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A very good loach day

Post by Mad Duff » Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:35 am

As the title says it was a good day yesterday, first of all I finished stripping down the old river tank that housed by group of adult homaloptera confuzona, all the adult died a few months back all within weeks of each other (still don't know the cause as everything else was fine), well I now have homaloptera confuzona again, two 1" long youngsters to be precise :o

I then checked my tanks in the shed, the day before it sounded like the splendida were having a riot in there with the amount of clicking, anyway the heater was knocked off its suckers the filter outlet was turned round and pointing at the back of the tank and two clumps of java fern had been pulled out of the rocks, I had a good look around the tank and spotted in a crevice of one of the pipe pyramids anywhere from half a doze to a dozen pale green eggs, a couple of adults were trying to get into the massive java fern root ball in the middle of the tank but it is so packed that they couldn't get into it so hopefully there are more eggs :o :o

I was going to try and move the eggs but I know that once I move the cobbles next to them to get a piece of airline or something in the will probably either come out with the flow or an adult will grab them, now I must make an egg trap of some description :D
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Re: A very good loach day

Post by Jim Powers » Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:14 am

Wow!! I would say that was a good day!!
Good luck with the eggs! Any chance of getting some pics?
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Re: A very good loach day

Post by NancyD » Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:08 am

That's fantastic! Maybe siphon the eggs out?
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Re: A very good loach day

Post by andyroo » Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:22 am

or just put a mesh box over them?
"I can eat 50 eggs !"

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Re: A very good loach day

Post by Mad Duff » Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:50 am

I have tried a couple of photos Jim but because I am shooting at an angle to see down the side of the pipe I cant get anything clear enough

There is no way of getting a pipe near enough to syphon them without moving rocks and as soon as I move rocks the pipes will move (bit like jenga lol)

Cant even cover them as I wouldnt be able to block access to them because there are so many cobbles and rocks.

I was thinking about trying to partition the tank but that would mean moving the big java fern and bogwood in the middle and I think there maybe eggs in there as well.
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Re: A very good loach day

Post by starsplitter7 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:34 am

Wow! That is really cool. Good thing you checked out the party going on in the tank. :)

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Re: A very good loach day

Post by Keith Wolcott » Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:20 pm

Fantastic!!!

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Re: A very good loach day

Post by andyroo » Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:48 pm

siphon the fish out?
"I can eat 50 eggs !"

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Re: A very good loach day

Post by Jim Powers » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:24 pm

I would advise against siphoning eggs out. I tried that a few times with P. cheni eggs and none ever hatched after they were siphoned.
How about some pics of the H. confuzona young? Did you ever notice any activity that you now think was spawning behaviour?
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Re: A very good loach day

Post by piggy4 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:44 pm

Wow this is great news Mark :D keep up the good work :!:

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