Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: SFran Bay Area, CA
killies in office "bowl"
You ask: Can Killies thrive in a nano set up? ...in a word: ABSOLUTELY!!!!
At my office, we are allowed "fish bowls" but not "aquariums." SO what did I do? I made a filtered (Red Sea NANO model), heated (the new Hygro brand flat mini-heater) 1/2 globe flower vase (0.75 gal) into a small (nano) planted "bowl" with lighting. In it I placed extras / scraps I collected from my "big aquariums ONLY" buddy and from a LFS.
-- placed in the bowl, a small aquaium wood scrap and tied (with a dark cotton thread) a small off-shoot sprig of nana anubias and a little java moss.
-- threw in some millfoil (I think its called?), small clump of riccia and frog bite for overhead cover.
-- planted a $2 crypto in the corner (2 Xs). 1st plant died down to roots. 2nd one started to do so but added SeaChem liquid fert and it stablized. Both seem to be coming back now (2 months later), yikes.
About 6 weeks ago, I was given a pair (M+F) of Cape Lopez Lyretail Killies (A. australe), 1st fish in the bowl other than an otto. I was a little concerned since the bowl was still cycling & stablizing (millfoils were just starting to root, etc.). But I thought the conditions were probably good enough (pH, KH, etc.). I now have at least 8 known sizes (generations?) of fry. The parents are at it almost every 3rd day.
And, I'm trying to figure out what to do with so many Killies in such a small bowl. ...like, When to fish them out? ...setting up a transport mechanism (away from the office). ...distro to LFS, etc.