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    How do you know when your clowns are getting.....

    I think my percs are getting togather... the one goes in a out of these caves I've made for them and twitches really fast. Can someone give me some insight to how you can tell your clowns are getting busy?
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    Clowns exhibit mating behavior by shaking and displaying to each other. Sounds like that is what you have going on. It’s likely they will not spawn until they reach sexual maturity around 1 1/2 years of age or older. What you are witnessing can be correlated to teen courtship. They often spawn in the DT but saving the offspring is impossible under those circumstances.

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    Amblyeleotris randalli commonly, Randall's Goby.

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    What if they are not in a display tank??? What if they are in a the old refugium that was turned into a 2nd diplay tank???and they were the only ones in there?
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    Well of course, if you had explained that above, my answer would have been slightly different.
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    even in a display if you have the will there is a way!!! First off you'll want to search around the internet for some good references to see what your getting into, theres a good howto that I stumbled across a long time ago that i'll see if I can dig up and link for you later. Bear in mind that raising clownfish fry is a lot of work and will require rotifers, brine shrimp, and a ton of manual water changes in a smaller tank (10 gallon works great).

    As far as collection, let your clowns lay eggs and have a few successful hatches to not only make sure they are viable (the first few clutches typically arent) but also to get the timing down. Most clowns will lay eggs about every 14 days with a hatch occuring about 6-8 days after eggs have been laid. Once you figure it you you'll know when your eggs will hatch (be ready a day before or a day after the target day just in case though!)

    once you get that down, when the eggs hatch you can cut your pumps and use a larval snagger over the course of an hour or so to capture as much of the fry as possible. While it's more difficult this way and you will never get as much fry as you would with the traditional method (having the clowns lay eggs on a pot then removing the pot and eggs) it does work!

    You can build a larval snagger pretty easily like this:

    Budget Larval Snagger (diy in progress) | copepodgeek.com

    After that, it's a matter of trying and trying and trying until you can successfully raise the little guys. As a footnote if you do build the snagger I've detailed, avoid using a red LED, go with blue, white, or yellow as it's more attractive to the fry.

    in edit, not quite the howto I was looking for but it's along the same lines:

    http://www.breedclownfish.com/
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    i have to admit i did want to take my series further, but check out Episodes 100 and 101
    http://www.talkingreef.com/forums/po...ode-100-a.html
    http://www.talkingreef.com/forums/po...ode-101-a.html

    Specifically Episode 101 i think goes through mating behavior
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    i have to admit i did want to take my series further, but check out Episodes 100 and 101
    http://www.talkingreef.com/forums/po...ode-100-a.html
    http://www.talkingreef.com/forums/po...ode-101-a.html

    Specifically Episode 101 i think goes through mating behavior
    Hey Rob.... i'm a tard and cannot figure out how to view the podcasts...Isthere a step-by-step somewhere?
    LARRY!!!!

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    hah and I spaced rob's episodes which are a great help... hrmm I wonder if he's going to hang out just long enough to do this migration or if he might actually have some time to bop around his crazy creation here....
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    Quote Originally Posted by THEJRC View Post
    hrmm I wonder if he's going to hang out just long enough to do this migration or if he might actually have some time to bop around his crazy creation here....
    Taking bets now...
    lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by THEJRC View Post
    hrmm I wonder if he's going to hang out just long enough to do this migration or if he might actually have some time to bop around his crazy creation here....
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    Taking bets now...
    lol
    ooooh ooh I bet $50 that he will stick around and have a party. LOL

    Its great to see you back Rob.
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    Thanks Rob, what is everyone talking bout...you never write on your own site or what??? I got it to work but no video just sound, probably something wrong w/my comp. I'll give it a shot, I thought breeding freshwater was a pain..the good thing is that the tank they are in is an old refugium turned into a 2nd DT, it has a 1" feed pipe from the MDT, so I can just shut it off and cut the tank off from everything then turn it back on. Great site, cool concept, keep up the good work. Took a while but I got someok shots...they never stop moving damnit!!
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    LARRY!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CompulsiveAqua View Post
    Thanks Rob, what is everyone talking bout...you never write on your own site or what???
    No Robs just been on a break for a while so we are all excited he is back and posting more. Great looking clowns by the way.
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    Forget trying to take a pic of him though. Hes as elusive as Santa Claus around here. Hes a really nice guy if you get the chance to know him. BUT, Santa has nicer stocking stuffers.



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    i agree with dick.. can i have that stocking

    anwyays.. yea.. i have been around the last few months only on the backend.. lot sof life stuff keeping me very busy.. tryign to use some work vacation time to get caught back up on stuff.. shoudl be around here more often.. but thats a discussion for antoher thread...

    Clowns look great.. nice pictures.. hopefully they get busy for ya soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    i agree with dick.. can i have that stocking

    anwyays.. yea.. i have been around the last few months only on the backend.. lot sof life stuff keeping me very busy.. tryign to use some work vacation time to get caught back up on stuff.. shoudl be around here more often.. but thats a discussion for antoher thread...

    Clowns look great.. nice pictures.. hopefully they get busy for ya soon
    Thanks, good to have you back (umm having not realized you were gone). Maybe I'll show them the pic of the stocking Dick..there will have to be some action then..lol
    LARRY!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amphibious View Post
    Forget trying to take a pic of him though. Hes as elusive as Santa Claus around here. Hes a really nice guy if you get the chance to know him. BUT, Santa has nicer stocking stuffers.



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    What no Mermaid. oh well this ones nice too. LOL
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    wow this topics strayed....

    Glad to have you back for a bit Rob!
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    Helped me out a bit also .........thanx!

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    James, I love the pix of the clowns in their barnacles!
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    will definitely go this route one day in the future, its crazy, same old same old, there is stuff we just never get around to!



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