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Hey everyone sorry it’s been a while! The cpds are all doing great in the 29g. They are with some ember tetras and they all hang out together quite a bit! It’s really awesome to see them all swim across the tank together. There’s a problem though! It is pretty impossible to get good photos of them now that they are in this tank! I have 0 skills with photography and rely on my iPhone to do the work. It constantly wants to focus on the hardscape and plants rather than the tiny fish! I’ll post a pic of the tank it’s doing well most of the plants are adapted and the Monte Carlo carpet is starting to spread now. Some of the buce hasn’t been doing great I probably should’ve waited until the tank was mature before trying to add the buce, but we’ll see how it goes. I just got some rotala wallichii a few days ago so I haven’t planted it yet you’ll notice it just sitting in there. Sorry for the not so great pics of the cpds themselves. If anyone has any tips on how to get better photos of them please help haha. 426879CD-4A2C-4463-839B-F2AB5C26AA7B.jpeg.be72d30c154f99b50c94610ab108fe7b.jpegE270D86D-ACBB-4275-BA94-2D8D0D32A149.jpeg.b78cf693c503fbaf3c0fb0f07fb19800.jpeg788FFE7D-E588-4B1B-97DD-93E71C3EF9B6.jpeg.dfc25b8c698a3fc40ad8e3f35d8d4b0f.jpeg66ED4B37-1416-44D8-94B6-ACE6E1061FE6.jpeg.15f0a7a8d2ceea6d78d64b5163e6bded.jpegC39E08A1-18CB-41EA-A5B6-99AC52A49BB3.jpeg.44ba9e9fcb405ac0ef305bfab2c278f3.jpegD4D6E636-E5B8-4AF9-A64F-0C5C9289C3B4.jpeg.919290e6cedf516f857b2cda02bd0ac2.jpeg

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Hey everybody it’s been a couple months now so I just wanted to share an update on the cpd fry and how many I have left at this point and something else interesting I noticed. Also an update on how the 29g is doing. First off out of the 40+ cpd fry I started with I think I may have about 12 remaining. A couple of them are still very small and I may think they had their growth stunted from staying in the 5g too long possibly or they were just born to be runts. When I bred them in the 2.5g I didn’t use a heater and the temp was about 74 to 75 degrees. I’ve noticed that all of the cpd fry have came out females I’m guessing because of the cooler temps they bred in? I have added to adults with their young now that they are of closer size. I have my 1 original male and about 15 females in total including the original 3 adults. I’ll post a pic of the aquarium and some of the fish. I tried my best to get pics of the fish! It’s the main reason I stopped posting updates was the struggles to get nice photos of the fish in this larger tank. E3205CDC-C078-490E-A532-489970123071.jpeg.26b78ef7d8de3d3588f443d8f9816092.jpeg851AF5D9-E0E7-4819-8978-986AC25CE836.jpeg.0fd7b46ddb94c23d7e0fc7a9ce06a59d.jpeg0EFAFD07-2726-4E94-A9EA-9F7DDD7B94C7.jpeg.108637139eae7b996d4e459b25bc9b8d.jpeg9CEA6015-77BA-4E6F-AEF7-AB775B573DAE.jpeg.d4ca6eaac86d6872f4321644c7a6af8c.jpeg5FD8B327-27F5-4916-A0EA-3A3BDD28C207.jpeg.b288009011f33dc9d550bc6ea6a9ca78.jpeg7C1047BF-9B86-4C8C-B33D-6D6A10B857AA.jpeg.b93bea4b975c2fdae4d75e6fc903c0c1.jpegCE2A8328-DC25-411A-B446-82C3C8840F3E.jpeg.ee70d1240256903875f0bbe75c2df9ea.jpeg

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On 12/4/2021 at 4:05 PM, Mr Gumby said:

Tank is looking good, shame that you've had so many losses.

Interesting to hear you got such a high percentage of females. I've seen a few articles on temperature dictating the sex

Thank you I appreciate it! I’m really unsure why I’ve lost so many the interesting thing is I’ve never seen a body. There could be more fish hiding behind the stones and in amongst the plants, but I can’t imagine there’s much more. It’s pretty cool to see the parents with their children in the same tank together now! 

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If it's heavily planted you could well have quite a few bumbling about in the weeds, there ability to cover the entire tank is one of the things I love about these fish.

do have a big soft spot for them, currently have about 70 adults and juveniles in my display tank. Recently added ten emerald dwarf Rasbora to the tank which are very similar fish and managed to get 5 fry from them while in quarantine 😂

I'm going to need to setup a nano fish store soon lol

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On 12/4/2021 at 6:49 PM, Mr Gumby said:

If it's heavily planted you could well have quite a few bumbling about in the weeds, there ability to cover the entire tank is one of the things I love about these fish.

do have a big soft spot for them, currently have about 70 adults and juveniles in my display tank. Recently added ten emerald dwarf Rasbora to the tank which are very similar fish and managed to get 5 fry from them while in quarantine 😂

I'm going to need to setup a nano fish store soon lol

That sounds amazing! I do really like the pattern on the emerald dwarf rasboras! You probably could do well selling nano fish they are very popular and there are so many options so you’ll never get bored or run out of breeding projects! I have 5 white clouds in another aquarium I’d love to breed! They really shine from across the room even so I’d love to have a large group of them. I can’t imagine it being any harder than cpds.

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On 12/5/2021 at 2:54 PM, eatyourpeas said:

So do I! I am starting to consider adding some to one of my tanks. 😍

Your CPD tank is looking great, @Slick_Nick

Thank you so much I really appreciate it! You definitely should add some if you have the space for it! It’s awesome that such little fish can have such striking patterns!

