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Old 09-15-2011, 12:08 AM   #141
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I'm also hoping this gives the parents a reason to lay more eggs.
True true! Good thinking.

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Wow, I have been out of touch! Looks really good!

I have a couple tips from my experience that may or may not help. To harvest your brine shrimps easily just use a straw, you know put your finger on it/cap it then put it in water and remove finger - suck up shrimps! I then put them in a shotglass with water from the tank in it to rinse them. Worked pretty good.

To protect them from the filter, you can get a little mesh bag from Petsmart to cover it with. They also have them with sponge type things, but I found it really restricted the water flow.

Sorry about your losses and I hope things are going well now!
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Old 09-15-2011, 07:05 PM   #143
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Wow, I have been out of touch! Looks really good!

I have a couple tips from my experience that may or may not help. To harvest your brine shrimps easily just use a straw, you know put your finger on it/cap it then put it in water and remove finger - suck up shrimps! I then put them in a shotglass with water from the tank in it to rinse them. Worked pretty good.

To protect them from the filter, you can get a little mesh bag from Petsmart to cover it with. They also have them with sponge type things, but I found it really restricted the water flow.

Sorry about your losses and I hope things are going well now!
Thanks that sounds like a good way to do it. Neither of the two batches of brine shrimp produced much at all so I'm sticking with first bites for the time being.
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Update! I've remove everything from the tank except one plant and the sand. There are lots of little free swimmers moving around all over the tank. The water is filthy again so I cleaned the filter and I'm waiting for the water to clear up a bit before I try to take pics. There are more left than I thought, so that is good news.

A tip for anyone else going through this. Make a lot of dents in the sand. They seem to be gathering in the low areas of the sand, I assume to stay out the filter current.
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Old 09-15-2011, 07:13 PM   #145
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Cool!!!!!! Nd cant wait for pics
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Hi. Sorry to hear uv lost some. As u know, I removed eggs after spawning and its been constant work for me since. However I got loads of wrigglers and parents are eyeing up the cd/slate for probably next week laying again. Dad only missed about a dozen eggs out of I'd say 300 so think he aims better than me!!!

I had a couple trying to swim, thinking by Saturday they will be on the move. I gathered my eggs with a air tube and my suction and placed into an upside down weighted metal coffee jar lid inside the tank. Keeps them all together for cleaning the tank and I can keep an eye on them.

Keep us up to date. I'm a couple of days behind you so be interesting to see how you get on. Mine laid on the 11th.

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Angel Fry Free Swimming
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Nice! Very tiny but should grow...
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My lord there are tons of themmm!!!! Now how many are expected to survive from this point on?
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Prolly most id say 50+ maybe more
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:09 PM   #151
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My lord there are tons of themmm!!!! Now how many are expected to survive from this point on?
Hard to say, it is a long river to swim, so to speak. There are maybe 50-100 left at this point out of 200+ wrigglers. I should have taken the parents out sooner.
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Did the parents eat most?
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Did the parents eat most?
I'm sure they ate some, the main problem was they kept moving them around and I think that killed a bunch.
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They could have... But it was good you'll still have a bunch
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They definitely move the fry around a lot, its normal behavior for cichlids. I think it's primarily to keep the fry safe. All of my cichlids that have bred do this, they'll let them free swim in a certain area but if the current is too strong they will keep moving them, and at night they will tuck them all into a corner somewhere. I've noticed that some parents will try to spit all the free swimmers back onto a leaf or corner all the time, and they also spit food on them, so it may be that they are trying to get them to eat as well.
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How did you move them into their own tank again?? The fry
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How did you move them into their own tank again?? The fry

The eggs were laid on a plant leaf, I moved the entire plant to the new tank.
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Oh smart. Next time will you just move it right after their laid so the parents wont keep moving them?
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On the subject of angelfish laying eggs, my plat blue/german gold pair just spawned again last night. The fry from the last spawn are looking more like angelfish now, if I can bring myself to take pics then I'll let you know, lol.
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Cool! So..... Cant wait to see them! Lol, love pics
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