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Re: Pete's Clownfish first hatching

Postby radioman » Wed 18 Apr, 2012 8:36 pm

Hi all,
Just letting you know, I have been away for a week diving in PNG. :clap: :nut:
Returned home tonight to find all the clowns well and have grown well over the past week, even the tomato clown (lucky) is still alive and looking great :thumbsup:

I will post pics in diving forum when I get orged in the next few days :poke:

Will try to get some new pics of the babies tomorrow. :wavey:

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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Sun 22 Apr, 2012 2:30 pm

Happy to anonce that I now have a large hatching of black and white clowns and maybe some tomatoes :clap:

Not sure what I have as they are in the same tank, some didn't hatch, but other wise they seam to be going well.
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At least now I have lots of Rotifers and green water ready........ :cheers:
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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby robthepom » Sun 22 Apr, 2012 6:07 pm

radioman wrote:Happy to anonce that I now have a large hatching of black and white clowns and maybe some tomatoes :clap:

Not sure what I have as they are in the same tank, some didn't hatch, but other wise they seam to be going well.
Day 1
At least now I have lots of Rotifers and green water ready........ :cheers:



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Well done, just waiting for my onyx to start again, to give you some competition :thumbsup:

Your journey is a great guide for all ....well done
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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Sun 22 Apr, 2012 7:21 pm

Thanks Rob,
Hey I recon the more breeding the better. It has been a real journey and still lots to learn.

New babies are going well, eating like crazy.

The older group are just about ready to find new homes :poke:

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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby Braddles » Sun 22 Apr, 2012 8:02 pm

You sure you dont want me to drop over another couple of hundred O & W occy fry? They will hatch tonight :-)
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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Mon 23 Apr, 2012 6:23 pm

Braddles wrote:You sure you dont want me to drop over another couple of hundred O & W occy fry? They will hatch tonight :-)


oh no I dont think so I have more than enough little mouths to feed now...... :baby:
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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Mon 23 Apr, 2012 6:27 pm

Day 2 new hatchings
Did a clean last night and found quite a few dead on the bottom, tomatoes I think. They seam to be very hard to get to hatch and then get past day 2.

There are so many fish in the tank....... hopefully there will be a couple of tomatoes that have made it . :crossfingers:

As of this afternoon, they are all alive and going well. no more losses. :clap:

Back to doing my three waterchanges per day with four feedings........ what have I done :roflmao: :devil:
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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Mon 23 Apr, 2012 6:45 pm

First group are now at day 76 and still doing well. Tried some frozen BS last night and some ate it and some didn't.

All still doing very well, just about ready to find new homes I think, they are about 2 cm in length now.

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borrowed my daughters new camera a Sony, much better than my point and shoot.

If any body is interested in some clown please contact me..... :wavey:
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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Mon 23 Apr, 2012 6:56 pm

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close up :cheers:
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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Thu 26 Apr, 2012 9:59 am

Day 5
The new group are going great no losses since day 3 :clap:

Still feeding Rotifers three times daily and doing water changes. They seam to be growing so quickly.

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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby damer » Thu 26 Apr, 2012 10:49 am

youre going well, its interesting isnt it
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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby Haydn24 » Thu 26 Apr, 2012 11:27 am

Wow, nice work! It's interesting to see they all have perfect bands? I've found most captive breds that come in to work don't have nearly perfect bands.

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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Thu 26 Apr, 2012 9:21 pm

Haydn24 wrote:Wow, nice work! It's interesting to see they all have perfect bands? I've found most captive breds that come in to work don't have nearly perfect bands.

My aim is to breed and produce good fish with full bands and nice colors.
There are some in the group that dont have full bands, but they are not what I really want and they will be culled very soon.


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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Thu 26 Apr, 2012 9:24 pm

Thanks for your comments guys,
I have been learning so much taking up this challange and also meeting some very helpfull people, knowledgable and happy to help.

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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby Andre.Gibson » Thu 26 Apr, 2012 10:00 pm

radioman wrote:

There are some in the group that dont have full bands, but they are not what I really want and they will be culled very soon.



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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Thu 26 Apr, 2012 10:17 pm

well yes it does, but not as in killed, they will be removed from the group and raised seperatly
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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby Andre.Gibson » Thu 26 Apr, 2012 11:05 pm

radioman wrote:well yes it does, but not as in killed, they will be removed from the group and raised seperatly


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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Sun 29 Apr, 2012 12:42 pm

Just a update on both groups.

Day 8 - Black and Whites/Tomatoes.
All are going well, I had one loss this morning. I have been feeding NHBBS since day 5 and they are gobbling them down. I decapsulated some eggs on Friday and they are hatching well.
A friend gave me some enrichment stuff for the BBS and am trying some of that from today, will let you know how it goes. Still feeding with rotifers as well.
There appears to be quite a few tomatoes, I think I can tell the difference but not 100% sure, will have to wait till met and see if I am right.

Other clowns are going great, no losses. Doing water changes every three days and feeding about 6 times a day, they continue to grow fast.

