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8 years 6 months ago #1409 by Ted
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Thanks again! Good news on new lar­vae, if hybrid, it will show in the young fish!! We cross our fin­gers for edu­cated deal­ers and even har­vesters, at least to seper­ate non stan­dard mar­ket species.

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8 years 6 months ago 8 years 6 months ago #1410 by Ted
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New com­ments about my babies:

Sev­eral came to the front this morn­ing look­ing for food (moina). I have started Brine Shrimp to, to sup­ple­ment.

The fish have long par­al­lel dark stripes the length of their bod­ies and very long pelvic fins (of the ones I have seen). Appear to have white-​ish dots or mark­ings along dor­sal and cau­dal fins (near the outer edges), but surely too young, to observe any­thing defi­nate.

Slowly drop­ping pH from 7.5.. tar­get­ing 5.5.. this will take at least a week.. drip­ping it into the tank.

Sorry if I’m over post­ing but this so much fun and inter­est­ing… you each have gone thru this too. Be patient and warn me if you see error in what I am doing.
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8 years 6 months ago #1411 by Peter Finke
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Go on post­ing, many will read with inter­est.
With my sp. Ampah, the pelvic fins have fil­a­ments of dif­fer­ent length. But there are two indi­vid­u­als (males) with very long fil­a­ments, too. The longest I have ever seen in licorice gouramis. The females’ are much shorter.

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8 years 6 months ago #1412 by RMP
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What shows up in the new fry that would prove some­thing about the species?

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8 years 6 months ago #1414 by Peter Finke
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“What shows up in the new fry that would prove some­thing about the species?“

Vigour, vital energy. No colours, no spe­cial infor­ma­tion about a species, but the fact that they live and thrive, pros­per. Hybrids (in most cases) if they ever leave their eggs are often weak, don’t feed, die soon. There maybe close hybrids of course that do well, but nor­mally they don’t. We know very lit­tle about this for Parosphromenus, however.

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8 years 6 months ago #1417 by Ted
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today was their first fresh brine shrimp day. I was able to con­firm 5 fish so I’m assum­ing 6 are still there. The males (at least 2) inten­si­fied their color a bit…basically just dark­ened up.

They pick at moina but feast on newly hatched brine shrimp. I did have to add a light layer of sub­strate. I noticed they spent as much time chas­ing moina reflec­tions on the bot­tom as they did eat­ing.

I am glad that Fil­a­men­to­sis is one of the less picky species and thank you for the recomen­da­tions! The learn­ing curve is slow but very excit­ing.

Adjust­ing the water is a night­mare. Been drop­ing in a lower pH slowly, got to 6.4 and it creeps back up to 6.7 (was 7.5) I think I’ll remove the mopani wood and try to find what is pre­vent­ing a lower pH. My guess is that the mopani wood is buffer­ing the pH. Still want tar­get a pH of 5.5 which seems to be sta­ble in a pas­tic bucket but some­thing in tank has to go.

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