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    Received 5 Chrom. splendopleure 'Muyuka Police Station' C89/15 a while ago. It looks like 3 males and 2 females. They are in a ten gallon tank which they share with a few small H. formosa. So far they have acclimated well and one of the females even spawned with at least 2 of the males. They have been eating a few blackworms and are gingerly eating Hikari micropellets from the top. The largest male and the larger female look a bit thin but I think it might just be temporary.

    Here are a few photos. Please excuse the poor quality.
    The tank. I will be adding more moss and duckweed to provide more cover

    I added another clump of java moss. I think it would be best to jamp-pack the tank but I still would like to be able to observe the fish. Probably add enough moss for the whole back and that will be it.


    The smallest(and most photogenic) male.


    Either fighting or courting-I think it is the former.
    Small male and the larger female(which seems to act very male like)



    Definite female


    Second largest male. Amazing how the color/pattern changes with mood. I think stripes are fright coloration.





    I looked over one of the java moss clumps and managed to find a few eggs(maybe 6) which have been collecting and placed in a Glad storage container(Bobby: Its the same one you sent the grindalworms in) with sprigs of java moss. Plan to change the water as often as possible for these.
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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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    They look nice.
    Good luck with them.


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    Congratulations on getting them to spawn!

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    Thanks guys! I've run into some problems(think the other fish are eating the eggs). So I just go through seperating a pair to spawn. Hope I can get more eggs from these guys.

    They are indeed very nice




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    D. muscipula & D. muscipula 'Red Dragon'(barely)

    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

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    Drosera capensis

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    Wow - those are nice [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] You always have nice fish though
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    Hi Nflytrap,

    Those guys are nice. I'd put them in a tank of soft slightly acid water full of plants and floating plants and let nature take its course. If fish will breed community style it makes your life so easy. Really chop their blackworms. If you collect eggs, try putting them on top of pre-boiled soaking wet peat. That will stop alot of fungus. You can also soak the peat in water with an anti-fungal agent -- metholyne blue. But just letting the eggs hatch in the tank is easiest. Just feed bbs to the tank daily for the suspected fry.

    Are the Nothos really males? Pictures?

    Bobby

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    Bobby: Thanks for the help! I ran into a few problems-one of which you pretty much predicted and solved before hand. The other problem was that I suspected one of the females of eating the eggs. I wasn't able to find many eggs in the moss. Sure enough, when I moved a pair out and let them spawn for a short time and moved them back I was able to find 3 eggs. If I had a divider I would split them up into two pairs. If I search the moss at the right time(right after the fish have been seen spawning) I can find eggs. I stopped searching a few days ago and plan to just wait it out and see if any fry start popping up.

    How different is methylene blue from acriflavine? According to the pages you sent me this is what Chromaphyosemion specialist Oliver Legros does for his eggs.

    I tried water incubating the eggs in a small container with a few sprigs of moss but this only seemed to encourage them to fungus. So I've decided to leave the eggs for now. May try your wet peat method...methylene blue will be the last resort.

    I'm not sure on those nothos. People think they are females, but shouldn't they be totally colourless? They are 2 months old now-I think that is old enough that any males that would colour up would have. They have a faint bluish sheen and faint showing of the red marks of the males on the bodies and a bit on the fins. You can't quite make it out in the photos.






    I think this set of photos shows both fish. Going by the anal fin, it looks like two females. However, they slight color, body shape, and behavior seems to make me think male. Perhaps with no males present they are trying to be males.

    If they do turn out to be both of the same sex(which wouldn't surprise me) I've got about 5 more fry coming along and I'm sure the peat still has eggs in it. I changed my method of harvesting BBS a little. Room light naturally makes them collect at a certain spot near the surface, but under the floating cysts. I got a few pipettes off my friendly chem teacher and it is a simple matter to suck up the BBS with the pipette getting few if any cysts. Only problem is is that this is time consuming and seldom gets all the BBS. I also collect BBS for putting in the fridge for "storage".(they last at least a day like this) After a day and a half I use the BBS net and collect up whatever BBS are left(not worrying too much about the cysts) and give them to the juvenile evergladei. I will soon be setting up two soda bottles at once so I can have a more constant supply.

    Also, I got the first issue of JAKA recently(Thanks much Dustin for the membership!) and it is very nice-for one thing the photo on the front is spectacular! Seems like they have changed the format recently as instead of being in typical magazine format it is now a pocket size "booklet". Maybe too many killikeepers would read them in the fishroom and get them wet...LOL I liked Bob Morenski's article on Megalebias wolterstoffi. Those guys look like giant Aust. nigripinnis. I hear people raise other species like N. whitei for use as feeder fish for this genus! Also, his article on Belly sliders was interesting and the idea has potential. On the 3rd wet of kafuensis I still got quite a few bellysliders.

    What has been happening with your fish?

    ~Joseph
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    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

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

    Drosera capensis

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    Hi Joe,

    Quick note. Those are definitely 2 females. The males would be a rainbow of red and blue to knock your eyes out.

    Fill the Chromo tank with plants and feed bbs daily.

    For harvesting of bbs, use a flashlight or workshop type single incandecent bulb in metal funnel like thing. Put light by the bottm of the jar and cover the whole jar with a towel. All the bbs go to the light. keep the room dark. If the bbs are over 48 hours old they have molted once and will go to the top. Better nutrition if fed before first molting.

    Bobby

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