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Ta-Da. The Process Re-Begins: It's now May, 2008. We kept seeing pits but weren't sure who was digging them. Eventually, one of the pits was excavated down to the bare under gravel filter.
Surprise Eggs: On May 18
we saw this piece of granite covered with eggs. The male hybrid
had selected a new female (and vice versa). Eggs looked to be in
the neighborhood of a thou, but we made no actual count.
We Moved the Eggs: Since the gar pretty much ignored their territorial defenses, we figured some of the others would soon follow suit. We moved the eggs to a small tank with an airstone to circulate their water. As of May 21 there were only three white (dead) eggs.
More Surprises: On May 22 the eggs appeared to have grown into a fungal forest. We had forgotten to add the typical methylene blue to retard fungus. It looked as is they were all dead. However ...
We saw a hundred or so fry that had fallen from the fungal forest.
Then, as we removed the piece of granite, hundreds more fell from the
fungus. We estimate some 500 eggs survived once we shook the
granite several times -- way more than we originally expected. But
don't count your cichlids before they hatch. Many of these were
not hatched yet.
More Eggs: The more we shook the granite, the more eggs kept falling -- including some of the little balls of fungus. We extracted the dead, fungused eggs, of course. Some of these eggs looked like they might not hatch, but most probably will survive.
Time to Plan Ahead: Quite a few survivors still kicking. Time to make sure we'll have food for them once they start free-swimming. We added new media (oatmeal and yeast) to our nearly extinct microworm cultures. Because of their lineage, the fry would probably eat powdered flake food. But we know they prefer microworms or other live foods.
No point in feeding these guys until they can swim.. They
have no mouth parts until then. They're still living off their
yolk sac. Once they were up and swimming we added a couple large
snails to eat up the fungused eggs. Their waste products will feed
bacteria which feed infusoria which will also feed the fry. We
introduced microworms at this time.
Fry Foods: If we fed them newly hatched brine shrimp, they would have bright orange bellies. They snap up microworms. They also eat finely powdered flake foods. They grow slightly faster on live foods. LA
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