Use refugium for breeding?

Discussion in 'Breeding fish' started by ziguri, 21 Aug 2015.

  1. ziguri

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    I currently have a 30 gallon + refugium and there has been a large increase in pods and other similar species. I also have a male and female mandarin in my DT which get along well. It is common to see them doing the " mating dance " at around the times I am about to switch off the lights . The female has also seems like it has been pregnant for many months now. Would it be worth a try to add them to the refugium and see if they feel comfortable enough to breed? If they eat all the pods in the fuge I can always add them back to the DT

    I also have a pair of clowns which have been together for a long time now, would I have more chance of success with the clowns instead of the mandarins? They were both the same size when they were smaller but one is visibly larger than the other now. The clowns would be much easier to catch too

    So should I try mandarins , clowns or is it just not going to work either way?
     
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  3. Taponi

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    I would not do either. You will need rotifers ect. IMO not worth it... rather let your other fish east any eggs that might hatch...
     
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    What macros you got in the fuge?
     
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    This is the only type I have atm, I had caulerpa as well as another red algae but they didn't take
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    I would be able to get live rotifiers if needed
     
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    If you have the time and funds available, give it a try. But i do know that the amount of babies you manage to successfully raise past 14 days is about only 10% or so (from experience) Regular water changes where you are planning to host the babies.

    How will you make sure that the pumps does not take the babies back into the tank once born. (Also have to sit and siphon them out after lights out, mostly when they born)
    A huge job but i guess;) could be rewarding
     
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    My refugium is overflowing back into my sump so no danger of getting sucked into a pump. I'll just cover the overflow with a net or something. I am thinking of giving it a try with the mandarins but it's gonna be a mission to catch them.
     
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