Broodstock for Fish Breeding Project

DIY Shelf unit for aquariums

 In my fish room, I now have eight tanks all plumbed to a central sump.  There are four individual ten gallon tanks on the top row and four individual 20 gallon tanks in the bottom row.  I have the following broodstock pairs:

Gramma loreto, the royal gramma saltwater fish

Royal Gramma

1 pair of Royal Gramma (Gramma loreto)

1 pair of Black Ocellaris (Amphiprion ocellaris) clownfish–these were caramel clowns that have grown into their color

1 pair of True Percula clownfish (Amphiprion percula)

 Common clownfish, amphiprion ocellaris guarding a nest of eggs

1 pair of Common Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris)

1 pair of Pink Skunk Clownfish (Amphiprion perideraion)

1 pair of Gold Stripe Maroon Clownfish (Premnas biaculeatus)

4 (not yet paired) Engineer Gobies (Pholidichthys leucotaenia)

6 (not yet paired) Banggai Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kaudernii)–two large females and four juveniles

Pterapogon kaudernii (banggai cardinalfish) fry

In my display tank I have a pair of Yellow-headed jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons)

Pair of yellow headed jawfish

Yellow headed jawfish

The only pair that has mated at this point is the pair of Common Clownfish (amphiprion ocellaris).  They have spawned every ten days for the last 40 days, each clutch larger than the previous. The biggest challenge they pose is that they refuse to lay the eggs in the clay pot anymore and prefer to lay the eggs on the aquarium glass. Using the larval snagger (see previous post) certainly catches the larvae, but with a rather high mortality rate (I suspect from damage done by the bubbling action/current. I need to figure out a way to get them to spawn on a removable substrate, or alternatively snag with less mortality.

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