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Old 05-10-2013, 12:31 AM   #1
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Saving eggs

Does anyone have experience saving eggs from a community tank. I have a breeding pair of farlowella (twig catfish) and I keep getting eggs on the glass around the tank and now on a few java fern leaves. I have crudely covered the ones on the glass with cling film and put the leaves in a Tupperware container. I am just not confident this will work as the eggs might grow moldy before they hatch.

Please some advise? No one wrote back last time maybe because they didn't know what a farlowella is. They are badass and I want to get fry from them.

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Old 05-10-2013, 03:21 AM   #2
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I have never had the pleasure of hatching eggs myself, but I believe if they are kept in a spot in the tank that has good flow to keep them oxygenated they should do well. Maybe an air stone underneath them to sto them mouldering?
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Actually brilliant idea. I have read about them needing to be oxygenated and I know the male is supposed to fan them (I presume as part
Of this process) but he's been lazy and not guarding them well. A little airstone should stop the other fish getting in there a bit too. Like an air curtain perhaps.
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Actually brilliant idea. I have read about them needing to be oxygenated and I know the male is supposed to fan them (I presume as part
Of this process) but he's been lazy and not guarding them well. A little airstone should stop the other fish getting in there a bit too. Like an air curtain perhaps.
Rofl. It's only brilliant if it works. I hope it does!
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If you remove the eggs to raise them artificially, you need to tumble them. A typical "fish bowl" and an air stone is all you need I think. Methylene blue will also help prevent molding. Look up how to artificially hatch and raise fish. Should give you all the info you need
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I left all the eggs in with an airstone nearby to aerate around the eggs. I also snipped off the two branches of java fern that had eggs and put them together all under loose-ish cling film. Will see if it works. Also today I covered the floor with baby tears and did a partial water change. It spurred other fish to spawn too which is cool and the shrimp to come out. I think if they do hatch at least it will give the fry somewhere to hide.

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Old 05-11-2013, 01:58 AM   #7
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I left all the eggs in with an airstone nearby to aerate around the eggs. I also snipped off the two branches of java fern that had eggs and put them together all under loose-ish cling film. Will see if it works. Also today I covered the floor with baby tears and did a partial water change. It spurred other fish to spawn too which is cool and the shrimp to come out. I think if they do hatch at least it will give the fry somewhere to hide.
That is a beautiful aquarium!! No wonder they all want to spawn! Question though- wont the shrimp eat the eggs?
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That is a beautiful aquarium!! No wonder they all want to spawn! Question though- wont the shrimp eat the eggs?
Thanks. It's starting to become epic. I just need more discus in there but $$$....

I've seen fry but the cherry barbs eat them. Not sure what fry they were but I'm considering removing the cherry barbs.

I jut have three ghost shrimp and I don't think they do. There's so much other stuff for them to eat closer to their level and they hide. I just put in a fertilizer substrate in the back for the deep rooting swords that is good for shrimp and since they have been hanging out there. It's the other end of the tank.
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None of them hat hatched bit they lay eggs every few days it seems all over the tank now so I am just going to let nature take its course.
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