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Evil Slimy
06-25-2008, 08:42 PM
They are still very small (about 5mm), but now they look like fish :)

http://www.slimyfrog.com/images/fry/fry01_sm.jpg
http://www.slimyfrog.com/images/fry/fry02_sm.jpg
http://www.slimyfrog.com/images/fry/fry03_sm.jpg
http://www.slimyfrog.com/images/fry/fry04_sm.jpg

fins_n_fur
06-25-2008, 08:44 PM
How cute are they! You'll enjoy wathcing them growing up...I'm having great fun watching my cacatuoides fry grow up...it's amazing! thumbs2:

angelcakes
06-25-2008, 08:47 PM
cuteies.................:malelovies:

troy
06-25-2008, 08:54 PM
How many do you have?

Evil Slimy
06-25-2008, 09:25 PM
I think I have 7. There's quite a bit of moss in the tank. Hard to get a good count.

Fishalicious
06-25-2008, 09:43 PM
Brilliant!!!!! Not easy to get fry on a foto... enjoy watching them grow up :41:

donvichu
06-26-2008, 07:24 AM
Its always fun to have your own fry and bringing them up...enjoy every moment of it thumbs2:

mp3rp
06-26-2008, 03:59 PM
Indeed...... Watching little fish grow to be big fish is very awesome. Wish you the best of luck with them. =)

Evil Slimy
06-28-2008, 08:17 PM
It really is very rewarding. I wasn't really prepared but since they made it to the free swimming state and I knew they'd get eaten I figured I'd give it a try and siphon out half of the batch. The ones I left in the tank were eaten in a week's time.
It was my first time trying to raise fry so I lost quite a few :/

Feeding: I didn't have infusoria ready. I thought that hikari first bites would work, but in hindsight only a few fry took were eating it and Baby brine shrimp was not an option as the fry is too small for the first couple of weeks. This caused me to lose at least half by the second week. With more experience I probably would have seen the signs.

Cleanliness: I underestimated how thoroughly clean a fry tank needs to be. I had tiny tuffs of fuzzy algae after a few days of setting up the tank. I left it alone thinking it would go away (no lights, no ferts, daily huge water changes, etc...). Unfortunately some fry got trapped in it.

Water changes: I accidentally killed 3 or 4 during a water change. I had pantyhose over a small siphon and I killed the flow as soon as one hit, but the suction was enough to kill them or injure them. After this mishap I kept the pantyhose on, but I would press the siphon against the top of the sponge filter. This seemed to work really well.

Overall I guess 7 surviving is better than all being eaten, but I can't help feel bad for my mistakes. It was definitely a great learning experience though. I have no doubt it'll go better next time and it has been really awesome to see them go from eggs to wigglers to free swimmers and now to little fish with fins and color patterns :P

sandy_n
06-28-2008, 08:49 PM
Cool pics. How neat to be able to watch them grow.

shiel85
06-28-2008, 09:46 PM
Way to go! :c7:

country_boy454
06-28-2008, 11:13 PM
Wow thats cute!

Red
06-28-2008, 11:23 PM
Nice looking fry

Incredulous_Ed
06-29-2008, 03:04 AM
Congratulations!

nanaglen2001
06-29-2008, 04:42 AM
They look almost like my T-bar fry, I dunno how hold they are, I guess about 3 weeks or so. Yup I still got some babys in my tank...

Great pics of fish which are almost impossible to take pics of:thumb: That dark spot on their dorsal (?) fin is interesting, do the ole ones have a dark fin??

digital3
06-29-2008, 04:49 AM
Congratulations... I hope they make it... Bolivian Rams are awesome.

Evil Slimy
06-29-2008, 05:44 AM
That dark spot on their dorsal (?) fin is interesting, do the ole ones have a dark fin??
Only the first few rays on the parents are black. There's a few pictures (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=5574&cat=500&ppuser=14663) in my gallery.


Congratulations... I hope they make it... Bolivian Rams are awesome.
Thank you. I hope I make it! I'm so sick of water changes and feedings :P
They really are very cool fish. They pack a lot of personality in those little bodies and watching them parent the eggs and the fry is just fantastic.

Harls
06-29-2008, 10:54 AM
how cute :D

Evil Slimy
07-08-2008, 07:37 AM
A few more picts from today. The colors on the face are developing a bit.

Evil Slimy
07-08-2008, 07:44 AM
and two of dad :)

NickFish
07-16-2008, 06:39 PM
and two of dad :)

He has some great colors! What are you feeding the parents?

And congrats on the fry!

Evil Slimy
07-16-2008, 06:52 PM
Thanks. They are in a community tank so they get all sorts of things.
I feed them hikari cichlid gold, some hikari micro pellets, algae wafers, home made frozen food, tetra crisps and I have some frozen bloodworms and mysis shrimp left.

NickFish
07-16-2008, 08:02 PM
Thanks. They are in a community tank so they get all sorts of things.
I feed them hikari cichlid gold, some hikari micro pellets, algae wafers, home made frozen food, tetra crisps and I have some frozen bloodworms and mysis shrimp left.

Home made frozen foods? What's in it?

Evil Slimy
07-16-2008, 09:18 PM
This is the full recipe.
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showpost.php?p=315480&postcount=10
I haven't used it very long though. I don't think it was a contributing factor.

Ryuu
07-16-2008, 09:24 PM
Oh wow there so small

Evil Slimy
07-16-2008, 10:18 PM
One thing that became very obvious about the food for the parents is that they'll still spawn, but go a longer time between spawns and have unsuccessful ones (eggs are eaten overnight) when they are not receiving plenty of frozen food, particularly bloodworms and others that are high in protein.