It's in the eyes

Discussion in 'Breeding Tropical Fish' started by Arc Katana, Dec 7, 2010.

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  1. Arc Katana

    Arc Katana Fire Worm

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    I pulled the eggs last night - they are in the hatch/grow tank now. If anything the eggs are turning more and more silver as they get ready to pop. There are quite a few documented hatches out there, but I couldn't find any specific to this species. There are a lot of four and five day hatch times, so this would be day four (or possibly five - they might have been laid the day before I found them).

    They should spawn about every seven to 10 days, give or take a day. I did pull their flowerpot, so I'll stop by the store today before work and get another one to replace it.

    I bought a trio of these guys in March of this year. The male killed the other one (drove him out of the tank). The funny part is these guys for a LONG time were stuck in a 3g plastic tank, fed maybe once every other day with next to no filtration. I'd guess the pair is at least a year, year and a half old.

    And no worries about questions :D
     
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  3. Arc Katana

    Arc Katana Fire Worm

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    Well due to my air stone line crimping there was no oxygen moving over the eggs for at least 12-15 hours - all the eggs have been over taken with fungus. Guess I'll have to wait for next week to try again!

    Thanks!
     
  4. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    How unfortunate.

    Fugus really causes problems that quickly hmmmmmm.

    Well good luck on the next attempt.


    :)
     
  5. BoBo65

    BoBo65 Torch Coral

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    man that sucks just like a rollercoaster you brought me up then just dropped me down :-/ gl with the next batch :p
     
  6. dellyjoe

    dellyjoe Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    are they clowns or ....
     
  7. Arc Katana

    Arc Katana Fire Worm

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    Nope, they are damsels. Same family, different Genera and Species. The larva are also about 1/3 the size of clown larva as well.
     
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  9. Arc Katana

    Arc Katana Fire Worm

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    Haven't updated in a long time - figure its time :)


    The damsels are laying about every 7-8 days now, and each nest is getting bigger and bigger. The second was about twice the size of the first - close to 1500-1750 eggs!

    With the holidays and work I haven't really tried to raise them, but I did get about a 95% hatch rate from the second batch.

    Shot of the second nest compared to the first:

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    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Best of luck on raising to adult size.
     
  11. Arc Katana

    Arc Katana Fire Worm

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    Update - looks like they laid these about four days ago - some of these little guys look like they want out!

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  12. Arc Katana

    Arc Katana Fire Worm

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    The eggs were put into a black round tub with phyto and A. tonsa copepods. I'd normally try rotifers but these guys are about a third the size of clownfish larvae, and rots would be too big for them anyway. I do have a pretty good (5-6M) size culture of pods in there, so hopefully there will be enough for them to eat.

    If not, try try again!