Clowns laid eggs

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  1. Hermanus

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    Hi all. My clowns laid eggs on monday. This is probably the 10th time and I only saw the fry hatched once:blush:.Looks like there is a million of them when they hatch.I tried to hose them out and put them in a guppy net but they all died:(.Think it was to much stress suck them out in a bucket and put them back in a net ext....

    Lets hope this time it will go better:)

    My Questions

    How do I catch the fry? ideas on making a fry trap. Will a guppy breading net work?

    Then when we catch it what to feed and where to get the food?

    Thank you
     
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  3. Hermanus

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    [​IMG]

    Ya ,And your pic
     
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    Long story dude, just leave them, you need to culture rotifers and phytoplankton which is a mission, then feeding. its possible but but a schlep
     
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    eggs has changed colour to silver so not long befor thy will hatch now. Havend had time to do enything so ya thy will only become live food for the tank mates again.
     
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    Buddy it's easy to hatch out collect and breed your clownfish babies!!.....
    All you gotta do is .... QUIT YOUR JOB!!!;)
     
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    if u can raise 30+ fry would be well worth the effort
     
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    Hi, there is only one way to catch the fry, 30 mins after your lights go off, point a torch into the water, they will all swim towards it (like the moon to them). Catch them with a plastic cup, a net will kill them, only take a couple of scoops, leave the rest to feed your fish. They will have to go into a separate tank, small, not much movement, an air stone will do. Your problem is feeding, you need to feed them rotifers, which have been fed with green water, when they grow a bit you can feed them brine shrimps (make sure you feed the brine shrimp before, or the fry will get no nutrients). This should all happen 7 days after the clowns lay their eggs on the rocks, you will see the silvery eyes on the 7th day. Good luck Anita
     
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    Ok so last week Tuesday the eggs hatched I didn't see this as thy hatches 30min or so after lights out. I went and looked every night accept the night it happened.The next morning there are nothing left.

    So Sunday there it is,:eek: new eggs and even more this time.They just keep on doing it.
     
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    Clowns

    Hi, just have a look after 30 mins (on about the 7th day), and shine a torch in the tank, from the top, like the moon. Also, before your lights go out see if you can see the glassy eyes on the eggs, that should tell you when they will hatch, good luck Anita
     
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    If you catch them, can you put them in the refugeum? Maybe some are just hiding? Don't be too sad. They'll make more.
     
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    why not just buy zoo or phytoplakton?
     
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    You need rotifers and too feed rotifers you need phytoplankton cultures
    a mission to maintain without proper understanding.
    you can obtain these through other breeders check the breeding sections on masa and sark and for more info check mofib.com
    breeding clowns can be a rewarding experience but atleast know what you getting yourself into.
    its a very time consuming process, without proper care not a single baby will make it
    but dont feel bad its good food for the other inhabitants.
    its highly unlikely that you will have succsess trying to raise them in DT or fuges ect
    they need to be moved to a raising tank,tub...
    so good luck if you decide to go for it
    keep us updated.
     
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    Could we just set up a 10 gal tank, and grow all 3 things in there? Phytoplankton, rotifers, and brine shrimp?

    I'm going to try.

    Ordered Reef Soup http://stores.aquaculturenurseryfarms.com/-strse-90/%22REEF-SOUP%22-LIVE-ZOOPLANKTON/Detail.bok

    and brine shrimp eggs http://stores.aquaculturenurseryfarms.com/-strse-2/Decapsulated-Hatchable-brine-shrimp/Detail.bok

    If I got clown fry to hatch, couldn't I put them in the same tank?

    I'm going to get the small aquarium set up with a bubbler on the kitchen counter. :)

    (After all, isn't that what kitchen counters are for?)
     
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    You need to keep your phyto cultures ,Rots,Brine separate. Rotifers will consume phyto faster than it can reproduce new cells.
    I’ve had whole phyto cultures crash from introducing just a few rotifer eggs by accident. So sterilize any tools used on more than one culture be it phyto,rots or brine.
    Brine is too big for a first food for clown fry and could get lodged in their mouths.
    Using a 10gal tank is fine for raising fry, make sure you cover the sides with black paper or black plastic bags, and cover the heater light as fry are phototropic (attracted to light) and may get burned.
    Regular maintenance is crucial, remove dead fry and clean the bottom in order to keep water parameters stable,
    You can read the breeding sections for more info on the following sites.
    www.mofib.co.za
    www.sareefkeeping.co.za

    Good luck

     
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    Have you tried this before? I did, and I found out that larvae can swim really fast and really doesnt care much about a spotlight. I expected them to swim all into the light, so it should be easy to scoop them out.

    Safest and best way to catch them is a larvae snagger.
     
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    As soon as the lights go out, he plops down in front of the shell and tries to go right to sleep. She stays up wiggling around in the shell. I think he's taken to sleeping on the sand outside, because she keeps him up. Either that, or he just stays in trouble and has to sleep 'on the couch'. ;)
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    We have done this hundreds of times before, make sure no other light is on in the room, make sure the current is turned off completely. You do not scoop them out, you gently plunge the plastic cup into the water and the fry get sucked in, but do it gently.......Anita
     
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    I know. Everything was off, just a tiny torch. I always pour the fry from my snagger into the larvae tank, without any losses. Tough guys.

    Here is what I use with 100 % collection success.
    How to catch newly hatched fish larvae - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
     
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