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post #1 of 7 Old 04-21-2011, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Lemon Tetra Eggs??

Hey guys. I was watching my 55 gallon Amazon tank out of the corner of my eye while I was working on my laptop. All of the sudden I noticed a HUGE amount of tiny floating debris in the water. It looked soft.

My Lemon Tetras have practiced some spawning behavior, but I have never seen evidence of a successful laying. I never even suspected a successful turnout because my pH is at 7.4, and Tetras don't usually spawn in water that is higher than 7.

The debris did not really look like round eggs at all. They all were short, not really all that relatively thin, but not fat, and were slightly curved. Does this match the desciption of any Characins' eggs you can think of? The Lemon Tetras seemed interested in consuming about 50-80 of these remaining pieces, so I fed them some flakes to fill and distract them. They lost interest in the giant, strange looking mass of unknown objects.

What else could it have been? I have some (free) ramshorn snails that are pretty small swimming around near the top of the tank. 3 at the most, but I don't think there was more than 2 when I checked after I fed the tetra. I doubt ramshorns lay a humungous mass of waste, because they are supposedly very light on the bioload. It was sort of near my air-powed sponge filter, but it didn't seem effected by the currect. It seemed to come from a different direction.

I also have a piece of Anacharis that isn't in great condition growing up near the sponge filter. Does this sound like something that would be caused by a sprouting Anacharis?

I would just like some advice. I don't really know what to think of this, but if it is Lemon Tetra eggs, I would really like to dig them out of the substrate and raise them, because I keep losing Lemon Tetra, and I am sick of it. My LFS does not take great care of Lemon Tetras, so I recon I will probably not buy any more school fish from them under the exception of the Von Rio/Flame Tetras, because I can't find those anywhere else.

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-22-2011, 12:46 PM
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I looked around and found a video from a forum user in Turkey. He has a video for lemon tetra spawning (uremesi). It has pictures of a few eggs. They look nothing like what you described.

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post #3 of 7 Old 04-22-2011, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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You posted a link to a vid of a Pearl Gourami? I didn't watch the entire vid, should I have?

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You posted a link to a vid of a Pearl Gourami? I didn't watch the entire vid, should I have?

Sorry should have been more specific. On the right hand side of the website, there are more videos from the user. Scroll down until you see limon tetra uremise. Near the end of the video you see the photos of the eggs.
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Like most characins, Lemon Tetra are egg scatterers. As that video nicely shows, the pair scatter eggs among plants. To my knowledge the eggs do not float but fall and stick in the plants. You can also see the third tetra gobbling them up as fast as it can, which is also normal.

Snail eggs are laid in a mass of gelatin-like substance and attached to something, like a leaf, tank wall, filter tube.

No idea what the floating things are you describe. A photo might help.

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Like most characins, Lemon Tetra are egg scatterers. As that video nicely shows, the pair scatter eggs among plants. To my knowledge the eggs do not float but fall and stick in the plants. You can also see the third tetra gobbling them up as fast as it can, which is also normal.

Snail eggs are laid in a mass of gelatin-like substance and attached to something, like a leaf, tank wall, filter tube.

No idea what the floating things are you describe. A photo might help.

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I understand that Lemon Tetra are egg scatterers. The debris didn't float to the top, I just meant it was "floating" while sinking, if that makes any sense at all. I am also aware that snails lay eggs in a gelatin-like substance, as I have raised many generations of ramshorn snails. I was thinking maybe it was snail waste, but I still doubt that those 2 snails could produce so much waste.

I am convinced that it isn't Lemon Tetra or snail eggs. However, it still may be live, or have the potential to live. In other words, maybe it is something released from Anacharis? That is the only thing I can think of other then Lemon Tetra eggs (which is disproven, I think) and snail waste.

btw, it was pretty small debris, so I do not think that I will be able to get a picture.

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post #7 of 7 Old 04-22-2011, 03:02 PM
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I saw something similar (I have 9 lemon Tetras only in my tank), but I just thought it would be poop. I don't know what Lemon Tetra Poop looks like. So what else is in the tank? Did you add anything of recent?

I had a snail egg infestation due to plants I bought. It took me a few days to find out they are snail eggs. Looked like dandelion seeds. Now I can find the website that had the egg pictures as now I'm trying to find out what kind of snails they are.
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