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    No guessing at what gender this one is!





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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 N,

    Now that is a nice looking male. KAF are such fine looking fish. Won't be long before he's breeding size.

    I just found out I'm getting another population of petenensis. I hope it has a better sex ratio! I won't raise it but I will get it to people who can establish it.

    Bobby

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    Thanks Bobby! Without your help and guidance I wouldn't have ever been able to get this far. Just wondering, but is it these early ones that usually turn out better or is it like the swordtails where the ones that wait to color up come out the best? He has a few other males of more or less the same size following him that are only just developing color. They are currently being fed a mix of baby brine shrimp, grindal worms, and I introduced them to small blackworms yesterday which they were definetly ready for. Hope to give chopped blackworms and eventually frozen bloodworms.

    Btw, looking ahead to when these start breeding, how many eggs do you usually keep for yourself? I'm assuming several bags in case something goes wrong and then you can distribute the rest.

    For the P. petenesis...are you sure this is the correct spelling? If so I still haven't been able to find anything about it...Google does give me Apistogramma pertensis though. Good luck with these new ones! Seems way more people have the problem with too many males as opposed to too many females(except for that guy with 150 female E. annulatus!)

    I'll keep you updated
    ~Joseph
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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 N,

    Yes, the later developing males can be better in killies but not as dramatically as in livebearers -- the velifera mollies produce males that sex out at a 1/2 inch and then the 6 inch monsters! I'd keep at least 3 bags of peat. The more often you collect peat the better the eggs store and resist prolonged resting stages. Collect every week or two. Try "Poecilia petenensis" or the new name kykesis. Look at Margaret Ptacek's lab site under the biology dept. at Clemson University. They are doing sailfin molly research. <http://people.clemson.edu/%7Emptacek/>

    Bobby

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    One photo I forgot to add.



    Is this P. petenensis?(kykesis)
    http://gpas.org/pub/flash/2004/feb04/P_petenensis1m.jpg
    bad photo. Btw, do yours have that extension on the rear as well as the front of the dorsal fin?

    From the looks of it I will have a breeding group of around 7-8 with at least 4 males. Btw, what kind of bags do you use for storing eggs in? I heard normal ziploc bags were bad as they don't allow breathing.

    Also do you keep a journal of any sort for your fishroom? It might be useful for keeping track of things like spawns etc. and successes and failures that have occured. Also less likely to forget than a mind will.

    Best
    ~Joseph
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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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    Hi N,

    That's a male kykesis albeit a dead one. They have a black sword on the bottom of the caudal. The dorsal is not so pointed at the front.

    That is a beautiful kaufensis. You should be proud. Nothos vex even advanced killie keepers. Your colony sounds great. Just feed well, keep them clean, good water and collect the peat. I use fishstore plastic bags for storage and check once a week to see that moisture content is good. I store them in a styrofoam box where the temp is good -- 74-76 F for Notho eggs.

    I've never kept a journal but it is a great idea as many hobbyists do keep one. I often wish I had so I could see what I was thinking 25 years ago.

    Looks like you may soon have lots of killies to trade. I'm glad I could help. You did what few do -- listened.

    Bobby

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    Interesting that the photo didn't show that trait. The petenensis specimen looks like it has been damaged so maybe it isn't too surprising.

    Btw do the females only produce eggs when the males are around or is it dangerous not to breed them? I've been keeping the feedings a little less than I would if they had males to breed with-they absolutely adore chopped redworms and bob up like corks at the sight of them.The males seem to know they have females waiting as they are impatient and so are growing fast! LOL.

    Any signs besides body size I should be looking out for to show the males are ready for breeding? Also, is it bad to have a size difference between the pair? I'm pretty sure with a female that would be risky. The only problem I see with a small male would be that perhaps the male would have trouble clasping the female during spawning.


    I'm very happy that I've managed to bring these killies this far. It was a pretty steep learning curve not without failures but it has been a great experience! I still can't get over that you can put seemingly lifeless peat into the water...go to bed, and wake up the next morning to fry in the tank!(if not earlier) Even at the small size these males are more colorful than I dreamed of(oh...and yes I did have lots of dreams of them LOL). I'm also very grateful for your support, wealth of information(that is an understatement), and your generosity. I had never thought anyone would go so far out to help out someone else in the hobby.

    ~Joseph

    And in the meantime some more photos










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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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    Hi N,

    The females should be ok not being bred but just don't feed too richly so they don't produce so many eggs. Those males are almost ready. Are there females their size with them? Are they chasing those yet? I'd wait maybe 2 more weeks and then introduce one of the older girls in the tank along with a bowl of peat moss and see what happens. Maybe in 6 or 7 months you will have 80 young kafuensis growing up. Now that you have the hang of it most other Nothos will be pretty easy -- same with most Aphyosemions once you master the Chromos.

    Those are beautiful photos. some of the best I've seen of kafuensis. You ought to check with the JAKA editor to see if he needs some young Notho photos.

    My pleasure to help. Most things in life are a tradition that require one generation passing on to the next. You can't be a good teacher without a good student. I was a good student 30 years ago and absorbed everything anyone taught me on fish.

    Bobby

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