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Old 02/09/2018, 09:45 PM   #1
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Clownfish fry miraculously surviving in DT...

So I was laying on the couch watching the olympics and my wife yells across the room that she sees "tadpoles" under the anemone's rock... I assume they are mysis and tell her that the clownfish fry cannot survive in our tank, hence her least favorite new smell of phyto culture in our basement.

She insisted I look, and low and behold they are actually fry!! They have found a crevice with little to no flow under the protection of the host anemone and have somehow made it through almost 4 days since the last clutch hatched. The only thing I can think is that I feed phytofeast to keep up a good pod population for my mandarin and they are physically protected from predators by the anemone and rock work. Has anyone experienced survivors in a DT like this? Should I rescue them to my rearing tank or just see what happens?

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Old 02/10/2018, 10:48 PM   #2
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The short story is that I have a few clownfish fry that have survived 5 days now in my main tank. Has anyone seen this happen? Leave them or not?

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Old 02/12/2018, 06:20 PM   #3
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Sterile is not better. Successfully bred: Banggai, Lined Seahorse. Restarting work on Ruby Red dragonets, Blue Mandarins, Davinci Clowns, Pink Skunk Clowns (not mature yet) dragonface pipefish.

Current Tank Info: 125 gal tank, 40 gal refugium - 30 gal Ruby Red tank - 70 gallon erectus / mandarin tank
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Old 02/12/2018, 10:10 PM   #4
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I say leave them and see if they will survive and become juveniles...

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Old 02/17/2018, 08:23 PM   #5
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