Everything is spawning

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  1. Paul B

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    Well not exactly everything but 3 pairs that I know of. Last night just before the lights went off I noticed the mandarins swimming up the back wall of the tank, the male had a twinkle in his eye and They started to spawn.
    This female I bought as a very skinny young fish. The reason I bought her was to save her from the store where she would have starved. I built her a feeder that dispensed new born brine shrimp for about 2 hours a day. My tank is old and doesn't need extra food but I like to putz around and the thing worked so well and the fish like it so much that I left the thing in there.
    She gradually fattened up and the old male found her yesterday.
    I don't know if they spawned before and I won't be looking for the eggs in this 6' long tank.
    I also have a pair of some type of stripped, red cardinals that spend all their time in a bottle, (There is a song with that name) I know they are spawning because they are also obese.
    My fireclowns also spawn and the male is a 19 year old Geezer who still got it.
    But they have been spawning for years.
    I didn't look at the tank this morning because the lights are not on yet but I think I also added to many fish and probably exceeded the carrying capacity of the tank. This week alone I added 3 chalk bass, a glass cardinal and a large clam. I don't know how many fish are in there but I would imagine about 30 or so. I also really need to change some water but I don't think that will happen until after the new year. It has already been a couple of months, but I will get to it.
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  3. Helga

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    Incredible @Paul B,
    They are such special little creatures!!! For them to spawn they are really happy and well nourished in your tank! Well done!
     
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    Helga, thank you. I have been keeping mandarins since the 70s, facinating little suckers. That little female was so skinny when I got her about a year ago. You can see her here with her sides sunken in.
    She is eating new born shrimp from her feeder. The male I have had for a couple of years.

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    Can you tell us more about the feeder you made Paul? Sounds interesting.
     
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    I would also like to know more about the feeder please.
     
  7. Paul B

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    I think I put a thread of it up on here someplace. It is basically what you see. A fine net over a container with a tube going up.
    I pour newborn brine shrimp in the top and they go down to the container where they have a hard time swimming through the net. The fish sit on the thing and suck out shrimp.
    I also have a short video or two
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    The video's aren't working on your site. I don't know why
     
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    Still don't work, just make believe you see the fish eating off the net
     
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    Ingenuity at its best!!! Awesome stuff. We can learn so much from people like yourself who have been keeping "difficult" species sucessfully. Thank you.
     
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    Videos are working fine by the way.
     
  11. Bob the (reef)builder

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    Great Job Paul.

    Clever feeder. Must try it.
     
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