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Old 09-05-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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Killifish Journey - video and pic heavy (56k)


Around a year ago when I was just getting into tanks I ordered a mixed pack of killifish eggs from Thailand. I was only able to successfully raise a single fish but boy was he beautiful. Since then I've done a bit more reading and decided I would try again.

Here's a video of my very first male from around a year ago, a Nothobranchius eggersi "blue" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2eU1UeYVkM

Here is a video journal of the most recent hatch:
Day 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoW3jdf3XyY
Day 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmo6bB7CJz0
Day 9 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h295XZP6vt8
Day 16 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HhFcdYsSMM
Day 19 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOX2_o1nlH4
Day 23 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLlb4kGXwBU
Day 25 in their new tank - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpIrThASA5k


I ended up with 14 on the first hatch of which I kept four and traded the other ten. Once my four get larger I'll take some stills. My camera doesn't have the best macro and they are still fairly small.

In addition to the eggersi "blue" I have also recently hatched out N. palqvisti and N. guentheri "red". They are developing much slower than the eggersi and are still very small but I'll post pictures of them as well in the near future.

Currently in transit are Nothobranchius rachovii "beira 98", N patrizii, N. eggersi "solid blue", N. eggersi "red", and N. foerschi.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:19 PM   #2
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Beautiful fish! They grow so fast!
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:43 PM   #3
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Thanks NQuaday. I would have to agree.

Here is my attempt at taking a few pictures but they just wouldn't stay still so pardon the blur.

Added another matching tank which is currently housing ~10 3 week old N. guentheri "red" and N. palmqvisti. Still waiting on plants for it.



In the infusoria but too tiny to see in the pics are ~20 additional N. guentheri "red" and N. palmqvisti, recently hatched.



And here are some pics of the four older N. eggersi "blue":



Next up to hatch out:

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Old 09-14-2012, 09:02 PM   #4
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Light came today

I'm hoping to keep these two tanks low light, low tech, and hopefully low maintenance so I grabbed a 35" 12x1w submersible LED strip by Beamworks. For $35, including the shipping on a 3' item, I thought it might be garbage but it actually appears to be very nice. Much more substantial than I imagined, a nice reflector on each LED, the adapter and cord fasten together with a water tight screw seal which really doesn't seem necessary as it's nowhere near the water...

Right now I'm waiting for the rubberized spray to dry on the DIY stand I built for it and then I'll have pictures of it above the tank.

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Awesome. This has been on my list of things to do for a long time now. I've always liked those fish.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:49 PM   #6
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Awesome. This has been on my list of things to do for a long time now. I've always liked those fish.
I really recommend it. Pretty amazing to see them hatch and even more fun to watch them grow. And they are pretty cheap to boot; The eggs cost ~$0.40 a piece and that includes the cost of shipping. Even if only a quarter of the eggs make it to adult hood that's $1.6 a fish and they are beautiful.

If you go for it here are my three recommendations:
1 - Start with a species that hatches out large such as N. eggersi.
2 - Buy a container of brine shrimp eggs. Many egg sellers include a tiny tiny amount of eggs but it's not really enough and running out of fish food when they have already hatched really blows. You can buy a several year supply of brine shrimp eggs for ~$10. Preferably get the San Fransisco strain as they are smaller than others although I have no problem feeding the discount larger variety. http://www.brineshrimpdirect.com/c2/...-Eggs-c24.html
3 - Make sure to wait till the eggs have eyed up before hatching. You want them as developed as can be before you hatch them - this has a large impact on how they survive the first week of life.

And of course don't lose hope if the first attempt goes poorly. I find the second attempt at hatching the same batch of eggs almost always goes better than the first.
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Update video: http://youtu.be/qhKJzLrb2m8

The guentheri have colored up and both tanks are now planted. I still need to figure out how to get rid of the piece of granite in the second tank but atm I have nothing more attractive to hold the wood down - Ooops.

Some stills of the guentheri:

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Very cool I love the fish breeding, hatching process because it is so interesting and fun. I was wondering how you like the light? Does it keep the tank low light and have there been any problems with it. Keep up the good work! Also what is it called and what brand light?
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Very cool I love the fish breeding, hatching process because it is so interesting and fun. I was wondering how you like the light? Does it keep the tank low light and have there been any problems with it. Keep up the good work! Also what is it called and what brand light?

Loving the light so far. Not sure the exact light level but I've been seeing fast growth on the onion plant and floaters, fairly quick growth of the crypts, and the anubis and moss are definitely growing as well. There's the tiniest amount of thread algae so I definitely think it's enough light for my tanks' needs - any more and I'd likely have to be pumping CO2. Of course keep in mind that those are only 5g tanks.

The light is made by BeamsWorks and is their 35" 12x1w white submersible LED light. BeamsWork is a Chinese company which seems to make a range of 'knockoff' aquarium lights. IMO and from others reviews they seem to be pretty nice. I purchased mine on evilbay from TopDogSellers.
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