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Old 01-29-2012, 01:02 PM   #21 
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well the Daddy has finally figured out that bubbles are easier for them to hang onto and has finally put a nest back in the cup. He's pretty good about keeping them all corralled in there.

Babies are swimming much better, some are still doing the lawn dart routine. Trying to figure out when to start feeding egg yoke or hatching BBS. What exactly constitutes "free swimming"?
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When they start swimming horizontal and not vertical counts as free swimming instead of that spazy circle routine :)
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:12 PM   #23 
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Only had a couple do the circle thing pretty early on. Haven't seen it since. At this point i have a handful doing the up and down and another handful that have left the nest and are just hanging out and can swim fine. I'll try some EY tomorrow morning or something, and hopefully my friend will be by with the bottle i can use to hatch bbs.

Any tips on EY or BBS hatching/ feeding?
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:46 PM   #24 
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they need a longer timer on editing a post.

Feeding EY:

I heard something about boiling it?
Can the rest be stored before/ after boiling?
Can i use substitute EY?
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It's making me a little nervous you're asking these questions now after you already have fry, but this is how I feed egg yolk. Hard boil the egg and let it cool completely. Break it in half and scoop the yolk out. Every day, break off a tiny piece and add a drop or two of water. Mash it all up until the egg is thoroughly mixed. Suck up a few drops and drop them in the tank where the fry are. The egg should be mostly floating on the top where the fry can get it.

However, since you have a lot of creepy crawlies in your tank, I would just eye them. Egg yolk is dirtying and you'll be able to see if your fish are eating the critters by their big white bellies. If they are, no need to add egg yolk yet.
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like the pair hope you get some babes
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:20 PM   #27 
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Egg yolk: hard boiled - longer boiled, better
Take the yolk only, you can eat the white stuff.
Take a tiny pinch of yolk and ;
a. squeeze it around the water surface
b. dilute it in a cup of water and carefully pour evenly in the tank.
c. dilute it (more than a pinch) in a small spray and spray evenly on the surface. Refrigerate the remaining EY solution.

Freeze the rest for later use. 1 yolk can be used for a lot of spawns.
If the water gets cloudy, you're using too much. 1-2mm per feeding is enough

I agree with GT, if your tank is full of micro critters, you don't really need EY. But if you want, you could feed EY once a day.
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thanks, i had initially thought you just cracked open an egg and fed the liquid. In all the threads i read EY use in, only one very briefly mentioned anything about boiling.

Am just a bit worried they may still be too small for the micro critters in there.

They are definitely free swimming now. Daddy seems stressed because he can't find them under the cup.
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Might be about time to remove the dad.
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:38 PM   #30 
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going to remove him as soon as i get home. Would have done it before i left but there wasn't time to acclimate him properly.

Question: in reading about hatching brine shrimp around here, i saw no mention of salt, but the eggs i bought mention it. Do i follow the directions, or skip the salt step?
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