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Ace25

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How are they not hatching? Do the eggs develop/have eyes in them after a few days? If not, sounds like the male isn't doing his part of the job, but if they are growing, the male is tending to the eggs, and they just disappear overnight I would say they are hatching and becoming food in the tank quickly.

If you want to make them strictly a breeding pair, a 20G with a clay flower pot is all you need for the parents to be full time breeders. If you want to keep the clowns in the display (like me, as I really don't want to become a full time fish breeder), you just have to watch and see how many days it takes for the eggs to hatch, normally 9-11 days (mine hatch on day 10). Once you figure out the day they hatch, as soon as the lights go out on that day turn off your powerheads/pumps and all lights in the room so it is pitch dark, wait 1 hour, then shine a flashlight on the surface to see if the babies hatched. If they have, use a turkey baster or tubing to suck them out and put them into their own tank (5-10G is fine for the first month) with live rotifers, an airstone, and a heater. Live rotifers are the key, without them I don't know anyone that can get the babies to live past day 4. Reed Mariculture sells a million rotifers for $20 that you then grow out in 5G buckets so you have a steady supply (only need them for the first 2 weeks, but they are also good coral food). The total for my order was around $75 for rotifers, 32oz of RGFeast to feed them, and shipping (which is 1/2 the cost).
 

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Very cool. Congrats on the newborns!
 

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How are they not hatching? Do the eggs develop/have eyes in them after a few days? If not, sounds like the male isn't doing his part of the job, but if they are growing, the male is tending to the eggs, and they just disappear overnight I would say they are hatching and becoming food in the tank quickly.

If you want to make them strictly a breeding pair, a 20G with a clay flower pot is all you need for the parents to be full time breeders. If you want to keep the clowns in the display (like me, as I really don't want to become a full time fish breeder), you just have to watch and see how many days it takes for the eggs to hatch, normally 9-11 days (mine hatch on day 10). Once you figure out the day they hatch, as soon as the lights go out on that day turn off your powerheads/pumps and all lights in the room so it is pitch dark, wait 1 hour, then shine a flashlight on the surface to see if the babies hatched. If they have, use a turkey baster or tubing to suck them out and put them into their own tank (5-10G is fine for the first month) with live rotifers, an airstone, and a heater. Live rotifers are the key, without them I don't know anyone that can get the babies to live past day 4. Reed Mariculture sells a million rotifers for $20 that you then grow out in 5G buckets so you have a steady supply (only need them for the first 2 weeks, but they are also good coral food). The total for my order was around $75 for rotifers, 32oz of RGFeast to feed them, and shipping (which is 1/2 the cost).
great, thank you. I never paid too much attention to the eggs but I'll check it out tonight. I do know that they go from a bright orange color to a brownish color through time. I never tried to breed them, but they do lay eggs quite often. Might be an interesting project to try.

I'll look into the rotifers as well. Thanks for the links and the info.
 

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So I took some pics... This was a picture I took 2 days ago. Today the eggs were gone. this happens often enough though. I should pay more attention. Would be great to try to breed them.

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Are you sure they are all gone? Maybe there is a little one and we can name him Nemo!

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Something else is going on. I am guessing one of the parents hasn't got their role down yet because the eggs should not be gone that quickly. They are orange for the first couple days, then turn dark for a week before hatching. Matt Pederson had issues with his Lightning Maroon clowns eating the eggs after a few days (and is normal when clowns start breeding) which is what I am suspecting it going on with your clowns. Eventually they will learn (and 'they' is really the male) how to care for the eggs, if not, mommy clown might just get fed up with the male and kick him to the curb.
 
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