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Re: Breeding fish in kiddie pools and stock tanks-II
Well the weather has been giving me a fit. Typically this time of year it is hot, but last week we had nights in the 50s and one night 50! The good news is the Endlers and Least Killies -LKs-hung over, the way too small, heaters at night and until mid-day. I pushed the sword and platy breeding traps as close to the heat as I could and it all seems to have worked out well. I have to be honest, this year's weather has been nerve racking.
P-1-Pools: Both the Orchards and Black Bars have well over 100 fry and the adults are eating as much as they can hold. I'm estimating the Endler females will all give birth again in the next two weeks and that will push the fry counts to well over 300 each. I have yet to see sword or platy fry, but I will keep looking for them until I find some. The LKs have tossed a few fry and the weather doesn't appear to bother them in the slightest. I see the corys every few days and they appear to be growing.
P-2 The crayfish are active and growing. I can see the little pathways they leave every morning and they seem to get around. Strange, they don't appear to have crossed each others path yet. No need for them to mate as they are marble crayfish and self-clone. The LKs have had the run of the pool for the first 3 weeks and are producing fry. Last year I learned it takes 8-10 weeks befor ethe LK population starts to explode. I currently have 12 females in there so imagin that tripling each month until October. I just added a dozen Orchard Endler females and two very nice males. I noted about 20 fry today.
Vat-1 is occupied by the Chilli Endlers. I picked out some really smoken males and will cull out all male fry for a month or two. This should help the over all bloodline. The few LKs have thrown fry and seem to be doing nicely.
Vat-2 Well here I decided to just toss in some odds and ends Endlers until I need grow out for the swords or platys. I decided to stock my oddball males as they have breathtaking color and electrify any tank. People like them so they will be sold or used as food for the belonasox.
To unoffically total it up, I have at least 250 Endler fry, 20-25 LK fry and a lot of tadpoles with legs. I still have another 25 brooder swords and 15-18 brooder platys to stock likely this week now that we should be past the weather. I'm really counting on the swords and platys to justify the cost this year, so keep your fingers crossed. I'll have photos later in the week.