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Sawbwa Resplendens Eggs

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  • #303128

    horsin1787
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    This will be my first post, hopefully I am in the right place.

     

    After seeing my sawbwas go to town for the last week, I finally decided to try to raise some fry.  A couple days ago I trimmed some leaves from my ‘lucky bamboo’ and tossed them in the tank.  They were freaked out for all of 3 seconds, then as soon as I walked away they were using them.  I left the leaves in there for 2 days, then moved them to a set up and waiting 10 gallon when I saw one female use it several times in succession with a couple males.

     

    This is what I have so far, well…what I have been able to get pictures of.  There are quite a few more eggs.

     

    They really seem to prefer broad, floating leaves for spawing.  They are in a community 75 gallon planted tank with celestial pearls, otos, erythromicron, snails, and rcs.  They get mostly live foods, but like to pick apart a veggie wafer when offered.  Mostly live blackworms that they have to hunt, with some microworms on occasion.  They also ate all the little limpets that hitchhiked in on some plants.  They have been in this tank since June 2013.  I bought from two different places, 4 fully grown, and the others as mostly colored juvies.  There are 21 total with 5 of them males.

     

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    #352631

    horsin1787
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    Embarassed  I guess I should ask my question, lol.  How do I tell if the eggs are good or not?  How long before they hatch?  What is a good first food?

    #352632

    mikev
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    You can stain them with meth blue to check for fertility, but since they hatch very quickly (3-4 day, hopefully I recall correctly) this may not be needed. IME eggs were almost always fertile. First food: I used paramecium, artemia after about a week. All times depend on the temperature, as usual.

    #352633

    BigTom
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    Good luck horsin. Mikev’s advice is good. I think the eggs hatched in 2-3 days for me, although I’m struggling to remember exactly. After that the fry developed extremely slowly for me but were easy to maintain – some info and videos in this thread – http://www.seriouslyfish.com/forums/freshwater-and-brackish-water-fishes/sawbwa/

    #352634

    horsin1787
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    Thanks :)  The eggs have doubled in size since yesterday I think.  I have a video from a few months back of them maybe mating too.  Not a very good one, but you get the idea.

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sg-nP78WUI

     

    I had a blanket over the tank and camera because there was a glare, I accidentally bumped when I walked away.  You can see them doing what I think might be mating at 1:13 .  Yesterday the female I watched was waiting by the leaves for about 5 times.

    #352635

    BigTom
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    Yup, that’s the mating all right.

    #352636

    mikev
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    @horsin1787 said:

    Thanks :)  The eggs have doubled in size since yesterday I think.

    Hmm… this does not sound right at all, eggs do not grow.

    After that the fry developed extremely slowly for me but were easy to maintain

    Same experience here, few times I thought I lost them — very hard to see even when they don’t deliberately hide.

    #352637

    horsin1787
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    Maybe they just looked smaller then?  I dunno, maybe it was the better pic today vs yesterday.P1070281.JPG  Here is yesterday’s.  I had a heck of a time finding any yesterday, but today I was finding them everywhere.

    #352659

    horsin1787
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    I found two fry today, but just laying on the bottom.  What is the norm for them?

    #352667

    mikev
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    to swim right away, mid-water.

    #352668

    horsin1787
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    hmm…water params are all good.  They are definitely alive.  If I gently squirt a little water at them with a pipette they take off across the tank. 

    #352671

    BigTom
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    Mine spent a lot of time stationary against the glass or near the bottom for the first few days.

    #352673

    mikev
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    Yes, not moving too much. But never lying on the bottom ime.

    #352716

    horsin1787
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    And we have some free swimmers.  They were half swimming, half laying on the bottom yesterday, but today they are up and about. :)  Super tiny little things.  Too bad I can’t get the camera to focus on them.

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    mikev
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    What are your water params? (pH/kH/TDS)

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