Breeding Journal: Amphipiron ocellaris (Darwin)

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    Breeding Journal DataSheet

    General
    Species: Amphiprion Ocellaris Darwin
    Common Name: black and white ocellaris
    Social Structure: 1 female, 1 male
    Size of Individuals: female 3in, male 2.25in
    Age of Individuals: unknown
    Date added to Tank: January 18, 2011

    Broodstock Tank Details
    Size of Tank: 20H
    Substrate Details: bare bottom, PVC pipes, flowerpot
    Filtration Details: breeding system of ~250g, live rock, Algae Turf Scrubber
    Water Changes: Once a year or if I have a leak
    Water Temperature: 79-80*
    Salinity: 1.025
    Lighting: ambient (LED reef spectrum lighting from neighbor tank)
    Lighting Cycle: 12hours day/night, added moon light after clutch #2 for their after dark spawning habits
    Salt Type: instant ocean reef salt
    Other Tank Inhabitants: None

    Broodstock Feeding Details
    Food Types: TCMAS homemade food party food, NLS pellets
    Feeding Schedule: once a day

    Spawning Details
    Date of First Spawn: 7/29/2011
    Spawn Time of Day: 7:30 PM
    Dates of Consecutive Spawns: 8/16/2011 (10pm?), 9/1/2011 (9:30pm?), 9/15/11 (9:00p), 11/1/2011 (9:30p)
    Courtship Details: lots of cleaning and shaking by male, female became very plump
    Clutch location: inside a 2" PVC elbow pipe
    Egg Size: 1mm
    Egg Color: orange
    Egg Count:
    Spawn #1: 200 orginally, about 75 were fertilized (1st spawn under my care)
    Spawn #2: Larger than spawn #1, scattered
    Spawn #3: About 400, very scattered again. The 2" PVC tube is covered on all sides throughout.
    Spawn#4: About 400, neatly placed on the top of the PVC for the most part
    11/1/11: Maybe 300 this time.


    Hatch Details
    Hatch Date: 8/7/2011
    Hatch Time of Day: began about 30 min post lights out, 10:00pm
    # Days after Spawn: 10 days
    Larvae Description: translucent, tiny

    Hatch #1: On day 9 I removed the clutch in the 2" PVC elbow and placed in the larval tank. Air bubbles moved the eggs about the same frequency as the male. All except maybe 10 eggs hatched.
    Hatch #2: Date 8/24/2011 (day 8) for most, 8/25/2011 for remaining 30 or so. Missed the 8/24 hatch, then moved PVC pipe to larvae tank to get the rest on 8/25. Caught 3 or 4 larvae in the broodstock tank and kept them.
    Hatch #3: Some hatched on 9/9 (day 8) and some on 9/10. Got them all this time!

    Larval Tank Details
    Temperature: 81 F
    Size of Larval Tank: 2.5 gallons
    Substrate Details: bare
    Salinity: 1.020
    Other Tank Decor: none
    Filtration Details: daily water changes of about 90%, air pump
    Salt Type: Instant Ocean Reef crystals
    Lighting: ambient room (fish room)
    Lighting Cycle: on at 1:30pm off at 9:30pm
    Water Changes: 90% daily newly mixed saltwater

    Larval Feeding Details
    Food Types: rotifers
    Feeding Schedule: continuous - greenwater and rotifer culture

    Metamorphosis/Settlement
    Date of Settlement Start: 8/31/2011
    Days after Hatch: 6
    Date of Settlement End: 9/5/2011
    Description of Fry: most have plump silver bellies and darker brown bodies and white head stripes. Others are thinner and have not started settlement. One is a very light color, almost white.

    Grow-Out Tank Details
    Temperature: 80 degrees F
    Size of Grow-Out Tank: 30 gallons
    Substrate Details: bare
    Salinity: 1.025
    Other Tank Decor: 2" PVC pipe parts
    Filtration Details: part of a larger breeding system of about 250 gallons, Live rock, skimmer, biopellets, ozone, carbon, algae turf scrubber, filter socks.
    Salt Type: Reef Crystals
    Lighting: flourescent shop lights
    Lighting Cycle: 8 hours on
    Water Changes: once per month
    Size at Transfer: 10mm?
    Age at Transfer: 10 days old

    8/25 Group: 14 or so juvies in growout. Half misbars.

    Grow-Out Feeding Details
    Food Types: Otohime A and then wean to crushed flake food
    Feeding Schedule: autofeeder 4x daily

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    All I can say is ITS ABOUT TIME some of my clowns started spawning! Just 3 years in the making.

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    Awesome. I have always wanted to do what you are doing. Very cool.
     
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    Must be my visit???? :beerchug:

    Congrats and yes it's about time.
     
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    That was my 1st thought :biggrin:
     
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    Most of the clutch is still there and the color is getting darker. I am getting my hopes up that Thursday/Friday I'll have a hatch report to submit! WOHOO!

    I've done lots of larvae catches but I'm super nervous about this one for some reason. I guess because I've been waiting SO LONG for B&W's. This pair was prompt (just a 6 month wait under my care) but my other pair of B&W's I've had for nearly 3 years and still nothing.

    I'm debating whether to leave this clutch with the parents to hatch or to incubate it in the larvae tank so I don't have to catch and move them (just a few feet, but still). What to do...
     
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    nervous... Y.... But I would Move them into a rearing tank on the night of hatch...

    You probably done this many times before, focus Daniel son...
     
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    i wouldnt mind a pair if you decide to sell.
     
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    I wouldn't sell this pair for less than $14,000. Crazy? Yeah, but thats what they are worth to me over just 1 year of laying eggs. :biggrin:

    The 2nd pair is getting close. They have been cleaning their rock for over a year and the female is looking very fat. They were just babies when I got them 3 years ago so it will take a while.
     
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    Babies I hope to have plenty of...especially if I get two pairs going! I guess I'll know more in a few weeks!
     
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    Updated photo from a few minutes ago (web cam). They have darkened nicely, lots of little eyes looking out. I'm going to watch them closely over the next few evenings. I'm betting on a Saturday night hatch.

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    If anyone wants a live peek, go to http://blanchards.viewnetcam.com/ and log in as guest2 pass anemone.
     
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    Yessss...we have hatch! Photos of the little buggers tomorrow!
     
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    Great... Pix pix pix And congrats on hatch
     
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    Sweet. Great to hear they are finally producing for you :goldfish:!
     
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    Larvae photos!

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    A horrible photo of the PVC elbow with the bubbles. It was impossible to get a good shot.

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    My other larvae tank (10 gallon plumbed) is occupied at the moment so I'm going to rear them in the 2.5 gal tank that they hatched in. It's in a box to make the sides a little darker.

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    This is a record for me - all larvae are dead - never had it happen that fast. Temp was 80, rotifers were administered this morning and lunchtime check showed good silver bellies. It was a new tank, new heater, new water at 1.020 sg. Bubbles were going at a good rate. Ammonia registered zero on the test just now so that wasn't it. At lunch they were no bumping the walls or acting weird. I'm stumped.

    I did think the larvae looked thin compared to orange ocellaris - like their yolk sacs were small, but I thought it was just a variation.

    Maybe next time. Hopefully I get another shot at it.
     
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    Sorry to hear... You will get Many shots at it...Might be that it's their first and could be weak eggs to begin with....

    prediction I say they will lay in the next two days...Lol
     

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