NANFA-- ommata fry!

Mark B (
Tue, 3 Oct 2000 13:34:37 -0400

Hey! I was just peering into the omatta tank again, and guess what - there
are little fishes in there too! The tank is custom made, about 5 ft long
and 10 inches wide. It's totally loaded with water sprite and Java moss.
I saw two little ommata at the surface under the water sprite leaves. One
is about 1 cm. The other, smaller, maybe 8 mm. So, I'm guessing the "egg"
I saw was an _egg_! This is really cool!

Here's the details -
The tank has been left to vary with room temperature all summer, ranging
from about 73 to 80 deg F. It has one 48 inch flourescent tube that is
timed to be on from 5:30 am to 10:30 pm. There is an undergravel filter
with about 2.5 inches of fine gravel, driven by a Penguin 550 powerhead.
The current is strong at the one end where the outlet is, but the dense
plant growth makes the water calm in most of the tank. I have been feeding
Tetra cichlid flake food, freeze dried brine and bloodworms and a little
live baby brine shrimp now and then. There are also one or two grass
shrimp in the tank and some snails. I also noticed a hydra, which is
actually what drew my attention to the fry as it retracted, probably to
consume an artemia.

Mark Binkley
Columbus Ohio USA <))><

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