I just discovered a drop of Skiffia lermae in my 20 gallon and was wondering if there is anything special about the fry care that I should know. The fry are about the size of 2 week old guppies and are swimming about fearlessly in a tank with 5 adults. There is a nice big clump of java moss in the tank if the fry should need the cover but they seem to not care much about the adults. I will be feeding them the usual flake supplemented with microworms.
Congrats on the fry. If I knew I would help you. I would imagine they would be like any other Goodeids. Sorry I wish I could help you. I looked them up and they are very beautiful fish. Congrats again.
I have several other goodeids but was just looking for anything unusual about their needs that anyone might have. My X captivus are going to their summer home tomorrow if the water is warm enough. My summer tub has been full for a week so I can go measure the temp tomorrow and decide if it is warm enough for them yet. For those fish, if it is over 65F they are going to summer camp. It is far too warm here in summer for my Skiffia but the X captivus should do well out there. Last year my Z eisenii came back in during October just radiating good health.
It is a mixed blessing to put them outside. In a tub container like mine, I just need to trust that they are doing alright until I decide to bring them back inside. I feed some of the time and let them eat mosquito larvae at other times. The water turns green enough that I seldom actually see them, but come fall they look better than ever when they come home from camp. If I provide enough food and cover in their tub, they often reward me with tons of partly developed juveniles too.
Lucky you are farther south than I am. My pond temperatures are right now fluctuating between 50-60deg f. I will start putting out my cold water fish, goodeids, when the water gets between 60-70deg on a regular bases, hopefully next week.
I don't want to hijack the post so let me say nice job on the drop of Skiffia lermae. They can be touchy fish. I haven't found any problem keeping the fry with the adults provided there is space for the fry to get out of the way of the adult fish in the tank.
I don't think that I would have any problem putting them outside in any container that was at least 100 gallons. Smaller containers do tend to heat up too much for most goodeids even in Michigan. Unless of course they are in the shade but then it is hard to grow any plants.
I have given up on smaller containers after a very bad year last summer when my 35 gallon tubes kept getting ripped up by some raccoons that were too smart to get caught in the humane traps I put out.
Anyway congratulations again on the Skiffia drop
Posted on: 2010/5/15 10:31
Patrick ALA Member Grand Valley Aquarium Club Member Grand Rapids MI
Thanks Thriftyfisher. My 150 gallon tub was at 60F this morning so I still need to wait a bit longer for my goodeids. I am becoming impatient but don't want to risk my fish until the temperatures are right. My tub is under a flowering crab apple tree so it does not get as hot as the temperatures around here often reach in summer. I know of no goodeid that would survive my summers in full sun.