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Old 12-05-2010, 01:00 PM   #11 
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Thank you for the support! I think I've been seeing a few tails hanging from the nest, but that's about it so far. I would figure I'll see some free swimming by tonight since it's been two days since the spawning.

Martinismommy, You're avatar is just too adorable!
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:23 PM   #12 
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Good luck with them and keep us updated. :)
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:49 PM   #13 
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Good luck with your spawn. I hope your babies don't die off.
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:54 PM   #14 
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My goodness!

I've been watching the little boogers fall out of the nest and Absolem seems to not be able to rest because he keeps having to scoop them up and spit them back in! They look so different then how I would have expected them to look right away. Just dark little specs with a little tail floating down and all of a sudden shooting back up to try and get back in the nest. I don't think any of them are "free swimming" yet. If someone could define that a little more clearly for me so I know when exactly I should drop some food in, that would be helpful. I'm pretty sure it means when they aren't just falling from the nest and going back in and when they are actually moving around a bit, but I just want to be sure.
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:08 PM   #15 
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I think it is when the babies are swimming kinda like a normal fish would be doing.. but on the other hand mine never did so I'm not 100 percent sure.
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:54 PM   #16 
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I think it's when they are swimming horizontally.
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Old 12-06-2010, 03:34 PM   #17 
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I see three or four for sure little black specs with tails, but I also see a few on the bottom. Every once in awhile they will jump a little. Are they okay? I think that Absolem has been trying to keep them in the nest but they just won't stay.
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Old 12-06-2010, 10:13 PM   #18 
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Well. Absolem ate all the fry. :(

The fry were not yet free swimming. I really want to breed with Absolem but it's useless if he is just going to eat the fry. Is there anything I can do?
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Old 12-06-2010, 10:29 PM   #19 
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Are you sure he ate all the fry?

You can always try again. Some people have had success artificially hatching fry but I don't know much about it. I would just remove the male as soon as you see tails.
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Old 12-06-2010, 10:38 PM   #20 
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Yep I'm positive. Unfortunately I bought bad brine shrimp eggs, I'm positive that the eggs were bad, I wish I knew what brand they were, because I've tried every thing I could and not one would hatch. So maybe it's better that it went that way rather than them starving to death, but still :(

What's a good brand I'm ordering some better eggs right now. I'm not trying to breed again for another month because I will be moving. But I would like to be extra overly prepared this time :)
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