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November 20, 2006 at 8:06 pm #1009PatMember
I recently received a mated pair of sunbursts from Ocean Rider and the male was pregnant.
I prepared the nursery, making the water parameters as close to the adult tank as possible. The nursery is a 12 gallon tank with live rock, mushrooms, xenia and various snails. In the nursery, I placed a small breeder\’s net and a brine shrimp hatchery. I cut a small hole in the side of the net and place the exit of the hatchery in the hole so that the newly hatched shrimp are concentrated in the breeding net. I started hatching shrimp before the fry were born. I also placed some caluerpa in the net.
When the fry were born, I scooped them out and adapted them to the breeder\’s net.
I have been supplementing the hatched brine shrimp with one samll squirt of \"frozen\" bioplankton a day, a small pinch of freeze dried cyclops-eez a day, a tiny amount of frozen daphnia once a week, and several small squirts of Zooplex a day.
I have no idea what they are eating, but they are 14 days old, hitching to the caluerpa & each other! So far, so good! I hope it continues.November 20, 2006 at 11:10 pm #3080Pete GiwojnaGuest
Congratulations on getting your fry to the two-week mark!
It sounds like you have devised a nifty method for delivering newly-hatched brine shrimp to the fry continuously, and your in-tank nursery design should have good biological filtration to ensure good water quality. But you have to keep a close eye out for hydroids with that type of nursery tank! The presence of live rock and soft corals plus continuous feedings of newly-hatched brine shrimp is a pretty good recipe for raising hydroids and hydromedusae, which will decimate the fry if they become established in your nursery. But if you can just avoid the dreaded ‘droids and keep the breeder net scrupulously clean on the inside, that could be a successful arrangement. Please keep us posted on your progress with your latest brood.
Best of luck raising your Sunburst fry, Pat!
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