jwcarlson Posted March 15 Share Posted March 15 (edited) Figured... why not? I find that a lot of breeding information lacks some information that someone like me with hard, alkaline water would really like to know. It's usually broad/general. "slightly acidic" "neutral" "soft"... Maybe my water is roughly soft compared to what someone else is dealing with. I saw a discus keeper putting in a massive RO system in because his well water is 1700 TDS. Which seems almost impossible. In any event, that's not part of this. I bought some CPDs from AquaHuna in November, unfortunately of the eight CPDs one was dead on arrival. One had a swim bladder problem and died a week later and one was a Furcatta Rainbow. So I ended up with four males and one female. They were small, but as they grew the female really started to swell up. So far, all she has done is swollen up in the main tank. She never shrinks down like she's laying eggs, figuring she was getting harrassed too much in the main tank (even the furcatta will rub up and show interest in her). So I started taking her out and putting her with a male in the next door QT tank that just has some bladder snails in it. After a couple days she gets skinny and I move them back for about a week as she bulks up again. After the first couple times of this I decided why not try to hatch some? First, I figured my tap water wouldn't work, I tested last night to confirm. pH of 8.2, KH of 15, GH of 22. But apparently that's not prohibitive. The tank as it originally was before they went in. Some pest snails and a couple of "devil's spike" snails as well as a mix of cherry shrimp. Some of the males: Female getting a little chunky (in QT tank so washed out): Female thinned out and colored up better (QT tank is bare bottom and no background), but she's also closer to mating here than above: Their main tank now: So after a couple of spawns to keep her from bursting with eggs, I finally noticed some eggs. Got a hang on breeding box at LFS and decided to pipette out the handful of eggs I saw. I could see maybe 5-8 of them. March 10th: My 10 year old daughter helped suck up most of them. I counted 35 when we were all done, not bad for one female over two days. March 11: Some had already started to hatch after about a day. No visible eyes yet, totally white bodies. So small... March 12, I added methylene blue after we caught the eggs on the 11th: Since they were hatching I did a "big" water change in the breeder box, pulled the box outside of the tank, and then hooked up the circulation. March 13, lots more hatched: March 14, they've been coloring up quite a bit the last day or so. Can see eyes now and they have some color on their sides. Still no one is free swimming, but they do hop around occasionally. I expect some will be swimming here in the next... day? I've been trying to keep the water pretty clean with a pipette. Turned up the current a bit this AM enough to stir up the debris and gently netted the heavy stuff out when I got it up into the water column. Did a 50% WC last night on the tank they're sharing water with as well. It's really tough to count them, but I think there's about 25 left. More than 20 for sure. Still an egg or two that's bouncing around, but perhaps they're not going to make it, I'll remove them tonight probably as hatching like two days behind your cohort typically isn't a good sign. March 14th pic: This has been pretty interesting. I am an absolute sucker for watching things grow. I have a couple different fry powders (Sera Micron and New Life Spectrum), vinegar eels, and the BBS are on a constant rotation for my apistos, so should have feeding covered. I'll rig up a tiny siphon to clean the mess out of their breeder box. I don't mind doing the maintenance to keep the box in good shape. I like the idea of being able to focus feed, at least until I know how much they can consume. Anyway, I'll update periodically. I'm kind of curious how quickly they grow once they start eating. I'm currently amazed that any of them survive in the wild considering their early life. All the credit really goes to this video, honestly. I've watched it probably 5+ times. If you've not checked out @Lowells Fish Lab, you're cheating yourself. Fantastic videos. Also to @Guppysnail for help in my other thread here: Edited March 15 by jwcarlson 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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