[RML] Nothing really important?

Adrian R. Tappin (atappin at ecn.net.au)
Wed, 24 Jun 1998 11:00:52 +1000

The cold winds blowing off the Southern Ocean has sent a chill over much of
Australia (even chillier than that felt by Federal Politicians after the
recent Queensland State elections) with snow falling in some southern
States. Even up here in Queensland temperatures have plummeted. Yesterday my
min-max fishroom temperature was 17C (that's clickerty click F for you
unenlightened folk) with ground temperatures of 5C. Even Longreach in
outback Qld recorded a temperature of zero.

What has all this got to do with fish, I'm glad you asked ;-)

This morning I was watching my T'ville Blue-eyes in their fresh (unsalted)
water spawning. The males fins have turned a bright yellow-orange and the
reflective lateral line scales are glistening on and off. The posterior
portion of the lateral line is a brilliant purple and flashing on and off as
they display to the females and swim around the tank. They are certainly
enjoying their larger 90 cm tank. The blue ring around their eyes is
dazzling and all this in pure freshwater and a temperature of 17C.

My boesemani are all coloured up and enjoying the cooler temperatures as
well, and even my corydoras have become overly active (maybe they're trying
to keep warm) However, the Goyder Rivers are all huddled together in the
corner like a crazed football scrum, rubbing their pectorals together.

Adrian.
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Adrian R. Tappin
"Home of the Rainbowfish"
http://www.ecn.net.au/~atappin/home.htm
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