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Aphanius mento
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mikev



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry for ignoring this thread --- how are the guys doing?

disclosure -- i was not in a mood to look at aphanius.... it appeared that I lost my group and that would have been upsetting... had them for three generations already. (a.iberus rather than a.mento -- smaller but similar).

no, no disease, simply no eggs for two months for no obvious reasons, and at least some of the fish obviously not old.

looks like a whew now, eggs started showing up. no idea at all what it was, maybe they thought it was the wrong season, or string algae made the difference....

never mind, it now looks like I lost two other groups, both more important Sad

but at least i can look at mento and think of another aphanius now. Very Happy
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Rob M



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're doing great! Want some eggs?

I only hatched the one group of 8. They are around 1/2"+ in size and starting to eat bigger foods. Funny to see them swim around with a bloodworm hanging out of their mouth, kind of looks like they're smoking a cigar Laughing

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mikev



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the offer ... maybe will ask you when it gets a bit warmer.

I'm not offering my iberus -- simply not interesting enough to offer, i only keep them because I'm accustomed to them.

but if you want say zags (zagnanano) eggs, you are welcome to them (itr is a small killie, 1", very colorful with long fins.. one of my favs).
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Rob M



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably going to move away from killies. Definitely no more annuals, don't like waiting 4-6 months for eggs to be ready to hatch. More exciting to watch paint dry Laughing

Haven't really looked into what is available for non-annuals. Not now though, need to get more tanks first.
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mikev



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

not now, still a bit to cold for eggs.

to give you an idea of zags:



not my video but it is the same strain and I cannot compete with this video quality. Sad

non-annuals, eggs hatch after 12 days, mature fully at 8 mo, require very little space (I have a group in 5g and backup group in 2.5g), easy to breed, tiny fry but very hardy and takes artemia right away. yet another 2.5g should have about 30 fry that I do not see ... they hide really well until they get to about 1/3".

the idea is to put some with rhinos -- not henches, but duospilus should be safe.

i have other chroms but these are perhaps the favorites.
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Rob M



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful fish. We'll see where I'm at in a few months.
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mikev



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob M wrote:
Beautiful fish. We'll see where I'm at in a few months.


if you do want them, remind me at the end of April or May, best time to ship... and I know they breed well now, who knows what will happen later.
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mikev



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS. The same guy has a bunch of other videos, including this chrom overview:

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Rob M



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The little mento males are starting to color up. Put in a mop but don't expect much for a month or so.



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Rob M



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob M wrote:
Put in a mop but don't expect much for a month or so.

It's official, I can not predict what my fish will do Laughing

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