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Old 02-13-2015, 09:51 AM   #1
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badis badis eggs and wigglers

Last night as I was rearranging my pleco tubes. I was pulling one out of the water to glue more moss on it and noticed a badis badis come out. It was followed by some eggs and a few wigglers. I grabbed my little plastic aquarium and was able to save about 20 eggs and 5 wigglers. I engineered a make shift egg tumbler by adding an airline to the water and attached it to the side of my tank using my cleaning magnets. I added some BBS for food. I still had wigglers this morning. So here's the question. What's next? I plan on transferring the eggs and fry to a 5g tank.
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Old 02-13-2015, 10:03 AM   #2
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I think they're pretty easy as long as there's lots of micro bugs and nibblets about.. moss should hold all that.. I've heard stories of negleted badis tanks teaming with spawns..

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Old 02-13-2015, 10:15 AM   #3
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I figured that this process would be pretty straight forward. I have plenty of moss and plants that are going in the tank when I set it up. I also have BBS and micro golden pearls on hand for food. I'll use a mattenfilter for filtration.

I was so not expecting this. I have over 20 breeder tanks, but this was in my community tank.
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They know how to nestle apparently

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So far 3 of the little guys have survived. These guys are small. The best comparison is to an eyelash.

One of my males has taken over a different pleco tube and is defending it from everyone. So I think I may have another batch of fry at some point. I will probably leave them alone this time.
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:31 PM   #6
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I believe they feed on infusoria sized foods for the first week free swimming after which they should be able to take baby brine.

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Old 02-19-2015, 08:44 PM   #7
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I'd use oak leaves from my shrimp tank. If you sink 4-6 leaves in a tank and move them to your fry rearing tank you will be stunned at the food production and fry growth rates.

Timber Wolf, you gotta stop breeding stuff I want. I only have 20 something tanks! Just kidding congrats.
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This was so unexpected. I never dreamed I would find eggs and fry in my pleco tubes. I've found unexpected killie fry several times. I even found a lampeye. Now only if I can get them to that in a breeder tank. I have a total of 6 badis badis; 4 blue form, and 2 red. I will be getting a few more reds when I go to Rachel's (msjinkzd.com). I love that I live 20 miles from one of the best breeders of nano fish and invertebrates.
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Congratulations. Please keep us posted on how you are doing with those little guys. I have tried to get them before but around here they only sell the males.
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Last time I checked they were still there. I've been sick so they haven't had my undivided attention. I don't know why, but I keep finding fry in places they aren't supposed to be. I was fasting some endlers in a quarantine tank before I shipped them, and next thing I know, I have a dozen fry hanging around like they own the place. I shouldn't be annoyed, but still.
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And I'm down to one. I had another egg hatch, but that wiggler is MIA. I wouldn't be surprised if I find a fry in my tank at some point. I have many places one could hide.
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Question for you if you don't mind: I have a M/F pair, the tank has two pieces of cholla wood. I've already seen them display some spawning behavior. Would you suggest getting some sort of breeding cave or tube?
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Yes. Mine spawned at the very back of a 6in pleco tube. I didn't even know there was a fish in the tube until I dumped it out with eggs and wigglers following. When I looked in the tube, the eggs were in the last 2in.
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You could use PVC with an end cap or buy a clay pleco tube.
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Will do, thanks again!
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Would a 1.5" opening work for them?
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Hey Theresa. I just connected who you were. Mine spawned in a 2 inch. I don't think a 1.5in should be a problem. I would make sure it is 6in deep though.
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That's me! I just ordered one so we'll see what happens. I'm supposed to be getting a second female tomorrow as well.
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