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SKAustin 09-05-2008 05:45 PM

In Tank Filtration for a breeder/grow out
So let me start with the dilemma first:

We have a mated pair of Gold Stripe Maroon Clowns that have been regularly laying clutches of eggs. The problem, the eggs simply cannot survive in a standard aquarium setting. Reduced flow, simple filtration, and absence of predators are all needed to ensure the survival of the eggs, and the fish thereafter.

The Solution:

My plans are to create an in-tank filtration system, in a 10 gallon tank, that will serve to filter the water, as well as to provide the flow for the display. This will likely be a fish-only with LR system, so I have no plans at this time to incorporate a skimmer. The filtration will have to rely solely on the live rock, and a single filter pad. Macro algae will be grown in the tank to serve as nutrient export, as well as to provide protection for the hatchlings.

Any thoughts? Suggestions?

iamntbatman 09-05-2008 07:21 PM

How will you transport the eggs from the reef display to the 10g? Or are you planning on moving the clowns there to spawn?

SKAustin 09-05-2008 08:00 PM

The Clowns generally place their clutch on a clean section of rock. We have placed a few good rocks that are clean and small enough to remove in the tank. Hopefully they will utilize them. It's really a craps shoot, but once they do, the rock will be relocated to the growout system. If you dont remove the eggs, the female will eat them. Kinda makes you wonder how they survive in the wild.

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