Re: NANFA-- Elassoma Update

R. W. Wolff (
Sat, 15 May 2004 11:28:34 -0500

You might have a whole bunch of little ones in there. The first time
elassoma spawned for me was in a 2.5 gallong tank with spawning mops in it
and gravel on the bottom. I just fed them and that was it. When I finally
went to change water a few months later ( I know I know) I took out the
mops, netted the adults, and noticed things running around in the gravel. I
found all sizes of young, fry up to nearly a half inch.

I believe the young find plenty to eat off the mops ( or java moss) and
gravel. I tried raising small ones in bare fry tanks. A mistake. They died
within days. That was the first and last time I raised fish fry in this
manner. I didn't like it, but that was what so many did.

I think my record length of life was an evergladei from Tamiami canal. It
was a big adult male when I got him. He made it three years and a four
months after he was sent to me.

Elassoma are awesome!

Ray W.
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