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Old 12/09/2007, 11:15 PM
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Ocellaris fry 10 days old now

My clowns starting spawning and I decided to try and raise the larvae.

a little background: I mated the clowns from juveniles. I started with 4 in my 60 gallon reef (been running continually for 16 years), along with a green carpet anemone. I ended up with a mated pair and they started spawning last month. I managed to capture a few larvae from their second hatch, and now have 12 at 10 days old. The largest is about 6mm, the smallest about 4mm. They're doing great.

This is my first try at this, and I'd love to hear from anybody with experience.
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Old 12/10/2007, 09:51 AM
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How is the feeding going?

What order did you feed them? Rotifiers...then baby bryne then, ...

Mine just layed eggs for the second time and I am looking to raise some
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Old 12/10/2007, 10:26 AM
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Yes, started with rotifers, then brine. They're on brine only now.
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Old 12/10/2007, 11:37 AM
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Congrats! I hope I can be as successful as you.
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Old 12/10/2007, 12:13 PM
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Get some Otohime A dry larval feed. A light sprinkling a couple of times per day along with the brine nauplii will really boost their nutrition and growth
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Old 12/10/2007, 12:28 PM
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How hard are the Rotfers to grow?
That looks like the hard part to me...
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Old 12/10/2007, 12:38 PM
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Read this thread stuck to the top of this forum. You'll find everything you need to know, and then some, about raising food cultures
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Old 12/10/2007, 12:46 PM
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Could you describe your rearing tank setup, etc. My clowns just layed eggs aswell, and I'm deciding whether to rear them.
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Thanks,
THat is just what I have been doing.
Can you reccomend a good place to buy rotifers to start out?
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Old 12/10/2007, 02:03 PM
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Try this for Rotifers and Otothime.

http://www.reed-store.com/
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Old 12/10/2007, 02:35 PM
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Jay, can you please post pics of your setup. I am also trying to get into this and get everything down.
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Old 12/10/2007, 02:39 PM
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Otothime. I'll check it out. Thanks

I got my rotifers from Reed Mariculture.

They are pretty simple to care for. I use a 5 gallon bucket and an airstone. You have to harvest 1/3 of it daily. I feed them a microalgae that Reed sells also. It's a lot easier than trying to keep greenwater cultures going, but a little expensive. It lives for a couple months in the fridge.


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Could you describe your rearing tank setup, etc. My clowns just layed eggs aswell, and I'm deciding whether to rear them.
Cool! My larvae tank is 20 gallons. I started it with 6 gallons from the parent tank. The first few days I did just water additions. Now I'm doing actual changes. I do all water changes from the parent tank.
Ph=8, water temp=80, 81. I have two airlines in opposite corners of the tank. When I get them off live food I plan on adding a sponge filter.

It's a lot of time effort, not to mention your aquarium budget will increase a LOT. It's also very rewarding.

here's a link to a video of the latest spawn, due to hatch thursday night, plus a video of my current batch at 9 days.

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Jay12629
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Old 12/10/2007, 03:17 PM
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Thanks JayF. Whats your feeding schedule?
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Old 12/11/2007, 11:58 AM
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Jay, can you please post pics of your setup. I am also trying to get into this and get everything down.
I posted a few pictures of my set up in my gallery. Note the less than ideal spot for the rearing tank. I plan to move it to the basement on the table with my brine shrimp hatchery for the next hatch (this coming thursday night). You may also notice I'm a master carpenter when you see the brine hatchery. I'm going for function, obviously. The blue bucket under the table is the rotifer culture.

The rearing tank has two airline tubes in oposite corners. I have a 75 watt bulb in the lamp. The green bottle is a fresh water drip. I'm also adding iodine via the drip now as well.

that's it. Pretty simple at this point.
 

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