LOGIN

RSS Facebook Twitter YouTube
GLOSSARY       

SEARCHGLOSSARY

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

PROFILESEARCH

Aphanius question

Home Forums Fresh and Brackish Water Fishes Aphanius question

This topic contains 0 replies, has 1 voice, and was last updated by  mikev 5 years, 5 months ago.

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 35 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #302282

    mikev
    Participant

    I noticed Aphanius eggs listed on Aquabid… not a fish I’m familiar with but I’m guessing (after reading pretty nice SF profiles :D) not that different from West African Killies?
    Any recommendations as far as the more interesting/attractive species to try? Available are anatoliae, danfordii, iberus and persicus.

    #348402

    Matt
    Keymaster

    I’ve only experience with A. anatoliae and A. iberus Mike but of those I think A. iberus would prove the least aggressive and best for a smaller tank. Are there any population details attached to the eggs?

    They’re not so different to West Africans but it’s important not to maintain them at a constant temperature so keep them unheated. Don’t worry about winter – all my Aphanius are outdoors and spend time under ice each year.

    You’ll also need to provide a suitable spawning medium for which synthetic mops are fine – light colours tend to work better than dark since the adults are voracious egg-eaters.

     

    Edit: one other thing, A. persicus is now known as A. farsicus.

    #348404

    mikev
    Participant

    Thanks Matt, You know infinitely more than I do….

    How bad is the aggression? (I don’t see much from my Ap/Fp species… the only problems so far were a couple of overly aggressive males but putting two more males with them seems to pacify them.)

    Populations:
    anatoliae kovada kanal, danfordii Soysalli, iberus Alt Emporda and persicus Barme Shoor springs.
    The eggs come from Germany, so if these are of interest to you, you have much better chance to get them in good shape…check AB for seller=Ripchen3.

    #348422

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Cheers Mike but not for me. No room for more fishes at the moment. 🙂

    Aggression depends on species – I’ve had A. mento males kill each other and I suspect that A. anatoliae would do the same in smaller tanks. A. iberus and A. transgrediens, on the other hand, have been relatively peaceful and though males do chase each other that’s as far as it tends to go.

    You going to give them a try?

    #348433

    mikev
    Participant

    Thanks Matt — glad I waited for your clarification on aggression before bidding! 😎

    I really should not…. no space…. but I have a strong urge to try a non-African killie, and there are not that many interesting options. 😳

    #348481

    mikev
    Participant

    OK… I did go ahead with iberus… let’s see what happens (eggs from overseas are obviously iffy…)
    He added one more species,
    http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/auction.cgi?fwkillifishe&1342367087

    #348556

    mikev
    Participant

    OK… I have the eggs… So far looks quite good, 3 days travel from Germany, eggs shipped in water 😎 (I never never have good results with peat) and I can see some development.

    Now I read your profile more carefully. Question: 7.0+, 150 ppm, my default, is too soft for them? (I can use something harder/more alkaline, if needed).

    Matt, one more question if I may: if these hatch ok (1 week?), I’ll probably order another one (not all, of course)… any one in particular is more worthy for the sake of profiles?

    Incidentally, I asked the vendor about aggression… he claims none of his species are.

    #348559

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Not especially Mike, these are all well-established lines. A. farsicus and A. transgrediens are the ones I’d recommend if only for their conservation status.

    Water conditions shouldn’t be too important as long as it isn’t too soft – my friend Roberto did an experiment with A. iberus, beginning with a few adults in a tank with fully fresh water, into which was tipped a full 1 kg bag of marine salt. Fish just carried on swimming as though nothing had happened.:D

    A. iberus likes it quite chilly in winter and will go semi-dormant, feeding only on warmer days. We’ve found that wild ones physically burrow into the substrate during the coldest months. If you keep them at a constant temperature they may initially pump out the eggs but eventually both lifespan and fecundity will be affected.

    #348564

    mikev
    Participant

    Thanks, Matt,

    I will see what I can do about winter. I probably have exactly the right climate, maybe it is the time to set up a pond.

    #348573

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Hoiw cold does it get in winter where you are Mike?

    #348577

    mikev
    Participant

    I think it is about the same as Western Europe… some days below zero, maybe 20-30 days with overnight lows below zero…
    I’m guessing that a sufficiently large pond will not freeze but a 5g-10g tank left outdoors might, so I need to find a heater that can be set to 5C,… hopefully such things exist. I’ll do some asking, I’m sure others did this.

    #348579

    Matt
    Keymaster

    I use 90 litre plastic tubs and the fish are ok year-round – no problem for them to survive under 2-3″ of ice for short periods. Agree a small tank might not work though. Pond would of course be preferable!

    DSC_0731.JPG

    #348582

    mikev
    Participant

    Ok… this is becoming clearer now, thanks!

    Are you aerating these tubs at all? A possible solution that occurred to me is to simply aerate with an air pump running indoors. 70F air bubbles should both prevent ice formation and raise the water temperature a bit. (I know that an opposite setup: running an indoor tank from an outdoor pump is used by some people to cool tanks, in fact this also may be a solution for me.)

    #348583

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Nope, no aeration at all though doesn’t sound a bad idea. We’re considering using one or two huge air pumps at the delta site.

    #348588

    mikev
    Participant

    All right… this is not an immediate issue, and if read your profile correctly I should be able to raise them indoors and even breed once before the cold weather starts.
    Does not seem like all that difficult a fish… I had 12 hatches out of 15 promised eggs (very impressive score, especially for overseas), and the oldest two (from yesterday) eating artemia. :D
    …..

    Hmm… your tubs are not covered? does this mean they are not psychotic jumpers like typical killies are? This would be nice.

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 35 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.