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post #31 of 40 Old 09-24-2010, 10:00 PM
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The parents will work hard all night to protect them. But once they are all free-swimming is when it gets difficult for them in a community tank. Hopefully a few will find shelter among your plants. They can also feed off of zooplankton for many months.
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post #32 of 40 Old 09-25-2010, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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This morning when the tank lights came on I saw that there were only five fry left. The five that were there were already feeding off of mom & dad's slime coats. I was so excited! I went into the kitchen to rinse some blackworms, came back to feed the tank and all babies were gone. How sad. I'm not sure if Discus are affected by losing their fry but dad ate like a pig and mom had no interest. This marks the forth day since she has shown no interest in food. I wonder how long before they spawn again?
I said I wouldn't do this but I think setting up a separate breeder tank is in the works. It's so hard to not want to do this knowing I have a pair of "successful" parents. Clearing out the laundry room today.

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Awe Kym, I'm sorry to hear. Well like you said, at least you know now they can be parents and giving them their own space might help. Good luck.

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Awe Kym, I'm sorry to hear. Well like you said, at least you know now they can be parents and giving them their own space might help. Good luck.
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post #35 of 40 Old 09-25-2010, 04:30 PM
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sorry to hear that...maybe its like angels and sometimes they need a few tries to get it right...got my fingers crossed for yah...

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sorry to hear that...maybe its like angels and sometimes they need a few tries to get it right...got my fingers crossed for yah...
Well, the parents did great! I think it was the other fish in the community tank that ate the babies over the night. This morning as I watched the babies feeding off of the slime coat I realize they don't actually "stick" to the mom or dad like glue. They will feed a little, swim away a little, them swim back. It's when they swim away that they are vulnerable. If there had been no other fish in the tank I'm convinced these parents wouldn't have lost any fry.

I'm looking on craigslist right now for a good used tank. I hope when I move the parents I don't lose the "magic".

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post #37 of 40 Old 09-25-2010, 06:13 PM
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Awww shucks! That stinks, Kym. That's exactly what happened to me. The number slowly dwindled down then when I went to check again all the fry were gone. Setting up another tank, eh? How does Wade feel about this? Or does he not know yet
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Or does he not know yet
Of course he doesn't know. I'm dumb, but not stupid.

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post #39 of 40 Old 09-25-2010, 11:31 PM
Congrats!!! I will be eagerly awaiting your updates! : )

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Oh man I am sorry your babys got eaten. I was enjoying reading about them. Petco has tanks on sale $1.00 a gallon do you have any close to you? Or you could order it on line also.

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