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Thread: egg scatterers

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    egg scatterers

    I don't have much experience with egg scatterers and mostly what I've done has not yielded results. I did get a pair of rainbows to successfully spawn last year but I've struck out with gold barbs several times and also a different species of rainbows. Here's what I do: I separate the males from females for a week or more, place one female in a 10 gallon tank and then add one or two males. The tank has a yarn spawning mop. After a day and a half or two days, I remove the fish in the hopes that fry will appear after several days. My questions is: what works best for those of you that are successful and, specifically, am I leaving the fish in the spawning tank too long? I assume that they are eating their own eggs when I'm not looking (or not laying any eggs at all). Should I just throw the fish into the tank one evening and take them back out the next morning?
    Roy

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    try needle point mess about an inch over the bottom of the tank. It stops the parents from eating the eggs after they are released and allows you to take a flash light and to check for eggs on the bare bottom with out digging through substrate. You might also try putting the fish in the the night before and taking them out in the morning. I have heard marbles on the bottom of a tank work pretty well for danio and barbs.

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    Roy,
    Here is what I have done in the past for Barbs. I separate a male and female in a 10 gallon tank. I usually have small gravel or sand on the bottom to just cover. I put one or two spawning mops in the tank, usually on the female side. Feed them well for about a week or until the female looks full of eggs. I then do a 50% water change on the tank in the evening, remove the divider, and raise the temperature up about 2 degrees. Make sure the lights are out after you do this. Usually early the next morning they will spawn. I normally do this when I am going to be home so I can watch(fish porn you know). I check on them about every hour and when the female looks smaller, I remove the parents.

    Bill Fl.

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    Good info Bill! Just what I was looking for. Thanks. I'll give it a try.

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    One other thing, after I had removed the parents, I kept the lights off on the tank. Not sure if you will need to or not, but I did. You will know in a day or two if you have any fry. They will look like slivers of glass hanging on the sides of the tank.

    Bill

 

 

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