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GwenInNM 10-17-2011 06:09 PM

My GBR's have eggs!!
 
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I'm so thrilled, though I know so little about what to do next. My new pair (just have had the male for about 2 weeks) have eggs. I knew they were happy with each other, and noticed the male was attacking my hand the other day, while cleaning the tank. Today I noticed the eggs. Here are some pics if you can see them. They are on the wood piece. Am I right? They are a bit larger than the sand grains that are also visible on the wood. I need to do some reading on what to do from here! Any help is welcome. I have Cardinal tetras in there with them. Will they try to eat them?

Gwen

Boredomb 10-17-2011 06:20 PM

I have not experience with this matter just wanted to say Congrats on the eggs! Hope you get the answers you are looking for.

GwenInNM 10-17-2011 07:15 PM


This is so amazing to watch. They keep the Cardinals at the other side of the tank - chasing them away. I'm thinking the small nest of eggs are fertilized, as they seem to take turns sitting over them, kind of fanning, but I don't see anything come out of either the female or male, so I assume they are done with that part. I will let them raise them in the tank, if they make it that far. If not, at least I know they will breed again, I'm sure. Yesterday I saw an indent in the sand, I figured they made, so I moved some rocks over to that area, figuring if they were thinking of laying eggs, they'd want to put them on something. Now, I'm wondering if they had already laid eggs in the sand (impossible to see) and that is why the male kept attacking my hand yesterday. I hope not. Well, I was going to vacumn my house tonight, I won't now. Trying to not disturb them.

Gwen

Plumkin 10-18-2011 12:54 AM

sorry to tell you but it looks like those eggs are unfertilized if there all white.. an in the pictures above they look white to me.

jennesque 10-18-2011 01:06 AM

Glad to hear yours had eggs too! :) This is their first spawn though so, honestly, I wouldn't get your hopes too high. It's hard not to though, I know. I went through this a couple weeks ago. :D

I did want to say, my GBRs constantly attack my hands when I'm doing anything in the tank. I don't know why, but it scares the bejeebus out of me!

GwenInNM 10-18-2011 06:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Plumkin (Post 865738)
sorry to tell you but it looks like those eggs are unfertilized if there all white.. an in the pictures above they look white to me.


Thanks to you both. I agree, my hopes are not high for anything to come of this. I'm actually hoping nothing does happen, because I leave Thursday morning for four days in Austin, TX, and I won't be around. I've read different things on color. Read they should be "transparent" which as of last night, I'd call these. Now, this morning, I can see about four in the group that are white, but the others still look more transparent. I see when they are called "wigglers" they are black/grey, but until then, really don't know what to look for. Did see on this site, that "white" was bad. I guess experience will teach me. Now the male is "sitting" over them, but they both take turns watching the eggs. Is it possible the male didn't fertilize them, and if so, why? If by Thursday morning they are not viable, should I leave them in the tank, or should I take them out? I return on Sunday very late. My husband will be here, but he won't do anything but feed the fish. I forgot to mention I have 2 amano shrimp in the tank also.

Gwen

GwenInNM 10-18-2011 04:45 PM


Well, eggs were in the tank this morning, mom sitting over them. Gone today when I got home at 3pm. Oh, well. I guess they ate them?

Female's tummy is still real red, so we'll see what happens from here.

Gwen

jennesque 10-18-2011 07:16 PM

Yeah.. mine ate them too.. at like day three too. It's not uncommon the first few times! :)

jennesque 10-20-2011 09:34 PM

Haha, I just wanted to let you know that my GBRs just spawned today -- on my sponge filter!! There's not really any other flat surface in the tank at this time, so I was curious if they'd spawn again, where they'd lay the eggs. I've been seeing them hang around the filter and pick at it, but I didn't think they're really spawn on it.

I can already see some of the fish snacking on the eggs though. Oh well!

GwenInNM 10-21-2011 07:59 AM

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Originally Posted by jennesque (Post 869593)
Haha, I just wanted to let you know that my GBRs just spawned today -- on my sponge filter!! There's not really any other flat surface in the tank at this time, so I was curious if they'd spawn again, where they'd lay the eggs. I've been seeing them hang around the filter and pick at it, but I didn't think they're really spawn on it.

I can already see some of the fish snacking on the eggs though. Oh well!


What fish you do you have in there, that are eating the eggs? I'm guessing mine ate their eggs, though I guess it could have been the Cardinals. The male GBR is being very protective of the side of the tank where they first put the eggs. I'm pretty sure they'll do this again, and maybe even soon (though I'm out of town till Sunday). The female's tummy is all red, and the male is constantly chasing the poor Cardinals if they go anywhere near "their" half of the tank. Now I wish I just had the GBR's in the tank without any other fish. Keep me posted on how yours do with having fry. Sponge filter is really weird. I put a small piece of slate in for mine, will see if they use it, or go back to the wood

Gwen


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