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Old 02-14-2011, 09:16 AM   #11 
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If you were running the sponge filter during the spawning this is most likely the reason......Males like the tank very still and private.....I would not retire him until you give him at least one more chance......

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Old 02-14-2011, 10:00 AM   #12 
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I have a blue VT that eats eggs every time he spawns.. so I tried artificial hatching.. thought I did everything right, but none hatched. After 4 tries.. he is now retired... and I think he is most likely infertile. He is still beautiful to watch though.
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:55 PM   #13 
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If the sponge filter is gently bubbling it shouldn't make much of a difference. He was probably threatened by something.
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:42 PM   #14 
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Thanks everyone...
I'll give him a few weeks to recuperate and try him again leaving the sponge filter off.
I really don't think there's anything else wrong with my setup that would've trigger the behavior but I did approach the tank to take ONE picture so he might've gotten upset over that. Ugh!
I'll keep away next time... learned my lesson!
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Old 02-17-2011, 02:00 AM   #15 
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This must have been frustrating... I'm sorry to hear about your loss and hope the male comes to his senses on the next try.
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Old 02-19-2011, 01:03 AM   #16 
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Lightbulb To Feed or Not to Feed...That is the Question

Does anyone like feeding their males in the breeding tank?

Some say to feed them full before you release the female then fast the male while he's tending the nest and fry. Feeding him will initiate his "eating response" causing him to eat not only the food you gave him, but also the eggs/fry.

An alternative view which works better on some males is to feed him consistent small meals so he doesn't get hungry enough to eat the eggs/fry.

Which works best for you all?
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:40 PM   #17 
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sometimes they arent even interested in eating if there is a female with them
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