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So adorable, look at 'em all!

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post #32 of 159 (permalink) Old 04-05-2014, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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well, here's something i've never noticed before....
largest fry have conglomerated towards the center of the tank, smaller fry more on the periphery. found 3 dead bodies today-- wasnt lack of food and the water is still good (been adding in 200mL of water every day since free swimming). i suspect it has to unfortunately be due to behavioral issues. certain fry are intimidated by food and do not attack it, end up inadvertently starving themselves to death.
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pics. for the 5 day mark.
noticed some of the fry sporting orangish coloration already (can only be noticed overhead). majority are greyish/white.




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*Sighs. I'll be watching this spawn. Love the colors. I'm dying for one of the babies.

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one week old. here's a shot of the largest of the bunch:


is it just me, or is this fry coming up a little orange?


more babies. yes, it's probably time to use the good ol' turkey baster
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How big was your tank for this spawn?

I guess this questions goes out to all the breeders: what's a great tank to raise the fry to 8-10 weeks for about 50-100 fish? I bought a 20 long a couple of days ago just in case.

Also, Amphirion, what are you using to siphon debris from the bottom of the tank? Does it hurt the fry if you use airline tubing attached to a 5ml suction syringe?
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I'm currently using a plastic filing box- appx 10 gallons. The tank is currently almost filled halfway now. The ability for fry to locate food is critical during this time as most fry mortality in my experience is due to starvation. I would argue that 10 gallon tanks would be best to start off because 1) there is more than enough space for them for the first 4-6 weeks and 2) I could put less food into the tank to achieve the same coverage to ensure fry get their vittles. If I did the spawn from scratch using a 20, I'd be looking at depositing 2-4x the amount of food into the tank to get the same coverage I got using a 10.

I'm using a turkey baster to remove litter from the tank. Smaller pipettes could be used as well. As long as the suction from your syringe is not extreme, your fry should be fine.
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I've been thinking of breeding in a tub? What's your opinion from that?

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like a bathtub? or like a large rubbermaid? i'd say go for it. it's not pretty but it works. again, you will most likely need to create substantial food cultures to ensure that the fry have access to sufficient food at any given area in the tank. plus once when you're done with multiple projects, you can consolidate the bins by stacking them-- you cant do that with fish tanks...

this is what i've been using: http://www.officedepot.com/a/product...Mrz2:17h4h7ceo
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Haha my bad, totally meant a rubbermaid / plastic tub.
those are some good points.

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