Hopefully, another egg or two will survive the dither fish and shrimp and I will again have a nice baby sewellia.
I am very sorry to hear about this experience. It is terrible having a fry grow up and then die to an accident. I don't think people realize how attached we get to our fish, and I can't help but feel a littl maternal towards fish born in my tanks.
I will cross my fingers for many future fry for you.
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Haven't others done blocking manouvers with panty-hose material or maybe that plastic tapestry mesh?
Sorry to hear that, Jim. I can imagine your disappointment.
My logica tells me, after spawning the eggs go with the flow.
when they hatch and the fry gets bigger, maybe it's in their nature to swim upwards the waterfall and return to the original spawning grounds? I also saw my couple Gastromyzons do that. swim upstream the waterfall, to nozzle underneath the mosses that are growing at the surface and let themselves fall back again with the flow. they did that a couple of times a day. Hmm, which reminds me ... soon it's spring again and time to bring the heater back in the tank!
Last spring when i did that, 2 Gastromyzons coupled and got triggered by that.
The female became very gravid but unfortunately i never saw any fry. (I changed from a sand to gravel substrate, so there might be a small chance that a few eggs fall into the substrate, instead of laying on top of it and get eaten by some ditherfish like Schistura, Rhinogobius and Asian Fan Shrimps.) Since i read more stories of Hillstreams and/or fry that were found in some filters, i decided to lower my waterlevel in the tank. Set up HillstreamTank Iris
Hopefully the distance between the level and the filteroutlet is big enough and impossible for the loaches to swim into my filter. Maybe you might try to lower the waterlevel some more when you have fry?
Jim, i hope that your sewellia's get the-hang-of-it real soon again because we need more succes-stories of hillstreamloaches that were bred in aquaria!
I wonder about the sheets of plastic cutout, sold in craft stores , for yarn work , the holes are big enough for water but not for the animal, unless it's very , very teeny, not sure if ya know what I mean ,but it is white, usually used for crafters to make kleenex box covers but have also heard of some using it to cover large gaps in tank covers to control jumpers....just a thought... sorry again... G
You can use a small piece of eggcrate and glue it with a double face tape or use a velcro in the outlet to keep it in place.
! Remember that nothing can take the place of routine water changes to keep your water clean and your fish healthy !
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