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Old 07-30-2013, 07:04 PM   #11 
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Actually, I don't recommend removing the eggs. Knowing some people's luck those are the "would have lived/not been deformed fry. I cull at about 4 weeks, when they are bigger and show problems like bent spines, chronic issues, etc. most people's spawns are between 1 and 80, especially the first time around where it definitely tends to drop to low numbers.
I see what you are saying but at the same time there is no way I could keep anywhere close to 80
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The thing is, use a 10 gallon. A month passes... then you can cull half of them beause they have passed most of the "no return" zone. A lot of people's mistakes when starting breeding, is to cull right away. Then the fry begin to drop like flies and they are left with little to nothing to show for all their efforts.

I've had "50" or so of one spawn and I had 6 in the end, without culling. Another spawn was about "80", and 14 were to show for it. Then I've had 300 hatched, 250+ survived. THAT outcome, I wish I had culled sooner

Which reminds me - make sure to have more than one type of live foods for optimum growth and chances of survival.
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