Interesting. I read an article about someone who would carefully judge the males by color intensity and looking for faded colors or eliminating atypical patterns. I've also heard of some people simply cutting the batch in half and throwing the rest out. Can't see myself doing that.
What do you mean by"not developing properly?". Does this mean the runts? I hear that the males tend to grow faster so when breeders cull out the smaller ones they end up with a very high percentage of males.
I know you said you never bother looking through the peat now, but back before you came to that conclusion how often did you get fry from bags of peat that supposedly had no eggs? I haven't seen any eggs in the N. orthonotus Moz 99/8 bag in a long time, and in the bag of Chunga I can find maybe 3-5. In contrast the N. kafuensis 'Kayuni' Zam 97/9 I can easily spot 10 or more eggs just by gentling moving the peat a few times.
From all this good stuff you getting-JAKA must be really good!
I asked Billy which populations he had and also mentioned your name.
Hard to tell how the female is doing-she is hungry. I hope to add in some Melafix maybe today or tomorrow and see what happens.
I know Cyprinodon variegatus is illegal in CA for rather obvious reasons-not sure about the rest. I know most of them are either threatened or endangered which creates obvious problems.
Also, in general how long do species stay in your fishroom? I'm sure some killikeepers will breed one generation and then sell them for another species-but I'm sure again that almost everyone has a few old favorites that they hang onto.
One of my female montezumaes looks almost ready to give birth yet again. I think some of my juveniles will soon be close to the size the ones you sent me were. Males continuing to grow, but a few show some sword damage-likely due to the male blue gularis.
Btw, what happened to that monster Simp. papilliferus spawn?
Hope all is well for you! Good luck with those Mambova