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Enneacampus ansorgii, a little freshwater pipefish
January 1, 2014
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Ferrika
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Since ~four month I have again a little group of Enneacampus ansorgii. I began with 6 animals. Actually I have round about 90.....

They seem to respond to the enriched Artemia nauplii with extreme reproduction. Currently I get about every 3 weeks 30 pups.

But they are really cute, this pipefish babies. And quite a sight when they sit to so many together or dance with each other ....

 

 

 

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January 1, 2014
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Wow! I love those Jutta! Thanks for sharing.

January 2, 2014
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Fantastic! How old are the ones in the first video?

January 2, 2014
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The larger one in the first Video are 3 weeks old, the little in the ground 3 days :-)

Jim, it's my joy too, to show them. I can't get enough of their dancing.

greets Jutta
January 2, 2014
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Very nice, very tempting... and I assume impossible unless one maintains daphnia?

January 2, 2014
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Mike, I'm feeding with Artemia nauplii the most time. Sometimes with bloodworms and white mosquito larvae. At the time I'm waiting for a special Artemia breeder named "nauplistar". Thus, the nauplii are bred in the aquarium directly and always delivered immediately after hatching to the aquarium water. So you can leave the needles sometimes 2 or 3 days alone.
I'll report back how well it works when I got the thing.

greets Jutta
January 2, 2014
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When you have a moment, some specifics please... how much artemia is needed? (I'd guess A LOT? -- like running a separate hatchery just for these guys?) Bloodworms, white mosquito larvae: frozen or live?

January 2, 2014
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Only live, Mike. The don't eat dead food and no worms like Grindal or something else.

Artemia... how much? I'm breeding every day two teaspoon for all my fishes. That are a lot at this time. About 300 pups of C. eremius, 60 R. cf. lungwoensis, 60 R. cf. nandujiangensis and 90 pipefishes. Additional the adult animals. Not to mention the mudskippers (at this time 36 P. novemradiatus).

I think, for a group of 6 - 10 pipefishes will be needed a half teaspoon for two days. Not more.

greets Jutta
January 2, 2014
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Please define "teaspoon"... are you talking about the cysts you hatch (dry weight)? My current production is 3/4 teaspoon of cysts daily for all my fishes that need/like it (mostly fry, but also blue eyes and killies that spawn better when fed artemia, plus unfortunately I have to feed r.zhoui adults too,.. bizarre problem there :( ) ... but this is barely enough, so I would need a dedicated hatchery then...

I'd definitely like to try them one day... not immediately, they are not available now (Doryichthys martensii are, but I think they are even harder...)

January 2, 2014
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Yes. Mike, I mean cysts. Do not forget that Artemia nauplii are the sole food for two days with me. Mosquito larvae there are only three times a week. And from time to time daphnia (but very small).
greets Jutta
January 4, 2014
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Jutta, I would be interested in hearing more about your routines for Artemia enrichment. How many hours after the cysts have hatched do you start to enrich them, for example?

January 4, 2014
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Oaken (I don't know your name, sorry), I give the enrichment always after 12 hours in the bottle. The enrichment prevents, among other things, also that too many nauplii die, because they actually start to eat after 8 hours.

If it is interesting for you, I not only richer in with Selco S. presso, but add extra vitamin C and vitamin B complex (both in powder form). As a result, the animals develop a very strong and healthy connective tissue, do not get fat, and evolve quite fast and healthy. Their life expectancy is thus much longer (as I can see with my Rhinogobius giurinus). And their proliferation joy is increased :-)

For one bottle I give a drop Selco S. presso and additional an appropriate amount of one drop vitamin powder (mixed) in it.

greets Jutta
January 7, 2014
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The videos are super-cool, thanks for sharing Jutta. :)

Do you think we could put together a beginner's guide to Artemia enrichment for the site?

Cake or death?
January 7, 2014
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We can try it, Matt. I think, we will manage that already ;-)

greets Jutta
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I am looking for these all over the United States with absolutely no luck whatsoever ! The last time they were imported here was over a year and a half ago.. 

 

Are you still working with these fish?! 

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