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Flame Tetra, Tetra von Rio etc.
June 28, 2013
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Last year I picked up a little group of these to put outside over the Summer. They did very well, always being active and having fat bellies, but in Autumn they had to come inside. They just went into a holding tank over Winter, and once (finally!) the better weather arrived I decided to put them back outside. Beforehand, just to have a go, a pair went into a spawning tank with a good clump of Java moss. Late next morning (about two hours after the lights went on) it looked like 30 females had been dropping eggs everywhere! We are talking easily several hundred from one female. Next day they were hatching and starting to hand on the glass, next day the first few were free-swimming, by the next all were. Tried another female with the same result, huge numbers, so a good number will be going outside into some tubs to grow on for the next three months, the rest will be grown on inside, will make a useful comparison.

Just add water.

July 1, 2013
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Let's see your outdoor tubs!

Cake or death?
July 1, 2013
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To replicate the appearance of my outdoor aquatic habitats, leave several large black buckets outside for a year and allow weeds to grow up around them. Scatter a few broken nets around, and leave various branches found by rivers sticking out at odd angles. In the foreground, leave crab and scallop shells as evidence of feasts past and finish with a garnish of a horse jawbone found while wading.

July 1, 2013
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So that's the key to success!

July 2, 2013
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If only we'd known. Cry

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July 2, 2013
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Done everything you said, just couldn't find a horse jaw bone! Do you think a lamb shoulder bone will do??? :-D

If you must insist on living in a box ...... at least do your thinking outside.
July 2, 2013
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Using non-equine décor would affect the Iwagumi of the whole display. If you used one of Lahm's shoulder bones I'd give you points for originality though, just before I call the Bundespolizei.

 

Did I mention the clothes pegs? My washing lines run above them, so there are quite a few pegs in there, and maybe the odd lost sock.

July 18, 2013
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One batch are now outside and doing extremely welll, growing at a similar rate to those inside. I have to keep removing water beetles which may have taken a toll, but I'm expecting to have a good batch of healthy fish by the time Summer is over.

Also outside are the Austrolebias which are now well over 2 years old, some cherry shrimps which have developed remarkable colour, two species of Gymnogeophagus and one of Corydoras, but most interesting of all to me, while cleaning a tank I found some eggs of a new Rainbowfish in some thread algae, not enough to raise on purpose so took the algae home and threw it in a spare tub with nice green water. They've hatched and are growing without any interference from me other than a splash of paramecium every now and then. Admittedly we are having particularly warm weather at the moment, but some nights have dropped down to be quite cool under clear skies without any issues.    

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