I don't disinfect after every batch, just after I see the hatch rate go down.
I use one. It definitely increases yield and even shortens the hatching period:I was thinking about placing a germination heat mat under the dish to see if that would increase the h
Holy mother of hatch success! I just prepared a batch last night and put it on a heat mat set to 80. 18 hours later, I have more than triple the amount that I usually get in 2 days.I use one. It definitely increases yield and even shortens the hatching period:
By the way, haven't you had MIA's before that reappeared miraculously?Update: I no longer have to worry about the possibility of having too many male apistos. The old bull is MIA in the porcelain bowl. He was the last of the original four a. borelli purchased by mail-order 14 months ago. Rather than undertaking a gruesome search and recovery for his body, I am instead removing the remaining three glo-fish zebra danio and letting the robust terrestrials growing out of the porcelain bowl make a feast out of him.
The danios are now here with the apisto grand-kid.
Yes! One of the disadvantages of the porcelain bowl is that it's next to impossible to see what's going on at the bottom of it. And, apistos have a habit of hiding out when they re not feeling well, that's true. It may be macabre to say this, but the one bit of hope I have is the fact that the bubbler has not flushed out a corpse and it's been a week already.By the way, haven't you had MIA's before that reappeared miraculously?
My latest theory is that there was a drop in the ambient room temperature when the building management turned off the heat at the end of April. It wasn't enough to cause any alarms to go off in my mind - from the high 70s to the low 70s. But maybe that was enough for the bacteria to stall? And I'm not sure what @dwalstad has to say about plant uptake of nitrites - it might not be as efficient as the uptake by bacteria?But indeed, where did those nitrites come from and why wasn't it consumed by the lucky bamboo and the floaters?
That's a very excellent point. My hypothesis is that there is something about nitrite uptake (whether it be by plant or bacteria) that allows it to build up very quickly, if the process is interrupted for any reason.And isn't the lucky bamboo very effecient for ammonia uptake leaving less to be transformed to nitrites?