And now it begins

Tom

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I just won these 50 eggs for $4.25USD

I am so excited to watch them hatch and raise them and then sadly sell them.
Tom
 

capekate

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Good luck Tom and congrats on your succesfull bidding! I went to your link you added in the post and checked it out. It looked simple enough eh? Looks like a lot of fun and possibly profitable as well for you. And those photos of the killfish.. hmm didnt realize there were such a nice assortment! very nice indeed.~ ;D 'Have fun'!!
 
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Tom

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Thanks, I am thinking of bidding on some more later dpending on how the first batch do and after I bid on 2 books for only a penny and I have seen them in stores going for about $10-20 each and I can get the two for a penny.
Tom
 

capekate

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It now all depends on their shipping method. Will these eggs survive the trip? Have you checked out the sellers feedback? That can let you know if they have happy satisfied buyers/customers. I found that ebay has ALOT of aquarium supplies and yes, books are well worth shopping for there, as they can be pretty expensive in the stores.
Its another great place to find aquarium decorations.. rocks...wood...the list goes on forever!
Good luck! ~ kate
 
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Tom

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capekate said:
It now all depends on their shipping method. Will these eggs survive the trip? Have you checked out the sellers feedback? That can let you know if they have happy satisfied buyers/customers. I found that ebay has ALOT of aquarium supplies and yes, books are well worth shopping for there, as they can be pretty expensive in the stores.
Its another great place to find aquarium decorations.. rocks...wood...the list goes on forever!
Good luck! ~ kate
The seller has only 100% positive feedback and they said that the eggs are in the 'dry season' of their life right now, which means that the eggs will be fine to shipother wise they would hatch and they would all die. If you know anything about killifish, the annual ones lay the eggs in the substrate in the end of the wet season and then the pond dries up and kills the parents but when the rain comes again a few months later the eggs get wet and start to hatch. If you couldn't tell, I have done my reaearch on these fish to ensure they will be brought up in the best habitat I am able to provide for them.
Tom

Which one should I buy next?



Tom
 

Radcliffe

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Oooh I have been so tempted by those auctions! Please let us know how it goes?
 
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Tom

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Will do, so if you want you can order some for yourself.
Tom
 

COBettaCouple

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Cool pickup! Those will make great pics as you raise them.
 
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Tom

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I know. When they get big enough I would put them in the 10 gallon with the amano shrimp if they won't get eaten and then from there, they will either go to the pet store or ebay. Which one of the 3 that I posted, do you think I should try and bid on next? He would combine the shipping if I order more.
Tom
 

COBettaCouple

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Tom said:
I know. When they get big enough I would put them in the 10 gallon with the amano shrimp if they won't get eaten and then from there, they will either go to the pet store or ebay. Which one of the 3 that I posted, do you think I should try and bid on next? He would combine the shipping if I order more.
Tom
hard call, they're all great.. but i'd go with the 3rd one myself.
 

Radcliffe

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Tom said:
Will do, so if you want you can order some for yourself.
Tom
Perfection!
If I do start up a 4th tank, I think Killifish would be a great project for it!
Everything I have read about them has been really tempting!

 

capekate

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nice pics! ahh.. lets see.. hmm...I'm partial to ebay lot #2 with the bright yellow and then the bright red/orange on the tail. It justs pops out at me, and also reminds me of the playts. 3# is awsome for sure, the the blue markings and longer fins. How I wish the LFS had a nice selection like those, I would definitly want a few of them. Good luck on the bids! ;D
 
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Tom

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Radcliffe said:
Tom said:
Will do, so if you want you can order some for yourself.
Tom
Perfection!
If I do start up a 4th tank, I think Killifish would be a great project for it!
Everything I have read about them has been really tempting!
I might get a used 10 gallon for the job of holding the fry after they hatch, unless one of you know if amano shrimp will eat them or not.
Tom
 

COBettaCouple

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I'm not sure on the shrimp, but murphy's law of fish says they'll eat whatever you don't want them to. ..actually, I read an account of them trying to eat smaller fish here: .
 
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Tom

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I guess I will have to buy another empty tank then when I go and pick up my new canopy some time this week. ;D ;D
Tom

Edit:
I just read an article on wikipedea that stated that the killifish will eat the larvae of mosquitoes and where there is a lack of killfish, there is an outbreak of malaria. So I could put the fish out side with an uncovered tank and let the mosquitoes lay eggs and then get eaten by the fish and we won't really see any mosquitoes again this year. (As long as we don't have another outbreak of wasps like last year)
 

capekate

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Tom said:
I guess I will have to buy another empty tank then when I go and pick up my new canopy some time this week. ;D ;D
Tom

Edit:
I just read an article on wikipedea that stated that the killifish will eat the larvae of mosquitoes and where there is a lack of killfish, there is an outbreak of malaria. So I could put the fish out side with an uncovered tank and let the mosquitoes lay eggs and then get eaten by the fish and we won't really see any mosquitoes again this year. (As long as we don't have another outbreak of wasps like last year)
Good luck with a natural repellent! lol.. Hope your killifish don't get too fat haha...
 
