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Post by bigcatman on Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:53 pm

I made a silly purchase today and bought a pair of Nothobranchius killies without doing any reserch on them only to discover they require salt in the water . I have other killies and they prefere soft acidic water so assumed they were all the same . I am not sure how they will do without salt in the water any advise would be much appreciated Thanks
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Re: Nothobranchius Killifish

Post by Kelly on Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:10 pm

If you keep your Nothobranchius Killifish in a strictly freshwater aquarium without any salt they will be prone to a lethal fungus which causes an illness known as “Velvet”. Nothobranchius Killifish are vulnerable to Velvet and can even die from it.

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Post by bigcatman on Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:54 pm

Thanks Kelly , unfortunately I dont have salt in any of my tanks ,dont know what to do as I wouldnt keep them in unsuitable conditions .
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Post by Guest on Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:59 pm

Between 0.5 and 1 tablespoon of salt should be added for each 4 litre of water in the aquarium.

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Re: Nothobranchius Killifish

Post by Kelly on Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:02 am

Would you not give it a go ? I've loads of salt here if you want to try it
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Re: Nothobranchius Killifish

Post by davey_c on Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:46 am

yea they need salt, did you check in your lfs for aquarium salt? if only a pair i wouldn't keep them together either. what type notho's did ye get? ye understand that being anuals they only have a small window for breeding and the male will die almost as soon as breeding stops? some aren't quite beginner fish but by getting a young pair you have a chance.
would be interested in your progress with them grin
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Post by bigcatman on Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:58 pm

I did alot of moving about today and freed up a 18 x 12 x 12 tank for them . I added some plants and a piece of bogwood . Havent added peat or salt yet but will do so . I am not too concerned about getting them to breed , just want them to have correct conditions . I think they are Nothobranchius Eggersi ,as I say it was an impulse buy as I just thought they were class looking . I will let you know how they are doing thumbs up
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Post by Kelly on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:31 pm

Great to see you are gonna have a go at keeping them, any updates
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Re: Nothobranchius Killifish

Post by bigcatman on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:50 pm

Never got doing anything with killis today , did a 36 gallon water change on my 8ft tank and 12 gallons on a few small tanks . I had done enough by that stage . Will try to get salt and peat this week thumbs up
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Post by Kelly on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:59 pm

Looking forward to seeing how you get on with these wee guys
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Re: Nothobranchius Killifish

Post by Kelly on Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:54 pm

Well how are they getting on now ?
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Re: Nothobranchius Killifish

Post by bigcatman on Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:28 pm

Hi Kelly still havent done anything with them , feeding will on bloodworm and shrimp , just havent had time to get salt or peat yet . I am going to make an effort to get stuff this weekend but wouldnt be surprised if I dont as wifey want to go xmas shopping yellow
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Re: Nothobranchius Killifish

Post by Jordy80 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:45 pm

Did the shop not tell you that they needed brackish water mate? chainsaw
I would say its essential info, its one thing pisses me off when they sell fish and don't consider the fish at all. Anything for a few pound. tongue
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Re: Nothobranchius Killifish

Post by bigcatman on Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:55 pm

No mate they didnt , but partly my fault as Ive been keeping fish for 30 years and should not have bought them without doing my research . Im looking some more killis but this time I will check out water requirements thumbs up
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Re: Nothobranchius Killifish

Post by davey_c on Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:17 pm

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Re: Nothobranchius Killifish

Post by bigcatman on Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:31 pm

Davey lost leads for my phone so cant put any pics up
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Re: Nothobranchius Killifish

Post by igmillichip on Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:00 pm

Although salt can be useful for keeping Nothobranchius, it is not essential.

What is more important is a stable water quality, good quality foods, and to be careful during the introduction of the fish. Incorrect introduction can either kill them through shock or trigger a rapid aging process.

Some species are more delicate than others, and some stocks in shops are simply pants waiting to die on their next move (ie into your tank).

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