Anthias Spawning?

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  1. Helga

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    Lyretail Anthias (Anthias Squamipinnis) spawing?

    Is this even possible?
    The biggest female is really getting huge. Her belly is white with her avipositor protruding. The male is doing the mating ritual constantly. There is 3 females in the group.
    I have never heard of Anthias spawning in a home aquarium. Would this be possible. I have read that they swim up to the service to release the eggs with the male following to fertilise. If correct its gonna be real difficult to catch them in the act!
     
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    That's cool, not sure if they are pelagic, 301 Moved Permanently might have more info
    You might have a SA first
     
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    @dallasg,
    Interesting forum! Thanks for that. There is a few threads on Anthias spawning behaviour and spawning in home aquariums. It seems it has happened in smaller systems, but not a common sight though. They are pelagic. Theres a "u-swimming" behaviour they are talking about. Just after lights-out they swim in a U-pattern from the sand up to the surface where they release their eggs and spawn.

    I will watch mine after lights out for the next few nights. The way they are behaving, it could'nt be too long to go.... if it happens at all :whistling: Lets hope!
     
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    Very Cool @Helga! Anthias are awsome, and if you can manage to breed and raise them, that would be even cooler.
     
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    While we would all like that, it's not impossible but it would require food sources and loads of time
    And if you decide to persue this, I will help where I can I am sure @butcherman would be keen too
     
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    It would be super cool if they could be raised, but I'm definitely not aiming to do that now. I am not set up to raise them neither have I got the food to sustain them and have them grow ;).

    What I am aiming for firstly is to establish whether they are indeed going to spawn and then to see it happen. I think that in itself is an achievement :thumbup:

    If this is happening and they repeat their "habit", I guess i will have to make other plans :lol:
     
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    :thumbup:
     
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    That would be a great achievemnt just getting them to spawn.....no better sign they are happy and thriving!

    Besides the eggs will make great food for your other fish and corals:p
     
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    great news hope they spawn :thumbup:
     
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    hahah @Helga, if your not ready to have little baby anthias, why not just give you anthias pair "the talk" i think its time they learn't about protection hahaha:lol:
     
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    My squamipinnus and cooperi were doing it regularly last year. Made for good food for the fish and coral.
    I wouldn't even thing of trying to raise the eggs, its enough work just keeping the main system on a stable keel.
     
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    Thanks for the comments guys,
    I watched them last night for an hour after lights out..... not yet!!!!! She's still as round as a ball and around the area of the avipositor is white!!! Will keep an close eye on them the next few days ;)

    Wish I could get a photo of her. But its about impossible. They are really darting around the tank at breakneck speed!!!

    Youre right @Selwyn123..... but theres more in the tank that need "the talk". I'll sit the lot of them down and give on loooong speech....:lol: (the Maroonclown pair are literally breeding non-stop, which means I have 2 ladies with hormonal moods in the tank now :eek:)
     
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    hahah, well atleast your clowns are mating! I have been trying to get my paired clarkii's to mate but i think i might have a 'slow' male hahaha. Guess i need to set the mood for them tonight, maybe feed them some decor foods with the moonlights on, give them a "candle light" dinner hahaha
     
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    Haha..... Cute!!!!

    :biggrin:
     
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    Now you see THAT's the problem..:p..that behaviour just begs for the reply..."now what do you want.."...:005:..:005:
     
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    congrats!!:thumbup:
     
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    OMW!!!!

    My Anthias just spawned!!! I have been on watch every night after lights out since last week. Lots of "U-swimming" everyday. And tonight I had a front row seat to the whole episode :tt2:

    They went crazy.... I thought they were going to misjudge the height of the tank and clear the water. And in after the third or fourth attempt the surface water went milky.....:1:.... And the skimmer went crazy.

    Well..... I'm super chuffed.... finally. I cannot see much now as just the moonlights are on at the moment. They have settled down now.... I have no idea if they will repeat this again tomorrow.

    :slayer:
     
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    :(.... I wish!!!!!.....I tried to capture it, but because only the moonlights are on, you cant see anything on the video or the camera!!.... I am so dissapointed. Was hoping she was gonna hold out until hubby was home Friday to also witness the big event.
    Suppose its like giving birth.... it waits for no one ;)
     
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    Lol, true, but an awesome experience nonetheless
     
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