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The Celestial Pearl Danio Forum • View topic - My first fry!!!

My first fry!!!

Discuss breeding topics on your (other) favorite fishes here.

Postby L777 » Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:06 am

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Postby atlantis_child » Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:25 am

My Corys: 3 Green Gold, 1 Bronze, 2 Albino, 1 Melanitius, 2 Metae, 1 Elegans, 1 Panda, 2 Peppered)
wow, 13...it's been a while since I counted them up... (And yes, they all have names ;) )
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Postby atlantis_child » Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:58 pm

Update: One of the fry has mysteriously disappeared from the fry net. The others are doing well and growing fast.

The normal girl, Amber will give birth any day now hopefully. Looks like she's going to burst, and spends her time resting on the floating plants. See some dark behind her bulging white-ish main body now.

I've been keeping her swperate since she got big so the others don't harass her.


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Postby L777 » Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:19 pm

Before my fry were able to eat BBS (almost a week for the CPDs it seemed like), they ate loads of micro-organisms I couldn't see in the water because they are too small. These populations of "infusoria" are kept high in the presence of live plants (shameless plug for the live plant cult).

I also fed them a powdered food made for raising fry. I used "OSI micro food" http://www.petsolutions.com/Micro-Food+ ... 00045.aspx although I think a bunch of companies make fine powders and granules -- check the fish food shelves where you work. If you can find it, Liquifry #1 is a liquid suspension of super-tiny food bits for the fry.

I highly recommend micro-worms too. Culturing them is even easier than brine shrimp. Also less smelly if you are trying to keep the BBS bubbler going more than a few days on a single batch. Way less smelly if you make the mistake of letting the air stop in the BBS bubbler!!!!

I posted a link earlier to a great step-by-step recipe webpage about culturing micro-worms. $10 worth of supplies (plastic dish and lid, flaked dry baby cereal, brewer's yeast, and active yeast) will keep you in wiggly live fish food for months -- and get the adults fattened up for breeding. Once you have the supplies, all you need is a couple of bucks for a little dish of someone else's culture, but these are easy to find at your local fish club, or at places like aquabid.com. Are there any other fish breeders at the place you work? They might have some live food cultures to get you started. I promise the micro-worms won't stink up the folks' house. There is a bit of a yeasty smell -- like baking bread -- but unless you keep the lid on tight for a couple of days without letting it breathe, you won't get the foul smell that a bubbler full of BBS can bomb you with if it goes anaerobic.
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Postby celestialdude » Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:50 pm

Wow tx for sharing about microworms, I'm going to seriously look into this.
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Postby L777 » Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:33 pm

As we say here in Minnesota, you betcha!
Here's the earlier CPD forum link, with other links and info:
http://www.celestialpearldanio.com/view ... =1905#1905

Next time I set up a new batch, I'll get some photos of the plastic ring I mentioned -- px are worth a bunch of words...

Walter worms -- my CPDs swear by 'em!
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Postby ste12000 » Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:59 pm

L777 the words of a true fish fanaticLive foods are the most important item a fish breeder needs and are one of the main causes of failiures in beginners(No live foods = No baby fish).
Live foods are without a doupt the best start for any fry, i feed all my fry on everything you mention.
I usually start with Liquifry when the eggs hatch this promotes infusiorans and microscopic foods,
Baby brine shrimp and microworms are the real growth food and the speed of growth when fed these can be tremendous. I cannot agree with you on the smell of "worm porridge"(my daughters expression) Mine stink after two weeks and keep the kids out of the shed at feeding time :wink: :roll:
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Postby L777 » Sat Nov 03, 2007 11:41 am

Well, yes, I have to concede my daughters also grab their noses and complain when I open a lid of worm soup, but no general complaints from daughters or wife about odor in the room except at feeding time. I rotate a few trays of them around and try to start a new batch before they get more than a couple weeks old -- once the colo(u)r of the culture starts to turn darker it does go sour and get noticeably rank (worm production slows considerably then also). But for the first few weeks, as long as I open the lids for feedings a couple times a day and swirl the culture around to let it breathe before setting the lid back on, the smell is more yeasty than nasty. BBS on the other hand can get downright evil smelling after more than a couple days -- septic if the airflow stops! Plus the bubbler is constantly pushing the BBS air/smell into the room whereas the worm smell stays contained to brief moments when the container is open. (Sorry if this is digressing; hopefully still related to Atlantis' fry feeding question... :) )
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Postby atlantis_child » Fri Nov 30, 2007 9:28 pm

Well...since I last wrote on this thread Amber still hasn't given birth. :roll: Gotten bigger though.

Fry looking like fish now, not just fry. Well you know, the big head and little tail. 2/3 the size of one of my pygmy catfish now I think. :)


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Postby atlantis_child » Tue Jan 01, 2008 5:35 pm

My two 'babies' are a decent size now. The size of a pygmy catfish nwn. Turns out I have two little girls. :wink:

Any ideas on how to help coax those mamas to give birth? It's been a long time now. Starting to think they just have big round tumors. :roll: Silly fisk!


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Postby atlantis_child » Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:33 pm

Found 5 little guys in the mass of Hornwort I have for the platy girls. My eyes are feeling stained now, so I'll check back later if that's all for now or not. :wink:


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