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Old 08-17-2011, 12:20 PM   #1 
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So after much trying yesterday my male and my female figured it out and there are about 30 eggs in a very haphazard nest. Sadly the male had little or no part in retreiving the eggs and I thought much was lost. He is caring for them kinda... he is very flighty and runs away at the slightest vibration leaving the nest but hey at least he is kinda trying. We will see what these two produces.
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If you follow me a little you will notice that I have only had my marble male under a week, normally I wouldn't try and spawn him but my original male and my backup male both got sick and I was like hey this may or may not work apparently it worked... I do hope these babies survive.
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:39 PM   #2 
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Oh and the spawn bucket stats about 15 gal densely planted with.... everything lol. I honestly went out to a pond took a huge scoop of duckweed and floating plants and drained it of water and dumped it in the tank. It help all sorts of yummy things mostly mosquito larva though and they spawned in the next 6 hrs.
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Old 08-17-2011, 04:09 PM   #3 
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He is still taking good care of his nest so far and he likes moving his eggs back and forth to one side and the other im happy he is starting to care for them
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Congrats.......and good luck.......you will be amazed at how many eggs/fry you actually have......I would try not to disturb him very much...sometimes when a male feels threatened he will eat his eggs/fry.........this is a natural survival instinct......the male will use the protein for himself so he can reproduce again later when its safe......keep us posted.....
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Old 08-17-2011, 04:23 PM   #5 
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Thanks OFL I have the tank blocked off so he cant see out of the container and I try not to disturb him. That one photo of the tank I had to get on a larger zoom camera you can even see him peaking out from under the nest cause he felt the vibrations lol... Ive never had a male be so sensitive...
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Old 08-18-2011, 10:30 AM   #6 
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This morning we have wrigglers! I have yet to see any fall to the ground usually they zoom right back up before daddy has a chance to help them.
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Awesome....now the fun begins......
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:19 PM   #8 
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So daddy condensed his nest a little and move all the kids into one space he also calmed down now ( i think chasing the babies made him tired lol) so I got some photos as he went about his business collecting the children, I think there may be about 50- 100 fry still
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:26 PM   #9 
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Awesome, the only thing that scared me was how you got the duckweed from the pond. I did this, rinsed it really well and QT'd it outside for a week, rinsed again then put it in my fry tank and a stupid dragonfly nymph STILL got in, well 5 did >.< Took out a majority of my fry. If you plan to keep the male in long term then he should eat any that may have rode in but i removed my male when the fry were freeswimming and the nymph took over. Keep a close eye out :P
Your male is AMAZING though, i cant wait to watch these little ones grow!
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The duckweed got a eye check by me plus was in there for days before they spawned plenty of time to pick off anything creepy but I am still keepin a eye out I actually spotted 4 when it was first added... the female spotted them too they were gone fast lol I am going out to collect more soon to make sure the fry have enough food and the male does too... Im kinda tryin to do an outdoor spawn indoors lol
And I am excited to see them to lol he is by far one of the best first time dads ever and I really want to spawn him again maybe this time to a red hm female
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