I placed my 1 male x oranda and 1 female x sarasa oranda in a breeding setup last night. I woke up this morning to find 30 - 50 eggs all over the tank with only 2 eggs on the spawning mop.
I had them at 28 deg Celsius and then put them in the breeding tank at the same temperature. I then set the heater to 22C and later switched the heater off completely. This was done in a period of 3 hours.
During this time I fed them bloodworms every hour until lights out. I woke up at 8am this morning to find the spawning mop at the other end of the tank. Not where I initially placed it. It took half an hour until I was happy with the chasing but then I added my fan tail male so he could add some interesting features to some of the fry.
He chased her around but she only threw out about 10 - 15 eggs. She still looks plump but after 1 hour, they just sit there looking for food. I removed all the fish and turned my HOB filter (with sponge on intake) and heater on (22deg).
I guess its a bit too late to start an infusoria culture.
Can I just feed them crushed flakes in water after their egg sacks are completely eaten?
I cant wait for them to hatch!It apparently takes 2 days or so....
out of the 50 eggs, I'm guessing that there will be about 25 fry born healthy.
EDIT: Just placed the male and female back into the breeding tank. I'm not convinced that they are done spawning. She still is a bit plump and needs to lose some egg weight!