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Old 12-09-2008, 01:46 PM   #1
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Clown Eggs

Well, I got up today and the MHs didn't come on on my frag system. Turns out the timer was having some issues. Anyway since the lights hadn't come on yet I was able to see a few things I couldn't normally. I have a double head of frogspawn on one of the shelves and since it was dark it had not extended, I was able to see the branches. Well my two clowns in the frag tank pretty much never leave that frogspawn, I just figured they were happy there and didn't think much more about it. Well today I found out why they never leave it.




I didn't count them but I would say there are a good 125-150 eggs with tiny little eyes in them. I don't know a lot about clown fish breeding but I would say the eggs aren't far from hatching. It could easily happen tonight or tomorrow night. I'm hoping they will hold off till Thursday so I can be home to watch.
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Nice sell them off to your LFS for Credit...LOL...
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I don't think the odds are in my favor to raise the little guys. They require some very special care and I don't know what that care is. I've done some reading on raising clown fry but not anywhere near enough to even know where to begin. Also this caught me off guard so I don't have what I would need to help them survive.

I believe once clowns are happy and start laying eggs they pretty much do it on a regular basis. Every 12-16 days or something like that. I'll do some research and see what it would take to raise them and go from there. My wife wants to raise them. We haven't told my son yet. I'm inclined not to tell him.
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Would have been a good Idea. Well good luck DAD!...LOL
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If you want to try and raise that batch you should move that whole colony of frogspawn into a new tank so they can hatch there with out turning into fish food.
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I thought about that but I have no way to feed them. They need very very tiny food and I just haven't done the research to keep them alive. This time they will be fish food I'm afraid.
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Yeah i got bored and did a little reading about trying to raise the fry and it is no small task. Least they will provide some tasty live snacks for the frag tank as cruel as that sounds.
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Nnnnoooo!!!!!! :-(...lol
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Cool. They hatch at night. After a few batches you will be able to tell when they are ready to hatch. The eggs will be real silvery after starting out orange. If you shine a flashlight at the top of the tank when they hatch, they all swim to the light. It's pretty cool...and it's the only time I see the fry.
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That is awesome! If nothing else you know you have healthy happy clownfish!
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