11-10-2010, 10:37 PM
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Kissing Gourami Fry
A little story to share my excitement (sorry it’s a little long): Two weeks ago I woke up to cloudy water and 1000s of eggs floating in my 75g. I was completely caught off guard and had no idea who they had come from. I looked around and saw that the only fish large enough to have produced that many eggs where the kissing gouramis and the clown loaches. I than saw that one of my kissing gouramis had an indentation on either side of it's belly and decided that the egg had to have come from her. I was a little annoyed at the cloudy water, I had just spent the weekend doing a major cleaning on the tank after finding a new home for a large pleco that my neighbor had dumped into the tank when it had out grown hers. I was happy to have found a new home for that plant destroying poop machine (as cool as he was, he didn't belong in my tank) and even happier to have new plants and clean gravel. I left for work. Anyways, I left for work wondering if I was right about the eggs coming from the kissing gourami, wondering if they were fertile, and wondering what it was going to take to clear the water up again. When I got home from work all the eggs had turned black and the water was still very cloudy. I figured that the black eggs meant that they were all unfertile and that they were growing fungus. After dinner I got all my equipment out to do a quick water change when I noticed that all the black eggs had sprouted tails and were wiggling around. The annoyance changed to excitement. I got a Dixie cup and started scooping fry out of the tank and putting them in a breeder net. One little scoop was turning up 100s of fry, it was unbelievable how many there were. Today they are 2 weeks old, they have started surfacing to breathe air, which assures me that they have to be gouramis, and they seem to have just recently exploded in size. I still have at least 100 left, which is exciting because I have read that the first 2 weeks are the hardest to keep them alive, and if I have 100+ at this point I’m assuming I will be able to raise a decent number to adults. The picture with the cup shows how many eggs/fry I could catch with just one scoop of the small cup… like I said, unbelievable numbers.
The picture looking down on the breeder net shows the final number I caught from the main tank to try and raise. That picture was taken just after they developed 2 separate eyes and just before they became free swimming.
I'll try to get another picture up tomorrow showing how big they are now.
Last edited by kaxt; 11-10-2010 at 10:40 PM..