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On 12/6/2021 at 2:56 PM, Beardedbillygoat1975 said:

CPDs are on my breeding bucket list. Agree with everyone else @Slick_Nick great to see you move this through the whole process and what a great job with the carpet and the scape! 

Thank you that is very much appreciated! There is so much to enjoy in this hobby! I definitely recommend breeding them it’s a really fun experience!

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Jimmie has youtube videos about taking better pictures. One thing I found most helpful was using a free picture app that allowed me to turn the focus to manual. I would set the focus to a certain distance and take dozens of pictures when the fish moved into the camera field of view at the right distance. I could always get a couple good ones out of a dozen bad.

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On 12/9/2021 at 2:25 PM, Dancing Matt said:

Jimmie has youtube videos about taking better pictures. One thing I found most helpful was using a free picture app that allowed me to turn the focus to manual. I would set the focus to a certain distance and take dozens of pictures when the fish moved into the camera field of view at the right distance. I could always get a couple good ones out of a dozen bad.

Thank you! I actually remember watching those videos. I guess I didn’t pay good enough attention lol. I will definitely give that a shot this weekend and see if I can get any! If so I’ll post them on here

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On 12/13/2021 at 1:01 PM, Dancing Matt said:

@Slick_Nick, I have an android... I use the "ProCam X lite" app and the only setting I change to manual is the focus. That would be my suggestion try using auto on all functions except focus. Also take a lot of pictures and expect to only get a few you like.

Thank you for the suggestion. I'll give that a try since they are such zippy-dee-doo-dahs. I want to get a nice still of the girl CPDs to follow their belly progress.

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On 12/16/2021 at 1:02 AM, Slick_Nick said:

I unfortunately tested positive for covid Monday so I’m quarantining upstairs in my house. All my fish tanks are downstairs so even with all this spare time I can’t even practice getting pictures of my fish or enjoy them at all what a bummer! 

Hope you're doing ok, my better half had it a few weeks ago but luckily she only had heavy cold symptoms and lost her sense of taste

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On 12/16/2021 at 12:02 PM, Slick_Nick said:

I unfortunately tested positive for covid Monday so I’m quarantining upstairs in my house. All my fish tanks are downstairs so even with all this spare time I can’t even practice getting pictures of my fish or enjoy them at all what a bummer! 

Best wishes Nick, hope you’re doing well. I bet the fish are missing you. Or not, perhaps… they might be thinking “thank goodness we get a break from having that camera stuck in our faces!”

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Hi everyone,

I just harvested my first CPD eggs (first fish eggs, really) yesterday and I had a couple questions.

Background: I’ve collected the eggs in a cup, floated them for a couple hours in methylene blue, then transferred them to a painted Fluval breeding box (photo attached). I added the egg trap to the main tank 24 hours ago, so none of the eggs are more than a day old.

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1) How much water circulation and aeration do eggs and new fry need? I’d like to keep them in methylene blue to inhibit fungus growth, but I don’t want to get any of the dye in my main tank’s water. Can I hatch them in a cup, then transfer the fry to the breeding box?

2) I had a fry hatch only 24 hours after I collected the eggs. Is this normal? I’ve also attached a photo of the fry.

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On 12/18/2021 at 5:08 PM, Allan B. said:

Hi everyone,

I just harvested my first CPD eggs (first fish eggs, really) yesterday and I had a couple questions.

Background: I’ve collected the eggs in a cup, floated them for a couple hours in methylene blue, then transferred them to a painted Fluval breeding box (photo attached). I added the egg trap to the main tank 24 hours ago, so none of the eggs are more than a day old.

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1) How much water circulation and aeration do eggs and new fry need? I’d like to keep them in methylene blue to inhibit fungus growth, but I don’t want to get any of the dye in my main tank’s water. Can I hatch them in a cup, then transfer the fry to the breeding box?

2) I had a fry hatch only 24 hours after I collected the eggs. Is this normal? I’ve also attached a photo of the fry.

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I dropped mine into a 5 gallon with a small sponge filter. They stayed in it until they were big enough to go back in the display tank.

Never worried about eggs getting fungus so just left them with the Java moss I'd spawned them in as there will be some infusoria ready when the yolk runs out. I don't think it's an issue with CPD eggs like it is with egg clutches like corydoras. Could be wrong but not seen it with my tanks.

The eggs will have been laid over a period of days so I had four or five fry pretty quickly and ended up with 50 after four days.

As for food I used liquifry, vinegar eels and micro worms until they were big enough for BBS.

Enjoy the journey 😁👍

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On 12/18/2021 at 10:08 AM, Allan B. said:

Hi everyone,

I just harvested my first CPD eggs (first fish eggs, really) yesterday and I had a couple questions.

Background: I’ve collected the eggs in a cup, floated them for a couple hours in methylene blue, then transferred them to a painted Fluval breeding box (photo attached). I added the egg trap to the main tank 24 hours ago, so none of the eggs are more than a day old.

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1) How much water circulation and aeration do eggs and new fry need? I’d like to keep them in methylene blue to inhibit fungus growth, but I don’t want to get any of the dye in my main tank’s water. Can I hatch them in a cup, then transfer the fry to the breeding box?

2) I had a fry hatch only 24 hours after I collected the eggs. Is this normal? I’ve also attached a photo of the fry.

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Congrats first off Allan B! To be honest I didn’t pay any attention to the amount of flow around the eggs. I bred mine in a cheap 2.5 gallon that had very little flow. Personally I think if you are just breeding for fun all those factors aren’t as important as they would be if you’re trying to maximize most possible fish with best survival rate. I would just let them hatch in the breeder box personally. The good news is they spawn like crazy so if you make a mistake I’m sure you’ll get another chance with more eggs! 

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