Photos of the rewarding part of breeding fish
These are 3 spawns of a few hundred fish each. Many different kinds of angelfish with 50% wild blood in these.
I find looking at these guys one of the most rewarding part of breeding fish.:-D
Very cool, I see you use the jar in tank method for the early fry, read about that a few weeks ago, pretty neat. Be interested to hear what volume of tanks you use for how many/how old fry also what your water change and feeding schedule is like.
Once they are about half pea size, each jar gets emptied into a 10 gallon tank. They stay in here for a week or two, until they are above pea size. The 10 gallon tank makes it easy for them to find the food, but also requires lots of water changes. I try to do a 50% change every day or every other day on the 10 gallon tanks.
At above pea size, each spawn (~250+ fish) goes into a 30 gallon. Here 50% water changes every 2 days. I raise them here to just about dime size then I do my first cull.
After the first cull they go into 75 gallon grow out tanks where I continue to cull as I grow them out to quarter+ size for sale. With large water changes and good bio filtration, I can easily grow out (to quarter size) 100+ angels in each 75 gallon tank.
As for feeding, they get hatched baby brine shrimp until they go into the 30, where I make the transition to microgrind and fry starter pellets. I feed only 2 times each day, even for the newly hatched fry.
With my current set up I can leave the fishroom with no feedings to go on vacation for up to 7 days, even with batches of newly swimming fry with essentially no losses. I just turn the heat down from 80 to 70, and they do fine.
Also, my spawns average in the 250-300 fish range. But there are differences. I've raised spawns of 100 fish, as well as spawns of more than 500. Anything under 100, I don't bother with and leave then as a snack for the parents.
Here's a spawn on the large side that I pulled the other day. Look closely to see the eggs on the slate.
Hope this helps:-)
Very cool and good information. Would love to see pictures of the setup you got going there so I can drool and plan! Also I take it you supply some local retailers or what other methods do you have of selling these guys?
Also how many pairs do you have going?
As of today, I have 6 pairs actively breeding. Some pairs breed every 7-8 days, others, every 12-14 days, some every 10-11 days -- you get the picture.
Sure I can post post pics tomorrow.
Wow - that's a lot of fish :)
Welcome to TFK and thanks for sharing.
Wow that is really cool and a ton of fish. I cant wait until I am able to start breeding some of my fish
Wow, excellent. I read about your work, your set-ups and am amazed. I couldn't find the time (not even if I was paid to!) to raise not even one batch of my discus wrigglers. I had to sit sadly by while I watched the other fish in the tank eat the free swimming fry. Oh well, I can live vicariously through you!! :-D
PS. That is one huge spawn in that pic above...impressive!
You make me sooo jealous. The pics were great and you have an amazing setup going on. I can't even raise guppies! :roll:
Good job though!
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