In the past week, I have begun to harvest a few eggs from my A. australe (orange), Pachy. sakaramyi and Fp. gardneri Makurdi. I haven’t pulled the peat from the N. guentheri or any of the other annuals I have set up, but there looks like there has been some activity. It’s been a long time since I was excited about my fish breeding. I have eggs coming from a couple of sources, E. dagti and N. foerschi. I hope to have both those species up and running shortly.
My white worms are producing just enough so I can harvest a few for my breeders, but I am still searching for a daphnia starter culture. I used to be able collect daphnia locally, but I will have to find a new source for them to get a starter going in my tubs at home. I definitely would like to do this. Fortunately, I have brine shrimp eggs from the past and even though the hatches have not been great, they are enough to feed fry when they come and have enough left over to add to my adult fish’s diet. Surprisingly, several of my fish are taking dry food better than I remember.
I am going to have to find a small, inexpensive refrigerator and/or a freezer so I can get a few starters of microworms (or banana worms, etc.) and I need to find some vinegar eels. Once I have all of those in place I will really be ready for the fry I know are coming. I know I can get most on Aquabid, but, C’mon … those prices are ridiculous. I live too far from any aquarium clubs to make the trip without a better reason than to ‘maybe’ find some cultures … I guess I will simply need to wait until an auction is within reach.
I still have to take a number of ‘sit-down’ breaks while I work in the fish room, but I am getting a bit better. It has been a learning process for me – just how much stamina I have, etc. I had a nuclear stress test this past week and have not heard from my doctor’s office yet, so I am thinking that it showed my situation is good or maybe even improved. I am playing golf today and Wednesday and starting to push myself a bit more to walk. I really need to get back to decent health.
Until next week!