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Old 02-13-2011, 07:24 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Why?? My male ate all his eggs

I came home and was so excited I started their spawning log and took pictures.
I removed the female and left the male to tend to his nest.
They were so good with eachother that either of them has fins damage.
I just went to check him a few minutes ago to find his eggs gone and his belly full... Ugh!
It had been too smoothly of a spawn to be true.
Anyone had experience with males eating eggs? Will they behave the same in every spawn or will they change behavior? I would hate to not breed this guy in the future.
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:24 PM   #2 
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This wasn't one of the young pairs you just got was it?
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:31 PM   #3 
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Sorry about your spawn.

Probably yes, but occasionally he wouldn't - I'm not sure what triggers the behavior. I've only recently experienced egg/fry eaters (most of my recent males).

It is believed that males cull weak and deformed fry. But IMO this isn't necessarily true because when I artificial hatched, the fry grew normally.
Sometimes too much disturbance may trigger it as well. Again I haven't had enough experience to make definite conclusions.

If you really want his offspring, I'd suggest artificial hatching.
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:37 PM   #4 
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This wasn't one of the young pairs you just got was it?
NO! They are tiny babies still!
It was the pastel male and a girl I got last year from your DT Multi line (the one next to #2 on your collage).
He's such a gentle boy... I might retire him after this, not sure I want to go through the disappointment again

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Old 02-13-2011, 09:42 PM   #5 
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My marble boy Rio did that. His first spawn was successful (although he didn't really tend the nest very well) but the second time he ate the eggs. I retired him after that because he obviously wasn't a very good breeder which sucked because he was a 1st place winner in his class and a very nice fish.

I would maybe look at your spawning set up and see if there is anything you could tweak and try one more time before deciding whether or not to retire him.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:14 PM   #6 
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Thanks guys
Artificial Hatching seems like a lot of work with very little success rate. I'll keep reading on it, thanks.
My spawning setup is even better now than on previous times...
Lots of natural plants, clean water, stable water temperature, sponge filter and choice of IAL or styrofoam cup for the bubblenest... he chose the IAL.
I might give him another chance in a couple of weeks and if the same thing happens, I'll just retire him.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:44 PM   #7 
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:02 AM   #8 
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You still got any eggs left? My black plantium male he is a egg eater. The first time he spawn I remove the female and he ate almost all of the egg. The second time I remove him and the female at the same time after they spawn and artifical hatch my eggs. I had around 20 eggs and half or maybe more hatch and the other rest went bad. If you need any tips on articifal hatching just pm me its pretty easy.
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:27 AM   #9 
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There was one little lonely egg left on the leaf when I took out the male to clean the tank.
I'm wondering about the sponge filter... I have it in a very slow flow but this is the first time I have it on during spawning, I only turned it on once the fry were free swiming and I had removed the male. Besides lots of natural plants (I usually have one or two) and wrapping the tank with a scarf for "privacy", this is the only thing I did differently.
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:40 AM   #10 
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Aww poo that sux. I guess he doesn't wanna be a daddy.. :/
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