Clown Gobi Fry

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  1. Paul B

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    For the third week in a row my clown gobi pair laid eggs and frankly, I didn't believe it. The first time I was all excited, the second week I saw eggs again and I was starting to doubt it as they look like bubbles. Now today I see those "bubbles" again and I was sure they are bubbles as I didn't think a small fish such as a clown gobi could lay so many eggs. So I tried to collect some of those "bubbles" I stuck a device like a baster next to the Bubbles but they would not come off. So I scraped some off and sucked them up. I had a couple of them in a container and they looked like dust.
    (I have old eyes) So I sucked one dust particle up and put it under my 100 year old vintage microscope.
    The dam thing is a living gobi. It is breathing and moving his eyes around. I could swear it winked at me so I assume it is a female. I don't have one of those cool camera's that connect to a microscope so this is the best you get.
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    The eggs are here in between the two clownfish.
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    WOW! That's cool! Congrats, dad!
     
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    What would happen if you move the eggs to a separate tank. Would clown goby babies make it? Did anybody ever managed to raised them?
     
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    I would have to move that coral with them and then the gobies would start spawning on the other coral which is healthy. These fish kill the coral where they lay eggs so I don't want to move it.
    I don't usually do that any more but I may design some kind of device to suck up the babies as they are born and place them in a separate compartment in my reef but it is a long shot as they are so small I would need something like a coffee filter to contain them. They have been spawning almost every week and the eggs seem to hatch in 2 days. If I can't design something right away, maybe I will be able to do it for the next spawning.
     
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    Whoa, those are small!
    Goodluck at raising them!
    Hope you have a good supply of greenwater / rotifers...
     
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    Thanks Paul B sharing this with us.
     
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    No, so they will have to eat leftovers of whatever I eat. I hope they like linguini and clams.
     
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    The tube is on the eggs attached to that acropora. There are bubbles coming up the tube which pushes water into the container. There is a coffee filter in the container covering the holes so the fry don't escape. This should collect a large portion of the fry as they hatch. I am not sure I will be able to see them but like everything else I do, it is an experiment. For food there is a sponge filter on the intake of my UG filter that I have not removed to clean in a month or so. It is teeming with life. That is what I will put in with the fry for new food. If they don't like to eat that, they will get leftovers from my dinner so I hope they like linguini and clams
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    Looking good, and good luck.
     
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    They will eat and enjoy your linquini if they know whats good for them. Linquini my favorite to.
     
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    Keep us updated on this project off yours please.
     
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    OK, But I am fairly sure it will be over quickly
     
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    Thanks for posting Paul. That microscope picture is oldschool and supercool!
     
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    So you found masa @Paul_B LOL... Hows awesome doing today?
     
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    congratz dude
     
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    My device did manage to collect some Clown gobi fry. They are a little smaller than a copepod so they are hard to tell apart. I have a sponge filter on my UG filter that I squeezed into a container so I could look at what lives on it under a microscope. It is teeming with tiny worms and other creatures that are much smaller than a copepod. That is what I am feeding them at the moment. I doubt any of them will survive very long but it is interesting none the less.
     
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