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    Here are a few pics of the Scriptoaphyosemion liberiensis (calabarica) I recieved from Bobby on Monday!!!


    Joe said you had alot of background information on these, and some of the other fish you sent, could you expand on that? Joe was saying the Scriptoaphyosemion liberiensis have been in the hobby over 50 years and survived the war?[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]


    Thanks Again!!!

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    Hi Dustin,

    Go to page 3 of this freshwater fish topic page and look at the thread "old new killifish". That tells about the history. The fish look good. One male looks a bit stressed. You have the calabarica in dark bottom tanks with lots of hiding places I hope as they need that. Keep live food for them -- all worms except microworms chopped or whole depending on size, bbs, daphnia, mosquito larvae, adult brine shrimp. I doubt they will eat flake at all. Frozen is good but live is better at least until they settle in.

    Bobby

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    Hi Bobby -

    Wow now im even more honored.. About how many ppl have this strain in the country now? I wish I knew I needed alot of live foods for this last week.. as the fridge went out and I lost all the blackworms / keepers. Now I can have a new shipment here from CA by friday, but I wont be here friday thru late sunday... Which will mean I really cant have feed them well until next tuesday! I just put in some white worms, hopefully they will chow down on those. I had been putting in micro worms haha, as thats the only live I have abundance of right now, well that and fruit flys, but I doubt they will take those. They seem to set on the bottom all the time, there is little movement. They are in a 10 gal right now, and as you already know im slowly moving them back to soft water from 127tds monday to 117 tds yesterday.. I can probably have them in a 15 gal by end of last week with a dark substrate, do you think the extra five gallons will make a big difference? I could put them in a 55 gal, and will do that if you feel it would help out [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] Its just waiting to be setup. What if I put a divider in the 55 gal (black acrylic) and then put another softwater killi on the other side for the moment? Would that make a big differece or woudl that be to tall? Ill do whatever you think I should to make this work [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] That history is very impressive. I now understand why Joes eyes bugged out when I told him what was sent

    You say the fish is stressed, you must mean the light colored male in the middle pic?

    I just got in some red worms to start a culture today, if i chopped some small ones up, you think they would eat those?

    What kind of light do yu keep above the floating plant? I dont want to kill it off, and at the same time dont want to stress the fish...

    Thanks!!!!

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    Afterthought --
    I know whiteworms are high in fat and should be used sparingly - so what about fruit fly maggots? I have an abundance of those I could throw in.. Hydei more than Melongaster - think they would eat them? My rainbowfish jump at them haha.

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    Hi Dustin,

    The 15 gallon is fine. Chop up the white worms if they are big and feed those. The chopped red worms would be good too. I'd be great if you could get a bunch of daphnia to throw in there while you are gone -- any chance of that from local hobbyists? Forget the maggots. They might have eaten the microworms, I'm just not sure. The light colored male looked stressed. Staying on the bottom is normal. They are shy and hide and love cover. I have a single 30 watt flourescent bulb on their 30 gallon tank with a cover of the fern and a ton of loose java moss and java fern on wood. Maybe 30-40 people have the fish now -- maybe. They're a legend. Look in old pre-70's fish books like Sterba's and you will see them.

    Bobby

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    Hi Bobby,

    Fed them some chopped white worms tonight - one was very happy but they may have been too large, ill cut them better next feeding... will also try finely cut red worms tonight or in the morning. No one around here had daphnia. The nearest serious hobbyist is about an hour away, and they dont have daphnia either... I haev maybe 5 in a starter container, they havent been doing grteat for me.. had green water probs, things are looking up though. I will get htem into a 15 gal next week when I get back, have to get a new one at the meijer. I got the TDS down to 87 tonight, that should help. Walmart doesnt have test kits anymore and my LFS doesnt carry them (yeah really rural area) anyway Ill get one in Indy this weekend.

    Thanks for all the advice, as always!

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    Update -

    Been feeding them Blackworms / grindals / white worms occasionally. I have the TDS down to 57, is that soft enough, or do they need lower [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Hi Dustin,

    57 should be great. Can't wait until I hear you have fry. The adults also like live baby brine. Mine are cranking out the fry again. I'm going to weed out all but the best 10 pair for the next generation. I'm noticing some tiny defects in some of the fish so I want to be more selective for the next generation. How are the other fish doing? Have the nezzies colored up?

    Bobby

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