I have set up a grow out for Brine shrimp using the waste water from the rotifers, I am adding the waste water and excess BBS to the tub in the hope of growing large live brine shrimp. Will keep you updated on how it goes. Just another sorce of live food - cost zero....

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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Mon 30 Apr, 2012 8:55 pm

These photos were just taken, I think they are just about to go thru met. :clap:

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Maybe by the morning some will have changed. :crossfingers: :nut:

This photo is of the older group of babies, about 3 cm now.

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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Wed 02 May, 2012 9:34 pm

Quick update,

About 25 percent have gone thru met (they have their little white stripe), :clap: :clap:

Only two losses so far and the rest are looking good .... Bring on the black and white :clownfish: :-x
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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby damer » Thu 03 May, 2012 12:09 pm

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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Fri 04 May, 2012 10:42 am

Day 11

All the new group are now thru met and only two losses :clap:

Just have to get them over on to dry food now and await the emergence of any tomatoes,
very hard to tell how many if any are in the tank. So many little face looking up at me and hungry mouths too boot...... :wavey: :poke:

I am thinking that there are approx 120 to 160 fish in the tank, again hard to sure, suffice to say they are everywhere.

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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Sat 05 May, 2012 6:18 pm

Okay today I finally got around to sorting some of the missbar from the full, moved the missbar into the second tank.

There are 24 missbar rainging from no bars to half bars and some saddles(centre bar goes over the top but not all the way to the bottom), now these I do like :clap:

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OMG there are still so many of them remaining in the main group

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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

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:thumbsup: This is so awesome!!!!! :pirate: Good luck with it all :thumbsup:
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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Thu 10 May, 2012 6:42 pm

Just a update on how things are going.

I have sold some of the orange and whites :clap:
the rest are going great growing like crazy and eating me out of house and home :thumbsup:

The new babies, all went thru met at the end of last week and over the weekend. :clap:
They are now eating ON flake food and are doing very well, it appears that there are a few tomatoes
amoungst the bunch, which is great news.
These are all going well and again eating all the time, four to five feed a day and water changes every day sure keep me busy. But hey I love it..

Going to set up a bigger grow out system soon and then look to hatch some more types.

:-D :clownfish:

Will post some pics soon
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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby MattRichards » Tue 15 May, 2012 6:04 pm

Quality thread, nice work.
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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Fri 18 May, 2012 11:44 pm

Hi all,
Things are going along fine, the o and r are feeding well and growing.

The b and w are also going well, I have lost a few, I think this was due to lack of food but they are doing well now. I have lost about 8 overall, so no real worry still have about 130 plus remaining. I have checked and the tomatoes are are also doing great, looks like there may be about 15 odd tomatoes.

A few people have asked about my Rotifers so tomorrow I will take some photos of the Rotifers and green water systems.

Thanks to all :clap: :clap:

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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Sun 20 May, 2012 5:59 pm

Hi All,
due to a number of requests by members about green water and rotifers.
The following pictures/info is my set up.
I grow green water in the clear water bottles outside on a stand with air line in each bottle to just keep it stirred. I use old salt water from my DT to grow the green water, to this I add about Half a tea spoon of AQUA SOL, this is for the algae to grow on.

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Now on to the rotifers. These I grow in 20 ltr buckets with a air stone in to keep circulated. I have found out that rotifers require the water best kept at 1.018 to 1.020 and at a temp of 22 to 26 C. The other main thing is to keep them feed and to clean the buckets often. To feed them I remove some water when collecting
the rotifers and then add green water to top the bucket up. Every week I take about 80% of the water and save that, then clean the sides of the bucket with a clean sponge. Once clean I disguard the water in the bucket, then refill the bucket with the saved water and then top up with green water.

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collected rotifers
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Further I have been decapsulating brine shrimp and then hatching these for the babies, the left overs I either feed to the corals in my DT or I add to my brine shrimp grow out system. This then gives me bigger brine shrimp to feed to larger fish. I feed the grow out system with green water and waste water from my rotifers. I have noticed that rotifers are now in my brine shrimp grow out bucket, this is not a problem as the brine shrimp will feed on the rotifers which feed on the green water.

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The one on the right is a new bucket I am getting ready to grow out more brine shrimp.

I hope that helps answer some questions and if any body has any suggestions please add your comments.

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Re: Pete's Clownfish second and third hatchlings

Postby radioman » Sun 20 May, 2012 6:07 pm

This is a update on the current babies so far.

I have managed to sell some of the OW (occies), but there are still plenty available. They are growing and coloring well.
about 4cm to 3.5 cm.

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Now for the BW (occies), they are doing great as well. I think there are a few tomatoes in the tank as well.
Still giving them lots of water changes and feeding about 6 times a day. They are growing fast about .5 to .8 cm now

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I have checked a few in a glass and they are already colored up even with black noses, they are getting their third band already. :clap: :clap:

Just about time to move them to a bigger tank and set up for the next batch. Have to get a bigger grow out system set up very soon. :wall:

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