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    Hello

    Here is a picture of one of the killies that I raised from one of those Miracle Fish Kits. I think it is a Notobranchius guentheri, but I'd love a more educated opinion on the matter.

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    I'm very new to the aquarium hobby and this was my first attempt at killies, and already I'd like to have lots more. But in the meantime I would like to try breeding these ones I already have. From the kit I raised twelve males and two smaller females. I am using Tyrone's killifish book which I downloaded as a guide - thanks Tyrone, it is excellent!

    I am looking for peat to use a spawning medium and all I've seen so far is peat that has been ground up almost into a powder. Is that OK to use or do I need peat with some fibrous texture. If so, does anybody know where I can get some.

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    i think maybe we should ask tyrone.. he is the local killi fish expert :)
     
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    Yip that a KILLI ;)
     
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    Hello,

    Yes, this is Notho. guentheri which is not very difficult to spawn.

    Palm peat fibre from your local nursery is cheaper than real peat and works just as well. I think I have covered the preparation of such peat in my book.

    Incubation of guentheri is between 4 and 12 weeks depending on temperature. The eggs should not be too difficult to spot when the peat is dried to the correct consistency.
     
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    Thanks for the ID. It's good to know for sure which kind they are and i am very fond of this bunch who are my very first killis and are really lovely fish to have.

    So I'm very sad to report that I lost the two females over the weekend. I was keeping them by themselves in the breeding tank and the thermostat on the brand new heater malfunctioned causing the water to get too warm.

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    I have twelve males left. If anybody has any surplus females I would be glad to buy them or swap for some males. Alternatively I am going to have to try to get some more eggs to raise and hope for some females.

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    sorry to hear..
     
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    I have spare females. R10 each. Collect only. Either at UCT Med School, or on arrangement at my home in Green Point.
     
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    That's good news, thanks. I will get in touch next week to arrange collecting them.
     
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    my girlfriend bought one of those miracle fish kits and we put the magic soil in the water and 2 or 3 days later boom... we had our first fish! and thats how i got hooked. 8 months later and i know have a 40l tank with 9 fish and guess what, that magic fish is in there aswell. dont ask me what it is coz i got no clue... i just call it a lucky packet fish hehehe 8) mine is still small and colourless i dont know how big its gona get and if its gona get colour??? but its cool and my girlfriend calls him JAWS! he is also the only fish in my tank with a name! lol
     
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    8 months old and no colour...defo a female....
     
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    hahaha so then i should tell my girlfriend to call her JAWSY...
     
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    I'd recomend Jawseline or maybe Jawsette.... ;D
     
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    Jawsy shore? :D
     
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    hahaha
     

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