NANFA-- Re: I hate the Cold

Mach Fukada (
Fri, 30 Jan 2004 08:37:59 -1000 (HST)

This is Mach Fukada, from Kula Maui. I know many of you folk on this list
from the other various mailing lists, but for those of you who don't know
me, I am a native resident of the State of Hawaii and have been breeding
all sorts of fish for the past 20 or so years (being 34 this year and
all). I primarily work on killifish and rainbows and do deal with a few
natives. My intrest in native fish is a result of moving to Kula, our
winters it is not uncommon for it to get to the 40 F range and most of the
fish that I bred in Honolulu did not work. I do get to fool around with
some neat fish and have been trying to get rid of the heaters. i have
developed a good method for producing Moina, even in my cold months. Of
course I do have some desire to breed marine fish and also keep a culture
of marine rotifers, micro algae, etc. So i do a little of everything and
have been enjoying this list

I hate the cold as well. But then cold is subjective. For me anything
under 70 F is cold. 50 F is almost unberable and high 30 F is misrable.
But then being in Hawaii, to get away from the cold is just a 20 mile
drive down the mountain to the coast where it can be inthe 80 F range and
humid. We have already had snow on the Mountains this year (not on my
island). But I can't complain it is enough for the fish that need cool
periods to trick them into breeding in the spring. Goldfish are doing
their thing already. The rainbow shiners were non-stop all winter. I
can't wait until the tank is full of them all showing spawning colors. It
seems they are more often triggered by a weather front moving in than
anything else. I need to see if other shiners are the same, in this
regards. Any ideas if other chub nest spawners will be the same?

Another note in I meant to chime in when we were chatting about over
wintering fish. I found that I can creat several microclimates in the
fish room depending on what shelf I put the fish onto. The top shelf's E.
okefenoke are nice and fat eating and showing big mirror spots, the ones
on the mid shelf are eating but not growing a bit skinny and all dark.
The fish on the bottom shelf have stopped eating. the ones onthe top
shelf are huge and chubby. I amnot sure if they are spawning. i need to
check the tank and give them a water change.....

Anyone want some shiners?
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