Adventures in Captive Breeding of Marine Ornamentals

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Neon Gobies (Elacatinus oceanops) Again!

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)


Yesterday I moved the goby nest in its PVC pipe home to the BRT.   I moved them a day early, because I was concerned that I might miss the hatch. So I moved them, and waited, and none appeared to hatch. Came home from work today, and looked for goby larvae. Still no hatch.

Gave up and thought I would clean out the BRT, since it could be used for something else. Then I noticed a tiny goby larva in there! I found the flashlight and discovered a few more. ...

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an unexpected hatching

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I decided that Monday was too early. I waited until Tuesday to move the pipe containing the eggs to the clean, bleach sterilized black round tub. I fastened the pipe so that an airstone would bring bubbles and clean water through the pipe, jostling the eggs. I waited. No hatch. The next day the eggs still looked good, no fungus, so I waited some more. No hatch. By 7am Thursday morning, when I still didn't see larvae in the tub, I was ready to give up, even though the eggs still looked go...

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Gobies again

Posted on September 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I moved the pair noted below to a more convenient tank for me last spring, as I was rebuilding my central system, and they were in the way.  They laid one more nest after the move, and then stopped laying.  That is, until NOW! I attempted to raise the nest that they laid a week and a half ago, even though there were less than 10 eggs. As of 2 days ago there was one tiny larva left, but I have not seen it since.  I have to search for it with a flashlight, as the nest was hatched...

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Bluestripe Day 33

Posted on June 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Mr. Big continues to do well, and I have some pictures of the broodstock:




Dottybacks Nov. 15, 2012

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

From November 15. 2012:

Today I pulled a 3 day old nest, or what remained of the nest. Just to look at it under the scope.

Most of the eggs were not well developed, but at least 3 looked close to hatch:


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Bluestripe Day 26

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a picture of Mr. Big, at day 26:



See the yellow fins? I think he's cute!

I've moved him in with some...

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Banggais again

Posted on May 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I saw some great looking captive bred Banggais in Aquatic Treasures, a store that buys fish from me, and I got 4 to begin my next attempt at banggai breeding.  They all seem to be eating frozen mash and pellets, so now I just need to find some more from a different broodstock so as to increase the chances not to be mating brothers and sisters.

Bluestripe Day 15

Posted on May 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I managed to capture the remaining larva and actually get a couple of pictures! He has a fish shape, and long fins, but no definate color yet:

Getting started: 3rd attempt at breeding clownfish

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

What follows is an editted copy/paste from a forum I once frequented, from 2005, documenting how Kathy got started breeding clownfish:

Third attempt raising clownfish



Just heard from my friend, and the parent clownfish spawned again yesterday. This time I'll pick up eggs on Day 8 instead of waiting for Day 9 and possibly missing the hatch. So I have a week to get ready, and I already have 2 gallons of rotifers and lo...

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Bluestripe Day 12

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

He keeps getting bigger, and 2 white dots have appeared on his head, initially, I thought they were just reflections from his eyes, but now I think he'll be a misbar, and I think that he is just past the beginning of metamorphosis!  What do you think?


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