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Thread: Hello World! and Clown fish rasing

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    Hello World! and Clown fish rasing

    I'm saying "HI!" in here becuse i couldn't start a new topic in the new member section...
    I bought my first reef SEP07 from a friend in Brandon, Suffolk. I had to move house a few months later, but was hooked on reef'n! I had to shift all my livestock, but could keep my tanks. I've picked up loads of coral and I am atempting a coral fram. it isn't anything to write home about, but it is a start. I have more than 15 types of zoa, 2 different leathers, a little SPS and 4 or so types of LPS in a couple colours... I have a 6'L x 24"W x 27"H plastic (acrylic/perspecs) tank with two sets of 4' lights (and one fish) and a 300 l "frag" tank w/ a 150W MH...


    I meet a guy a one of my LFS and he said that his clown fish laid some eggs. He didn't think he could raise them, so I offered to take them off his hands... any tips? i've heard that rotifers are great. Another guy around here grows his own phyto and has loads to spare... i was thinking about droping the rock that is on in my fuge. it is gravity feed from my frag tank then gravity to my sump. it is low flow... how do i transport the rock from his tank to mine? I assume that it should be kept wet. any other adivise?
    thanks for your time,
    Stephen

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    Re: Hello World! and Clown fish rasing

    Strange you could not start one in the new members section! I will take a look soon!!

    I would reccomend they stay in contact with water pretty much all the time, i have also read that you should not attempt to peel them off the rock/object they have been laid on. However with fish breeding not being my subject i will sit back and wait for the more experienced person to give advice :lol:

    Thanks!

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    Re: Hello World! and Clown fish rasing

    Hiya Stephen, We have to stop meeting like this.
    I am currently raising clownfish young and I must firstly point out it is not as easy as some people make out however it is possible and so rewarding.
    You will need to remove the eggs on the hatch night which you will be able to tell from the silverness of the eggs.
    At this stage it does not matter as to different waters as long as the water is 100% good - I use newly mixed salt water at 1.021.
    The eggs can be exposed to the air briefly.
    The eggs must be placed in a seperate small tank and have the bubbles from an airstone hit them fairly roughly. People normally try to get the clowns to lay onto a tile so this can be placed at a 45 degree angle with airstone underneath.The fry are so small and weak they will not cope with any kind of overflow etc in your tanks.
    The tank and room needs to be in complete darkness for minimum 2 hours - even a crack of light will stop the hatch.
    When they hatch you need to lower the water level to a few inches and heavily flood the tank with rotifers. Some people add green water at this stage too to keep the rotifers nutricious.
    I water change twice per day.
    Keep us informed how you get on and I can help you further if you get a hatch.

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    Re: Hello World! and Clown fish rasing

    Well I can't quite make the "drive" to Sallow Aquatics, so I don't know how else I'll meet you...
    after posting I did notice that you were rasing some clownfish so I read your thread... I was hoping to put the eggs in my refugium on my frag tank. It has an overflow out, but as far as water going into it I just use an airline from my frag tank to fuge. the flow is really low in and out... it is about 15" X 2+' or so. I don't know how deep it is. I might have some small starfish in it and all sorts of pods...
    Should I still stay away from that and put it in a seperate tank/bucket?
    if so, should/could i just us a salt bucket instead of a tank?
    could i use water from my frag tank instead of new water, or should I just mix 10 gal and use some at a time...
    I have to go to class now...
    Thanks for your input!
    Stephen

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    Re: Hello World! and Clown fish rasing

    Your only problem will be keeping enouh rotifers in this area.
    The young clownfish are only a little bit larger than a pod so could definately not eat one. I dont even think my larger ones could manage to munch on a pod.
    It is said they need 1000 rotfifers per day per clownfish so your water really needs to be thick with rotifers so they can literally bump into one every few seconds. If you gt an average of 100 clownies per hatch you need access to 100,000 rotifers per day.

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    Re: Hello World! and Clown fish rasing

    So in my fuge wouldn't really work to start, so bucket then would be the next easyest option. do you think that would work?
    Do you think Banggi cardnals would work in the fuge? If I put the male in there... I'm glad you memenioned the 1000 to 1 ratio...

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    Re: Hello World! and Clown fish rasing

    Cardinals would be perfect for this area as they are able to take larger live food as soon as they are born.
    A bucket would work fine but it would be better if you could get old of a black one. In fact any small black plastic tub would do as long as it is wide enough to lay a heater in the bottom.
    I buy little 12" x 8" kids tanks for my clownie young and put black sticky plastic on the 4 sides and stand them on a white bit of paper.

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    Re: Hello World! and Clown fish rasing

    Few pics for you

    Day 1
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    Day 9
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    Day 23
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