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Rogergolf66 01-20-2007 05:14 PM

Mating pair of clown eggs
I have a picture of what I think is eggs from my clown fish.

Will They hatch?
do I need to do anything special to make them hatch?
Will the clowns eat the eggs?
will the clowns eat the baby fish if they hatch?
What can I do to help them live?

I am very excited I was hoping they would lay eggs!!!

What i think are the eggs are the little orange balls attaced to the rock at the belly of the clown?

Lauri 01-20-2007 05:22 PM

I dont know alot about saltwater fish but I found this ..
"Clownfish lay their eggs in batches on the clear coral or rock adjacent to the anemone, or at the base of the male guards the eggs until they hatch 4-5 days later. In some species of clownfish, the male cares for the young until they reach sexual maturity, at which time they leave to find their own host anemone."

Good luck :) keep us informed of what happens.

Melissa 01-20-2007 05:25 PM

i dont know if that is eggs. But if it is you will have to collect the fry and care for them in a seperate aquarium. Most clown babies do not last that long in a home aquarium, they will slowly die off.

Rogergolf66 01-20-2007 05:39 PM

what type of care?

I have a nother 20 gal tank I could set up with circulation and new water like a hospital tank?

Is that what you mean?

Will the other clowns eat the babys?

I only have the clown and a shrimp gobbie and a lawn mower blennie in this tank so do I still have to put them in a diff tank? If I have a chance for them to live I could set up a different tank to just raise them in?


Melissa 01-20-2007 07:50 PM

I am not to sure what you will need to do to care for babies. You will have to put them in a different tank though. you can always google it just to be sure.

caferacermike 01-21-2007 12:30 AM

You won't be able to pull it off this time. You can prepare for the next time but it's really not worth it. You will need a 10g tank, sponge filter, phytoplankton cultures, green water cultures, live baby brine. You will generally need to do large water changes twice daily. You will need to feed several times daily. The larva will do a great job of feeding the tank though.. I'll write to a friend in Houston that raises clowns and seahorses. If I get a response I'll send it to you. She is a housewife with plenty of time. I've read threads from her telling people that they really don't have the time to dedicate to raising them out.

Rogergolf66 01-21-2007 08:19 AM

please do thanks. My wife is a stay at home mom. she would be able to do some of this stuff you mentioned when I am working.


caferacermike 01-21-2007 09:14 AM

I'll work on that list later tonight when I get home. I have a day off and I'm headed 2 hours out for a reefkeeping meeting this afternoon. You'll have to be prepared for the next batch...

Rogergolf66 01-21-2007 10:13 AM

great thank you

Rogergolf66 01-23-2007 10:33 PM

any info yet?

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