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Old 10-14-2018, 11:23 AM   #1
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Iím a worrier

Is this normal behavior? My Rasboras will sometimes go under the artificial leaf and sort of flip upside down for a moment before carrying on, then coming back a moment later. My mom suggested perhaps theyíre itching themselves. It freaked me out the first couple times they did it. Another thing I note is they will only to it to that one particular leaf. Not the purple one right next to it.
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Old 10-14-2018, 11:27 AM   #2
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Hereís a video of them doing exactly that. Please ignore my male Guppy who likes to be the star of the show.
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Old 10-15-2018, 09:58 AM   #3
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Update: I was wrong. They were mating and I now have about a dozen eggs!
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Old 10-15-2018, 02:19 PM   #4
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Awesome!!! Did you remove the eggs?
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Awesome!!! Did you remove the eggs?
No.... I donít know how to and I donít want to damage the eggs. Any advice? I do have a mesh fry net with guppy fry right now, so I suppose I could put them In there. I just donít know how to move them.
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I'll start by saying I do not breed fish or attempt to. I do know that fish commonly eat eggs and even fry once they are free swimming and extremely small.

It would depend on the mesh. Will it hold eggs? Is it located in your main tank? I'd cut the leaf off to obtain the eggs.

I knew a guy who used to breed several different types of small schooling fish. He would use Mason type jars with the screw on lids. He would place several plants and moss in the jar, add tank water, add the eggs, and close the lid on the jar. He'd keep the water about an inch or two below the top of the jar so it floated in the tank. He'd leave it for a week or so until the fry hatched. Then he'd move them to a small 5g QT tank and feed them crushed up flake food....maybe even brine shrimp??

The idea was that the plants he'd put in the jar contained microorganisms that the fry could feed off of during the first week to week and a half. It also provided cover from light.

This is probably the rough draft of what I saw him doing and why but it seemed to work for him. There's guys on here that are proficient breeders who could give really good advice.
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I'll start by saying I do not breed fish or attempt to. I do know that fish commonly eat eggs and even fry once they are free swimming and extremely small.

It would depend on the mesh. Will it hold eggs? Is it located in your main tank? I'd cut the leaf off to obtain the eggs.

I knew a guy who used to breed several different types of small schooling fish. He would use Mason type jars with the screw on lids. He would place several plants and moss in the jar, add tank water, add the eggs, and close the lid on the jar. He'd keep the water about an inch or two below the top of the jar so it floated in the tank. He'd leave it for a week or so until the fry hatched. Then he'd move them to a small 5g QT tank and feed them crushed up flake food....maybe even brine shrimp??

The idea was that the plants he'd put in the jar contained microorganisms that the fry could feed off of during the first week to week and a half. It also provided cover from light.

This is probably the rough draft of what I saw him doing and why but it seemed to work for him. There's guys on here that are proficient breeders who could give really good advice.
Thanks for letting me know. I went down to my LFS and they said just to leave the eggs where they are. Itís on an artificial plant so cutting it off wouldnít work. Oh well, itís not like I planned to breed them anyway
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Hopefully you get a couple out of it. Keep us updated.
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