RE: NANFA-- keeping pygmy sunnies alive?

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Tue, 11 Feb 2003 12:30:20 -0600

Dustin wrote -

>>>I keep all of my pygmies in 2-5 gal tanks with no filtration. I have
them all heavily planted with either java moss or hornwort....I have had
luck feeding frozen bloodworms, but only if the fish can see the food as it
is released into the water....used to use sponge filters for filtration....I
keep them by themselves, mostly because I am interested in getting them to
breed....Another good idea to keep in the pygmy tanks are snails. The adults
and the fry pick at the baby snails and eggs.<<<

Jan writes -

My setup for E. zonatum is almost identical - 5 gal tank, moss, sponge
filter, frozen brine shrimp and frozen bloodworms, lots of snails. After my
fish were habituated, they would pick up non-moving food from bottom. In
this part of the country, pygmies are believe to be annuals, but a pair of
adults I collected from the Little Tallahatchie lived longer. They were
collected 16 Dec 98; one died 07 Jan 01,the other 03 Mar 01. They never
spawned but their lives were long and satisfying.
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