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Old 09-06-15, 00:45
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Eggs and fry! Peppermint BN.

Hi guys,

I'm new to breeding these beauties and have seen a few posts and pics of people putting eggs that have been kicked out of caves into normal fry savers. Is this the norm or should they be put into specific egg tumblers? Also I've seen very young fry being put into normal fry savers too and I'm just wondering what the best process is for both eggs and fry?

I currently have a clutch of eggs in a makeshift tumbler which is just a plastic pipe with some mesh on the bottom opening where the eggs are sitting and above that is a space of water with another piece of mesh above that where the air stone sits. I've got the air running so it's just enough to nearly lift the eggs in the current. The pipe is quite narrow and I'd like to today either buy a better broader tumbler so the fry will actually have area to move around a bit if they hatch. Do I need to get a specific tumbler or will a floating fry saver with an air stone in it do the trick just as well?

I totally understand the theory of having fresh clean oxygenated water constantly running over and around he eggs so the fry saver seems like it may not get as much water flow as a tumbler.

Anyway, your help is greatly and somewhat urgently needed.

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TS.
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Old 09-06-15, 00:51
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You can't beat these http://m.ebay.com.au/itm/like/321515...38&_mwBanner=1
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Old 09-06-15, 01:09
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Thank you!

My friend sells these so I'm off to get one right now!!!!!
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No worries. I actually haven't used my as my males prefer to eat eggs! but I've heard a lot of great things about them
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Old 09-06-15, 07:15
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I have 3 of them. Not very impress with it. I get better success rate with the traditional type. Maybe I haven't figure out how to adjust the proper flow rate.
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Hi folks,

I've been on holiday for a week and left my colony tank to their own devices after doing a water change and clean before I left and have come home to a male on eggs in the tank!!

All I want to know now is how soon can I feed them all without the male leaving them? Or do the males not leave once they are settled in house keeping position??

It's the first batch of three batches that have been kept in the cave and not kicked out as the first two batches I had I found kicked out the morning they were laid.
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Old 25-07-15, 10:59
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Just feed as normal and keep an eye out in case he kicks the eggs out.
Sometimes it takes them a few practice runs
I don't do water changes when males are on eggs or females are trapped because I've stuffed up a few times when the eggs were eaten or the female was let out of the cave
Hope that helps you!
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Woohooooo!

I have a few caves in there for them and when I found the first one on eggs there was a second cave with a male in just fanning and hanging out in the entrance (half way in the cave) which I thought may have eggs in but the male is hanging with his tail out and not head facing out so I didn't think twice but as he's been in there since I checked the tank on Friday night I did a quick check today and he's on a massive mountain of eggs too!
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Old 26-07-15, 02:51
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What's best, should I just leave the caves as they are or separate the caves into a separate container within the tank?

I have a few of the small plastic hospital tanks with the plastic mesh lids that I have cut out big sections on each side and stuck mesh in their place to allow flow of water through so was wondering if I should use them to keep any eggs or fry in place and any strangers out of the caves?

I really want these eggs to work this time as I've waited well long enough for them to get going!!!
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Old 26-07-15, 09:05
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Here is a pic of what I've done with one cave to keep its contents safe. I'm tossing up whether to do the same with the other cave in another separate tank within a tank or to just leave it be, what do you guys reckon?
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