sound too small. I use larger containers so I have more peat and the fish can move easier. I don't like coir as it seems to dry out too fast. I'd use peat. You can mix the coir into peat for better storage. If the foerschi are fine I'd leave them as they are. That's a pair, right? I wouldn't keep 2 males and 1 female together. Don't worry. Give the female a hiding place.
Ill have to upgrade the baby jars soon then [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] Where do you get your peat? I cant find any without additives. They were in pairs in the tanks, so now I have a pair and anther tank with just the male.
Thanks for the info, as always!