Breeding The Yellow Headed Jawfish

Here is a movie of the latest addition to my aquarium–a pair of yellow headed jawfish caught off the coast of Florida. I purchased these fish as a mated pair from a reputable eBay merchant. They appear to be somewhat comfortable in their new home, although only time will tell. You can see (what I presume to be) the male …

Clownfish grow out tub: Watch as camera zooms out

Friends, family and newcomers to the hobby are sometimes surprised at how small the clownfish juveniles really are. I always find humor in the irony of that observation, since clownfish larvae are some of the largest larvae among marine fish–but that said, this video, when the camera zooms back out, does a good job of adding a perspective for how …

Clownfish Larval Development

Clownfish Larval Development Update It’s been a while since I updated the progress of the clownfish larvae. As a quick recap, the clownfish larvae from the eggs laid in the display tank hatched a day early. As such, the majority of them (amphiprion ocellaris larvae), were eaten by a greedy pair of banggai cardinalfish, apparently tapping back into their night time hunting instincts.  After …

Clownfish larvae three days post hatch

Clownfish larvae three days post hatch Here is a quick video of the clownfish larvae three days after they hatched from their egg cases in the display tank. The baby clownfish actually hatched the day before I was ready for them. By accident I happened to notice a few larvae suspended in the water column after lights out. The banggai cardinalfish were nearby looking predatory …

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Clownfish Breeding Pattern

Clownfish Breeding Pattern   The breeding pattern of the two pairs of clownfish has become very regular now. Ever since the beginning of September, each pair has been spawning about every 2 weeks.   Ocellaris Clownfish Breeding Pattern Pair 1: The Amphiprion ocellaris clownfish pair in my display tank spawned twice in March–each time on the silicone seal at the seam …

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Clownfish Can Find Their Way Back to Their Reef Using Sense of Smell

Clownfish can find their way back to their reef using their sense of smell After clownfish hatch from their eggs, they spend about 10-12 days floating freely in the ocean, as pelagic larvae.  After that time, they often return to the reefs close to shore, where they were born.  The mechanism through which the fish find their way back home …

The Best Book about Breeding Saltwater Fish

Want to know the best book about breeding saltwater fish? Scan a little farther down the page and I’ll show you. The best book about breeding saltwater fish The fourth best book about breeding saltwater fish is… 4. Breeding the Orchid Dottyback: An Aquarist’s Journal, by Martin A. Moe, Jr. Published in 1997, Breeding the Orchid Dottyback: An Aquarist’s Journal quite literally is …