10-21-2011, 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by lorax84
So I got home from work last night and found that my GBRs had spawned for the first time. The female has been ready to go for a while, but the male took a few months to mature. When I woke up this morning it looked as though about 1/2 the eggs had been eaten, of what was left about 1/2 had turned white. So, I have a few questions:
1. Are the white eggs infertile?
2. I am assuming the parents ate the eggs, is there any way to prevent this or do they just learn on their own?
3. Now that they have spawned can I expect spawns regularly?
4. If I do have any surviving fry what do I feed them?
Answers to any or all of these questions are appreciated. Oh and my tank is a 20H, heavily planted, 7.6ph, the only other tank inhabitants a 6 Cardinal Tetras, and a large number (50-100) of Cherry Shrimp.
I'm jumping in, cause I want to learn too. Mine also just spawned, days ago, but the eggs were gone in 2 days. Yes, white apparently means not fertile. Many fish or hungry snails will eat eggs, but I've heard here, that often with newly spawning pairs, they do eat them :(
I also have Cardinals with mine. I hear fry can usually manage the baby brime shrimp just fine. Perhaps even egg yolk for protein, but no clue about that - see if others have feedback on cooked egg yolk. I hope I can one day get mine to hatch. Once they spawn, they will spawn again (heard that here).