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Old 08-18-2010, 04:56 PM   #31
 
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That is most impressive. They are larger than I expected for newly hatched fry. They almost resemble an oto with their size and shape. I hope some survive for you. Good luck!
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Old 08-18-2010, 05:01 PM   #32
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Sweet these are interesting fish, glad you've had such a good hatch out so far!
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:08 PM   #33
 
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Byron- that is amazing! Good pics, too. I know you always like to let nature "take its course" but I'm happy to hear you netted out the babies to the 10gl. It'll be interesting to watch them develop. I'm loving your new camera skills!!
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:38 PM   #34
 
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Congratulations! That is certainly some exciting news for you. They are pretty cute when they are so small. I hope some of them grow to adulthood for you. What will you do if your tank becomes over run with these guys?
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:14 PM   #35
 
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Congratulations! That is certainly some exciting news for you. They are pretty cute when they are so small. I hope some of them grow to adulthood for you. What will you do if your tank becomes over run with these guys?
Sell them. They sell for $12-15 each in Vancouver.

And thanks kymmie. B.

Fish are spawning all over the place. This week an Emperor Tetra fry appeared in a tank in which there have never been Emperor tetra. Wonder who can figure that out? [There's a reason, my fish are not flying from tank to tank--at least I don't think they are].

And the Bolivians are preparing to try again, after something (I suspect one of the nocturnal catfish) got the first batch of eggs on the second night. And the Hemigrammus pulcher were scattering eggs earlier this week, all I'm sure eagerly devoured by the rummynose that were sitting patiently below the plants waiting.
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:47 PM   #36
 
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The only way I can think of to get a fry in the tank that had never had Emperor Tetras before is you moved plants from another tank that had eggs on them.Am I right?
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:59 PM   #37
 
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The only way I can think of to get a fry in the tank that had never had Emperor Tetras before is you moved plants from another tank that had eggs on them.Am I right?
Yes, either the egg or a fry were moved either in plants or in wood. I had pulled the 70g apart and set it up with new gravel and rocks and new wood. I moved over a few plants from the 33g, and the Emperors had been in there about 6 weeks prior. When I noticed the 3/8 inch fry for the first time, 3 weeks later still, it was an hour after I moved a piece of wood from the 33g. So it could have been a fry in a tunnel in the wood.

I also have 5 Emperors that "appeared" in the 90g about 3 months after the Emperors had been removed from that tank. And 3 of these appeared first, about 3/8 inch long; some 5 weeks later two more 3/8 inch fry appeared, by which time the first 3 were 3/4 inch long. That seems a long time for eggs to be sitting so I am assuming the first fry spawned.

I seem to have a glut of Emperors.
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Old 08-24-2010, 12:31 PM   #38
 
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Byron, wanted to check in to see how the fry are going? Are they getting bigger?
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:21 PM   #39
 
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According to published information, the fry take 5 days to absorb the yolk sac before they become free swimming. Yesterday was day 5 post-hatching, and when I checked this morning a few minutes ago after the lights came on, I see that the 7 fry are spread out around the tank whereas for the past 5 days they have remained basically in one corner (5 of them, the other 2 I could never see). So they are obviously moving around the tank today. They still appear to be rather motionless, but if I sit and observe them for a longer period I should see them "swimming". They are about 1/2 inch in length now, very thin of course, and hanging on plant leaves or the glass.

I've let the direct daylight and sunlight hit this tank for the past couple of days to encourage algae, as they require soft green foods at first. Feeding the fry initially is said to be the trickiest part of the whole process. I can't see there is any need for me to start polluting the tank with decomposing spinach or something, there is a lot of natural algae which is after all what they would eat in nature.

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Old 08-24-2010, 01:26 PM   #40
 
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Wow ive seen these in my LFS, but they dont look nearly as happy, and full of colour as yours.
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