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Old 08-19-2011, 01:43 PM   #11 
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Can anyone advise me on how to feed egg yolk as a first food? I have always been curious to try it...
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:40 PM   #12 
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How are the fry today.....

I don't feed egg yolk...but what I have read-you want to squeeze the egg yolk in cloth to kinda strain it or put it in a spray bottle and lightly spray it on the surface...Indjo would know more...PM him and ask or he might see this and chime in....careful not too much...it can really pollute the tank fast...I wouldn't start adding any food until they have been free swimming for several days since you have a lot of organic material, plants and snails.....you should have lots of microorganisms for the fry for the first 3-7 days at least after they start free swimming...
I would get a brine shrimp hatchery going today or tomorrow and they should be ready to feed by the time the fry are ready for bigger food...get two going 24h apart and only feed newly hatched BBS with the yolk sac intact for the most nutrition especially for the first 2 weeks of growth and development.......poor nutrition is a big killer and reason for spawn failures...sudden death, twirling, poor immune response....etc.....

Also, if you haven't already and the location of the spawn tank is in a low humidity area-cover the top with plastic veggie wrap or something to retain the heat and humidity by 2 weeks for labyrinth development....that first breath of air can make a big difference in the fry...if the air above the water is too cool and dry...you can have sudden death, labyrinth problems, swimbladder problems, floaters, skimmers, deformities...etc......but if you have high humidity and warm/hot air temps...they should be fine...AC can really do a number on them.....
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:48 PM   #13 
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Can anyone advise me on how to feed egg yolk as a first food? I have always been curious to try it...
Personally I boiled an egg and then kept the round yolk. When I need some I rub my finger lightly against the outside until it has a light coating. The I take a spoon and drop a couple drops of water onto it and rub the egg yolk into the water. I then just dip the spoon into the tank and let it run off. I have seen the fry eating it so I know it's bite size. It's super easy and to be honest I won't ever do anything else. With the combination of infoasia they have been growing very well and its not as dirty as a lot of people will make you think, especially if you don't use a bunch and just siphone the rest at night. I actually got that method from Betty spelendens
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Old 08-20-2011, 01:44 AM   #14 
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The nest has seemed to dissipate a little as the fry become more upright in their swimming and daddy is ignoring them more although he still goes and picks up the ones on the bottom blowing bubbles for them but he couldnt care less about the ones venturing away....
also I have a lid for the container I am going to use to help with labyrinth development
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:26 PM   #15 
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So day four for the fry, daddy is still in the tank I have left him in in hopes he will pick off anything bad in there (like dragonfly nymphs ) and hopefully he can stay in longer. He isnt keeping up a bubble nest anymore but he isnt disturbing the fry at all and if he does the tank is so densely planted I am not worried. Soon I will start supplementing the fries diet with micro worms.. And some photos!
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:36 PM   #16 
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Great pictures!
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:42 PM   #17 
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Ha ha thank you, and thanks you guys for info on egg yolk 4/5 micro worm cultures died from a fungus so I might need a back up :)
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:47 AM   #18 
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First off I feel like I lied when I said small spawn lol I assumed it was going to be tiny but then daddy had a stroke of genius and now I have more then I can count which leads to my first question....
When do I take daddy out? I have been leaving him in to make sure no dragon fly nymphs are in existence but is their a good time to remove him, he has yet to start eating all the fry and has started another bubble nest... when is the best time to remove him and second question...
sense I have more then I planned and now they are in such a dense tank how do I start feeding all of them I have some microworms and might use egg yolk but I heard of people herding their fry by tapping on the tank... how well does this work and is their a good way to do it? leading to the third question...
when is the best time to start feeding? they are about 5 days old now and they have been eating live organisms in the tank, they are big enough to start feeding off them but whens the best time to start, I dont want to over do it and kill them by overfeeding. Which leads to my last question...
Whens the best time to give them their first water change? Meaning when do I add more water and how much do I add, its a 53L container and its about 5 inches full and should I let the water age in anyway before adding it?
Sorry for all the questions I just want to make sure I can keep as many of these guys alive as I can :)

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Old 08-22-2011, 12:04 PM   #19 
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Great work, Creat! I am learning a lot from your fry thread. :)

Hope everything continues to go well. :D
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Old 08-22-2011, 05:09 PM   #20 
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Well I removed my male from the tank after thinking about it for a long long time... his bioload is something I dont want to have to deal with....
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