Jerry......I think you meant Mike Wise but anyway your explanation sounds to me like you're ready to write a book......great recipe for keeping apistos! .....you are right about one thing though..........what works for you may not work for someone else......but I might add that also what works for me is probably not the only way it's done.....just how it works for me! You folks have a great day! Mike Mike Jacobs Center for Advanced Technologies High School Math Instructor St. Pete, Fl. ----- Original Message ----- From: <JerrCarol@aol.com> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2002 9:19 PM Subject: Re: One more ? about my aggies > Tony, > I believe Mike is more of an expert on the subject than I am. I am a fairly > new breeder and have had many spawns but, have also lost some fish too. > > Mike probably doesn't remember but, I use to bug him with questions in the > beginning including how do I get rid of this green water<G> Mike is a good > guy from what I can tell and much more learned on the subject. > > It's funny you mentioned about the tank. Seems my beautiful Flametail > spawned finally today after being here about a month. They were in a 20 long > with one other small double red female in the tank. > > I just so happen to get an order of Wild Cockatoos in today. I saw the > female Flametail out and looking yellow. Actually they don't seem to glow as > much as the regular female but, they look more yellow then usual with a dark > brown lateral stripe > . > She seem to be out in front guarding the pot. I looked in and sure enough > the pot was full of eggs. But, where were the other fish. > > They were behind another pot beat up. The male Flametail is now missing > part of his beautiful caudal. He is still alive and I'm trying to help him > along but, this is what I was talking about. This isn't the first time this > has happened to me or anyone else. > And yes there were places for them to hide. > > As far as RO/DI units go way back when I used the AquariumPham Tap Water > Purifier In Philly here where water TDS is about 250ppm it would make about > 35 gallons of DI water per 15.00 cartridge. They give you stuff to add back > so you wouldn't want to drop them down too quick. At least I don't. If your > talking a 50% change in one water change for me that's a quick drop. Like I > said in my previous post. In my 20 long I'm starting around 100-150 TDS with > also using Kent 6.0 for the initial startup. I let the fish settle for a week > or two. Then I usually do a 25% change every couple days until I see the fish > looking like it's in the mood. Then I stop a bit and see what happens. If > nothing then I start dropping a little more. The whole time just checking > with TDS meter and not adding any types of buffer. > > Some will disagree with this but, the ultimate answer I've gotten is What > ever works for me doesn't mean it will work for you. I read some books I > listen to people and oh yes I do pray and love my fish very much. Live food > is very helpful too. I would say a must but, that too is just my opinion. See > I won't take responsibility for anything.<G> And yes I do talk too much.... > Jerry... ------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is the apistogramma mailing list, firstname.lastname@example.org. For instructions on how to subscribe or unsubscribe or get help, email email@example.com.