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Old 02/07/2017, 09:27 PM   #226
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Cant wait for the next brood.
Thank you. I can't wait either.
I really like what I see from this one batch. Specifically I like the overall body shape of these offsprings. They aren't stubby or elongated and thin. Their dorsal and pelvic fins are on par with what wild caught true percs have. There is still room for improvement. I need to make sure the newly hatched fry aren't hitting the glass which should help with facial and mouth deformities. I'll also get a wider assortment of foods to help with color. Lastly, I think that i will keep the fry in a separate grow out tank moving forward with minimal breeder box use.


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Old 02/12/2017, 08:28 AM   #227
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Great read,really makes me NOT want to breed fish ever! LOL. Seems like a ton of work.

I have to ask, why do you cull? Why not let them grow up and see how they turn out.


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Old 02/12/2017, 11:08 AM   #228
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I have to ask, why do you cull? Why not let them grow up and see how they turn out.
I kept a small, decent looking pair to see how they turn out. That's good enough for me until I start breeding larger quantities.

Culling in general is always a dilemma: my labor and expenses vs quality control. Its easy to take them to a fish store where they would give me $ even for culls. In the end, it's all about the customer, the hobbyist who buys them. Its also about taking pride in what I do. Hard to be proud of raising deformed clownfishes. Lol. Hence the culling.


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Old 02/12/2017, 11:39 AM   #229
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Here are the two that I kept.



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Old 02/12/2017, 12:31 PM   #230
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Those two look good. Will be a good addition to a good family.


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Old 02/12/2017, 02:26 PM   #231
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Those two look good. Will be a good addition to a good family.
Thank you. I'll grow them out for a couple more months and then possibly rehome.


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Old 02/15/2017, 11:16 PM   #232
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I picked up a small RBTA (picture 1) for the baby clowns just so they have that option. It's highly unlikely they go in it because they feel too comfy and secure in their PVC cap (picture 2). There's no plan to remove the PVC cap to encourage them to go into the anemone. I will monitor the health of the anemone in the container. If it doesn't look too happy in there I'll move it out of it.
Note: I am strongly opposed to forcing clowns into anemones by using tricks like a small container or a tube. This isn't what I'm trying to do. It's an option for the clowns if they choose to go there.




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Old 03/05/2017, 03:45 PM   #233
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Latest update:
I donated my last pair of baby clowns to a Petco store. They will be kept as pets in a frag tank. It was rewarding to see little kids go buy the frag tank and say "look, baby Nemo!". Pure joy.




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Old 03/05/2017, 03:48 PM   #234
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Interesting. Your petco has stuff like that in it. Mine does not. I look weekly too. LOL

Lets just wipe off those words and get a new employee to bag them up for me. (hehehe)


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Old 03/05/2017, 03:52 PM   #235
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Old 03/05/2017, 03:53 PM   #236
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Lets just wipe off those words and get a new employee to bag them up for me. (hehehe)
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Old 03/17/2017, 11:55 AM   #237
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Here is a video of the Petco pair. I went to check on them yesterday. They have doubled in size. I guess keeping them in the smaller breeder box might have slowed down their growth or it might just be coincidence. They're also adding more and more black color on their body especially in the front near the dorsal fin area.



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Old 03/17/2017, 01:29 PM   #238
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Wow my petco has nothing like that as far as a frag tank or even letting you bring in any marine animals. Fish look great too!! Makes me want to go out and get a pair LOL


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Old 03/17/2017, 02:00 PM   #239
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Wow my petco has nothing like that as far as a frag tank or even letting you bring in any marine animals. Fish look great too!! Makes me want to go out and get a pair LOL
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Old 03/20/2017, 07:51 PM   #240
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The breeding pair has developed a routine laying eggs as soon as their previous clutch hatches. Still no time to raise new babies although I wish I had.



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Old 03/26/2017, 05:12 PM   #241
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I'm wonering if there's any chance fry can survive in our tanks


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Old 03/26/2017, 06:15 PM   #242
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I'm wonering if there's any chance fry can survive in our tanks
Between lack of proper foods, filtration traps and larvae eating fish (pretty much all fish) the odds are significantly against their survival in display tanks.


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Old 03/26/2017, 07:21 PM   #243
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Between lack of proper foods, filtration traps and larvae eating fish (pretty much all fish) the odds are significantly against their survival in display tanks.


Yep, though it seems that a success pops up on the boards every so often.


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Old 07/30/2017, 10:46 PM   #244
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I went to Petco today to check out the baby clowns. Only one of them remains alive. Petco employee said she wasn't sure what happened to the other one. The lone survivor looked good. He's gotten a lot darker including his dorsal fin. He had a small white spot on his head which could just be substrate. He adopted a hammer corals as a host.




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