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Old 08-01-2013, 05:44 PM   #81
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We do it every summer as a club.
Cool well I have a jewel cichlid pair an convict pairs that breed every 10 days. I also breed peacock cichlids but I wouldn't recommend them for that challenge. I feel like cichlids would better than guppies because they protect and look after their you g whereas guppies etc eat them.
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:56 PM   #82
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Cool well I have a jewel cichlid pair an convict pairs that breed every 10 days. I also breed peacock cichlids but I wouldn't recommend them for that challenge. I feel like cichlids would better than guppies because they protect and look after their you g whereas guppies etc eat them.
Realistically any fish is suitable to use so long as they can with stand the fluctuating temperatures . Sure I could have used convicts or Kribs but what am I going to do with a 4-5 hundred fry?! Not all livebearer are fry eaters Endlers, Platys, swords can typically be left with their fry with out issues.
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True and they need heat
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:22 PM   #84
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Well with the weather dipping down into the 40s at night I decided to pull all the fish and break down the pond. There was:

-32 Platties
-1 Giant Carbon Rili
-Metric ton of Ram's Horn Snails.

I think next year I need to get the plants started a little sooner so there's more cover and feed a little more. I only went up there about once a week which I think led to some cannibalism and possible fry death. It wasn't a very mature system so wasn't allot of micro organisms to support the light feedings. I have notes on what needs to change and I can't wait to start next year!
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How many platties did you start with?
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How many platties did you start with?
8 or 10 if I remember right.
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Not bad! What about next year if you get a whole bunch of Naja's grass for the fry? It would be perfect for the fry to hide in. Grows fast, it's a floating stem plant, and fairy cheap. Might help.
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Not bad! What about next year if you get a whole bunch of Naja's grass for the fry? It would be perfect for the fry to hide in. Grows fast, it's a floating stem plant, and fairy cheap. Might help.
I had a bunch of plants in there but they didn't take off the way I had hoped. I don't know of they got to much or to little light. It was on the side of the house and got direct sunlight from about 9:30 am to about 3-4 PM. I also put in ferts and root tabs in it so I know that's not the issue.
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