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Old 06-06-2013, 08:23 PM   #1 
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Did my Girl Pass Eggs?

Hello, I have a girl that is about 2 years old. She's pretty fat because she has eggs inside her. I will not breed her.

I clean her 2-1/2 gallon tank diligently, every week. In between, I do about a 25% water change, where I use a turkey baster to suck up faeces and other debris that I see from the bottom.

Well, today I'm doing just that. But now I see these tiny white dots coming up from the gravel. They can't possibly be snails because I clean the substrate with very, very hot water and let it soak every week and she is the only one in the tank.

Could these white dots, possibly be eggs?

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Old 06-06-2013, 08:29 PM   #2 
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Yeah probably, it's not uncommon and she'll either eat them up or leave them. She'll probably drop more over the next hours.

Is she in sight of a male?
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:31 PM   #3 
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My female passes eggs occasionally, though she usually builds small, random nests on the surface of the water, then tries to release her eggs into the nests. Then she eats the eggs and destroys the nests. She usually has white poo after this, so if you see your female passing white poo and you don't suspect that she's sick, she probably ate the eggs and it made her poo white.
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Thank you for confirming what I suspected! This has never happened before.

Does this mean she is ready to breed? Just curious...
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She's passed the point then of breeding since she's already lost her eggs lol

If you had conditioned a pair for two weeks on a high quality pellet with some live food, allowing them to see each other for an hour each day and then allowing the male to build a bubble nest in your fry tank while she's in a jar in the tank so that she could see him. Then yes, she would be ready to breed.
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Yeah probably, it's not uncommon and she'll either eat them up or leave them. She'll probably drop more over the next hours.

Is she in sight of a male?
Yeah, weekly. A few weeks ago, I put my boy in with her just to see if they were both ready to breed. I know, the protocol from internet research on breeding the fish. He attacked her, tore & ate her fins. I scooped him up and put him back in his tank. Could that encounter triggered her dumping her eggs?
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You do realize that you could get 200+ fry and end up with two dead fish?

It's a very expensive hobby to breed your fish and you have to be very careful about it otherwise you could lose your fish.
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She's passed the point then of breeding since she's already lost her eggs lol

If you had conditioned a pair for two weeks on a high quality pellet with some live food, allowing them to see each other for an hour each day and then allowing the male to build a bubble nest in your fry tank while she's in a jar in the tank so that she could see him. Then yes, she would be ready to breed.
When doing weekly water changes to his tank, I put him in his jar and keep it floating in her tank to keep him warm, and that is every Monday. Read my other post.
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You do realize that you could get 200+ fry and end up with two dead fish?

It's a very expensive hobby to breed your fish and you have to be very careful about it otherwise you could lose your fish.
Yeah I realize that.
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Alrighty then

They'd only breed though if you conditioned them well with the one hour viewing period during that time.
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