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    Quote Originally Posted by toddnbecka View Post
    Female BN typically lay 50-100 eggs, depending on their size and maturity. Omce they start they usually keep spawning for several more rounds before taking a break. When they're tiny fry they don't have spines like the adults, and are easily eaten by other fish. They also need fed a bit more often when small, no fat reserves and the adults likely have the tank cleaned thoroughly of grazing material already.

    Okay, so I need to create some more hidey holes for the little guys! I took some advice from my favourite fish store to use some PVC piping that I can coat with gravel. I've made the pipe 20cm long so it will leave a little bit of space on either end for them. It is also wide enough to accommodate both parents with a bit of a tight fit.

    I will also feed them a bit more regularly. However, the timing was almost perfect since the algae has grown quite a lot! (I discovered I was giving around 11 hours of triple T5 lighting. This has been cut down to 7 hours.)
    Learning as I go... and thanking everyone on this forum for their help, advice and patience!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Peche View Post
    The above photos are the two parents and one of the fry. The fry are seemingly impossible to photograph.

    So now that we have the background story there are several questions that I would like to ask...

    1) How many eggs do they actually lay?

    2) What is the usual number of fry that actually hatch? I only have 4 little ones :(

    3) What factors play a role in the above number of hatch-lings?

    4) How often will they spawn?

    5) Are there any special foods that should be provided for them? I currently provide algae wafers, cucumber and baby marrow.

    Any other suggestions and advice will be more than welcome.
    1. This is a common? 30-40, sometimes more if they're several years old
    2. Depends on how proficient the male is. On a first clutch half isn't bad.
    3. clean water, a good cave where he can fan easily
    4. about every month
    5. to get them in spawning condition again add a small sliver of fish or seafood weekly.

    In my experience it's not at all unusual to have twice the number of fry than you see at first.

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    This is hopefully going to be his future home. It is not quite finished as I will still add another layer of gravel.
    Learning as I go... and thanking everyone on this forum for their help, advice and patience!

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