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Tom

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I hope we have some mosquiotes so they can at least get a supplement instead of just the usual food I would feed them. I still haven't heard any word on if they came into the country or not yet. I hope they come in soon.
Tom
 
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Tom

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The eggs finally came. The container the fry/eggs will stay in is huge and it came with a lot of food for the little guys.
Tom
 

Radcliffe

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Oh yay! Glad to hear thye got here safe and I look forward to hearing abut your new fry!

--R
 
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Tom

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I put the water in as soon as I got them at lunch a few hours ago and when I came home to look at the progress, I saw one little tiny very tiny 'fry'. I am not sure if it is a fish or the food that came with it and got in with the fry by accident or not, either way I am very happy and excited.
Tom
 

COBettaCouple

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Tom said:
I put the water in as soon as I got them at lunch a few hours ago and when I came home to look at the progress, I saw one little tiny very tiny 'fry'. I am not sure if it is a fish or the food that came with it and got in with the fry by accident or not, either way I am very happy and excited.
Tom
well congrats on the super tiny 'fry' and hope the endeavor goes great for you.
 
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Tom

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Thanks. When I looked later that night, I couldn't find the little one.
Tom
 

COBettaCouple

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Tom said:
Thanks. When I looked later that night, I couldn't find the little one.
Tom

well, they are good at hiding, hope he shows up again - bigger and in good shape.
 
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Tom

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I saw it again today but I found out it is really a larvae to an insect or something else. When I came home after school afternoon, I watched one of the fry hatching, and that is how I am able to make the assumetion the thing I saw yesterday is not a fish fry. The food also hatched today while I was at school.
Tom
 

COBettaCouple

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Tom said:
I saw it again today but I found out it is really a larvae to an insect or something else. When I came home after school afternoon, I watched one of the fry hatching, and that is how I am able to make the assumetion the thing I saw yesterday is not a fish fry. The food also hatched today while I was at school.
Tom
sounds like everything is hatching over there!
 
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Tom

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The only one so far is having some troble swimming since it is still fresh from the egg. It should be a free swimmer by the time I get home form football practice tonight.
Tom
 

lolagurl

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so I guess these killfish that you get will never be able to have babaies because they have to feel I guess like their life is being threatened to do it. They are really pretty fish..I am surprised theyre that pretty, they must in the wild have short lives, to depend on every season the pond drying up. are they freshwater fish. Also I thouht you werent allowed another tank so how are you going to raise them
 
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Tom

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What do you mean that they won't be able to have babies? Please explain. I am going to hatch them, let them grow for about 3-4 weeks, put them in the empty 10 gallon I had java ferns in, and sell them when they are big enough.
Tom
 

lolagurl

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well didnt you say that these killifish have their babies when the pond is drying up. So the parents die but the babies live and hatch when there is new water. I am simply asking, if you raised the fish lets say and kept them, would they be able to have babies, since in the wild it seems this is how they do it. OR can they lay eggs in the water, the entire time and the babies can hatch in the aquarium. so do the eggs have to dry up or no? I am just curious
 
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Tom

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The eggs have to be laid in the water. Then after about a week of them being laid, the pond/whatever dries up and the parents die. They(eggs) then must go through a 'dry' season where you just take out the peat and let it dry for about 24 hours and then bag it so it doesn't dry up any more, for about 6-8 weeks. After the weeks pass, add water to the container and wiat a few hours/days, and you should then see some fry swimming around. Sorry for the confusion. Hope it clears things up.
Tom
 

lolagurl

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o ok I get it now
 
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Tom

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The first hatched fry is swimming freely now and again but just doesn't have enough strength/energy to stay in a 'hovering' motion.
Tom
 

COBettaCouple

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Tom said:
The first hatched fry is swimming freely now and again but just doesn't have enough strength/energy to stay in a 'hovering' motion.
Tom
cool to hear that you have a free swimmer. hope it won't be long until he can hover. looking forward to pics of them.
 
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Tom

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Right no everything is doing great, the fry is swimming about an inch above the bottom and is eating the food I put in there for it. All is good over here.
Tom
 

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