Originally Posted by Plumkin
Well I got some great news! I got eggs :D!!
my red virgin and my yellow pb spawned on the magnet on the same side of the tank my angels did when they first spawned. Here's some pics n vid , how often will my discus spawn I want to move them into there own tank, I didnt even know they would spawn just happened yesterday they like paired up and started shimmering around then pecking at a spot n now eggs! :)
still not to sure about my blues there pecking at the pot every now an then but no spawning yet..
should I leave the light on all night long in my main tank so they can protect there eggs?
could really use some of your guys thoughts
The pair with eggs in your community tank have no chance of raising fry with those other fish in the tank, sorry. The rainbows will pick off the fry once they are free swimming, if your eggs even make it to the free swimming stage.
Usually a pair goes through a couple of spawns before they "get it right" but with the other fish in there they have no chance. My pairs took about three to four spawns before they produced viable fry.
Do not leave the lights on all night, way to stressfull for all fish in the tank, especially your Discus. Discus parents have no problem guarding their eggs at night, it's the free swimming stage where they enounter problems.
Your blues, if they spawn, will have a better chance at raising any spawn they may lay, due to the fact that they are in their own tank. If you move the pair that are spawning in your community tank there is always the chance that the "bond" between the pair is broken. It can take awhile before they reestablish it. This happened to a friend of mine when he moved his Blue Scorpions to their own tank.
My discus pairs spawn every seven(!) days but sadly all free swimmers get gobbled up by the loaches during the day. After months of spawning both pairs are on hiatus. I'm told that this is common. They take a break in order to get "recharged". It's been two months since a spawn and I'm starting to wonder if they ever will again. After each water change the two pairs are poking at the magnet (favorite place to spawn) and also at the larger anubias leaves but no breeding tubes have come down.