HELP!! Clowns laid eggs

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  1. Jaak

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    Ahoy everyone. I came home to a nice surprise. My common clowns have laid some eggs against a piece of LR. I need some urgent advice as to what to do next. I have never reared clowns and wouldn't mind trying to save as many as I can. ANY and ALL advice will be appreciated!:thumbup:
     
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  3. Prodigy

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    Congrats hahaha only thing is i have no advice or experience in this department but keen to find out we will await the Guru's
     
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    Jaak - also ask who can supply you with rotifers, and greenwater (phytoplankton)....
    You would need to get some rotifers to feed the babies if/when they actually breed out....
     
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    Awesome man. You gonna need a rearing tank, green water and rotifers. If I remember correctly you have between 1-2 weeks before the eggs hatch.

    Here's some links with good info:

    Clownfish breeding setup - Fish
    Clownfish Breeding In The Home :: FishGeeks :: Tropical fish - Marine Fish - Aquarium Fish - Pond Fish - Aquatic Plants
    Breeding Clarkii Clownfish - Marine Aquariums of South Africa - wiki
    Breeding Clowns 3
    Clownfish Fry Care | Breeding Clownfish
    Clownfish Development

    Green water and rotifer links:
    REEF AQUARIUM FARMING NEWS 13 p 2
    Breeder's Net
    Reefs.org: Where Reefkeeping Begins on the Internet - View Document
    Breeder's Net

    Some of these links my be rubbish, didn't have time to look through them.
     
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    congrats hope they come out
     
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    Jaak congrats...
     
  8. Jaak

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    Thanks for all the info! Let's see what happens. Anyone got some rotifiers? I've got seperate tanks, etc...
     
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    Same ploblem here but it will cost more to let them beed out in the long term then you get for the clowns

    Morne
     
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    Tank raised clownfish typically sell for more than the wild caught. As they should, they are much healthier.
     
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    Don't worry about trying to raise this batch, and probably not even the next batch. Clownfish are not the best parents the first few times around. Concentrate on getting a large rotifer culture going for the next month or so, and be prepared for the next batches down the road. Once they start laying eggs, they usually do so like clockwork every few weeks. Clownfish by Joyce Wilkerson is an excellent read.

    You will also want to familiarize yourself with hatching brine. Decapsulated is best. If you need help, PM me.
     
  12. Jaak

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    Thanks for the great advice Anemone. I think you're right, i'll rather start getting everything ready for the next batch. I was just so excited but once I thought things through I realised it may not work this time round due to not being prepared. Let's see what happens next time round. Any advice on getting the rotifer culture ready would help.:biggrin:
     
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    Rotifers are actually pretty easy. They need to be feed phytoplankton. You can use live phytoplankton, or you can use an algae paste. You will need to provide them with some air, so get yourself some tubing and an air pump. You can keep these in 5 gallon buckets. These fish will eat a lot, and the rotifers are extremely small. So if it were me, I would get 3 buckets going. Rotifers multiply fast. If memory serves me right, they can double their population every 24 hours. So start saving plastic 2 liter bottles, you're going to need them. What you are not using, you can store in the fridge for later use. Rotifers also make an excellent coral food, so feed your extras to your reef tank, or share with friends. Once your culture is up and running, you will want to harvest daily. If the rotifers get over populated the culture will crash. Storing in the fridge will stop them from reproducing while they are in the fridge.

    Here are some links:

    Reed Mariculture - Growing Rotifers at Home

    http://www.seahorse.org/library/articles/rotifers.shtml

    http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/sept2002/breeder.htm
     
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    Jaak contact 2 oceans for roti cultures and phyto cultures, i got from them last year and a mate of mine got a few weeks back. But as anemone said concentrate on getting a stable culture first. Good luck for the future dude.
     
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    Jacques - 459b knows some people at 2 Oceans, as well as at the Reseatcg Aquarium. Else - call 2 Oceans - ask for Kevin - perhaps he can help you?
     
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    pm nosaj as well. he bred clowns in his garage
     
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    You right, Keyaam - that is - IF Jason is not working on one of the remote islands - in the southern seas, already.........
     
  18. Jaak

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    Thanks Tridan, will def do. I never planned on ever breeding with fish but the idea is growing on me... Obviously just need to get studying first and get my ducks in a row.
     
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    @ jacquesb, thanks I will give Kevin a shout. We're going there tomorrow in any case.
    @ Keyaam, nosaj is unfortunately working overseas somewhere. I'll pm him but I doubt that he has internet access.
     
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    congrats jaak
     
  21. Renier

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    if you don't come right I can help you with the cultures.
    have a look at my thread on the other forum if you want to get more info on breeding clowns.
    good luck its a long road ahead!!:)
     
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