Advanced Topic Spawning Clown Gobies

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  1. Paul B

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    I like clown gobies because they are a very bright yellow, very peaceful, cheap, and reef safe. Except when they spawn. They like to live on and spawn on acropora corals and wherever they lay their eggs, kills that part of the coral. But luckily for my acropora, this pair only spawns on one specimen of acropora and so far have not laid eggs or bothered any of my others.
    These two have been laying eggs about every two weeks like clockwork for over a year and I finally decided to collect some of the fry to see what they looked like. I am not geared up to raise these little guys as I would need some rotifers and some free time.
    I designed a fry collector to collect these and all egg layer fry as long as they lay the eggs on something as opposed to eggs that float.
    The collector consists of a container with a tube going into it. The tube is positioned on the eggs and an airline pushes bubbles up the tube along with the fry as they hatch. You need a way to exhaust the water from the container while keeping the tiny fry so I used a screen from the inside of a RO membrane. There are two parts to a RO device. One is the membrane that only allows water molecules to pass and another very tiny screen that will let water pass but not these tiny fry.
    I drilled a 2" hole on the side of the container and placed a piece of the screen on that, then I took another piece of acrylic and drilled the same diameter hole and using a rubber band attached that piece of plastic over the hole in the container sandwiching the screen in between the two pieces of acrylic.
    The thing worked flawlessly and collected a bunch of fry that took a week to hatch.
    If I wanted to raise these gobies I could leave them in that container for a while as water constantly flows through it or I could transfer them to a rearing tank.
    Here is a gobi a few days after emerging, still in it's egg.
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    This guy is a few hours after hatching.
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    And a video of the collecting device.
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    What magnification rating did you use to view the larvae? I like your larvae trap. I have not seen such a device yet and as you said you designed it. Well done!!

    I believe these larvae take a VERY long time to grow, so big up to you for not trying because as you said it takes a bit of time. It is hard enough raising clownfish lol.

    How long do these larvae survive without nutrients?
     
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    I took those pictures through my 100+ year antique microscope on the largest setting, I can't read it but it is probably 40.
    I doubt the larvae will survive a few hours as I don't see a yolk sack on them so they probably need to eat right away.
     
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    These guys are amazing, the eggs just hatched two days ago and they laid another large batch in the same spot
     
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    Busy little gobies. Amazing that the female can recover so much to be able to lay eggs every second week. She does loose a lot of nutrients laying eggs.
     
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    Thats from eating live worms every day
     
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