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    Sim. picturatus

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    Below Sim. picturatus is the one of fish that I'm working on. I've collected some eggs from a pair and the next stage is to determine the incubation period. If I succeed, the Sim. picturatus would be available soon.

    Thay look like the Sim. magnificus but they have a more intense redness overall. A very rare and beautiful fish only recorded in 2000.

    Picture is taken very poorly please don't mind.

    Au SL

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    Re: Sim. picturatus

    Hello Au,

    This Sim. picturatus looks so beaufitul and I am drooling over it now. Can I place an order for the eggs after your collection??
    Lily Choo

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    Re: Sim. picturatus

    Oops...

    I mean beautiful...
    Lily Choo

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    Beaufitul???

    My, my, you sure know some unusual words, Lily

    Hey, Au, I got an email from a friend today that may throw some light on incubation periods. She sent an interesting story and although her fish aren't the Simp. picturatus, it may give you an idea how temperature affects egg development. She lives in the US of A. Here's her email:

    Hi KL,

    Hey, you won't believe this ... last January,
    I decided I did not have time to raise killies. I had 2
    tanks with N rachovii and A nigripinnis that had peat
    in it. When I decided to stop breeding them, I moved the
    fish to other community tanks. I never saw them
    breeding, so I figured the peat didn't have anything in it.
    But just in case, I bagged the peat using the instructions
    on your website, tossed it in a closet and forgot about it.

    A few weeks ago (6 months later!), I was cleaning the
    closet and found the peat, and put it on my dining room
    table. Yesterday, I was cleaning the dining room table.
    What to do with that peat? The eggs could not possibly
    be viable by now. But just in case, I put the peat in some
    old tank water, then went out for a medical appointment.

    2.5 hours later, I returned and walked past the peat. What
    hell?!!!! There's something moving. Damn! I could not
    believe it. BOTH peat/water had loads of FRY!!!

    Come to think of it, KL, that could be a useful data point
    for you. I kept the eggs double-bagged in a closet, stored
    just as you recommend on the website. The temperature
    from February to May was in the mid-50s F (~13 C) to
    mid-60s (~18 C). June to July was low-mid 70s F (~24 C).
    Those are typical indoor temperature ranges for people
    in colder climates who have heating and air-conditioning.
    It could be a useful guideline for incubation times for
    people who have moderate winters. A nigripinnis had lots
    of fry, N rachovii seemed fewer but enough to make it
    very exciting. :-)

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    Does this look like Magnificus???
    Lyon I would rather walk a thousand leagues then to see your ugly face

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    Thanks for the reference Kwek Leong. In the states, where I got my eggs from have a incubation period of 6 months. I realise that the incubation period is similar to that of the Notho. rachovii which is only 2 months at 29deg C. I just want to be sure before I start to distribute the eggs to fellow hobbyist here. In fact I have collected about 200 eggs for the past 3 weeks. If I'm correct on the incubation period (2 months) I'll have my first hatches in early Sept.
    Au SL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Au SL
    In the states, where I got my eggs from have a incubation period of 6 months. I realise that the incubation period is similar to that of the Notho. rachovii which is only 2 months at 29deg C. I just want to be sure before I start to distribute the eggs to fellow hobbyist here.
    Hi Au, both the Simp magnificus & picturatus are very beautiful fishes, rivalling the N. rachovii Beira 98 and not as prone to velvet. I've gone down the road you're on and from what I've gathered then, the picturatus has a somewhat shorter incubation.
    http://fins.actwin.com/killietalk/mo.../msg00264.html

    In fact I have collected about 200 eggs for the past 3 weeks. If I'm correct on the incubation period (2 months) I'll have my first hatches in early Sept.
    That's great! If you can keep a log of breeding method, incubation times, hatching tips etc, it'll be a good reference for the next local hobbyist (so we don't have to keep guessing all the time!! :wink: ).
    I'm back & keeping 'em fingers wet,
    Ronnie Lee

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