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NoodleCats

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Sharing some photos of the babies I got at the moment, various ages.

Baby emperor tetras, almost ready to go
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Over the moon about these, but my hoplosternum punctatum catfish spawned. Very few records of these guys spawning outside of commercial breeding facilities.
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And I've found a young cherry barb living in my canister filter too
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I love your fry pics, everybody is so big now. Congrats on the hoplos, that's so cool!! How many fry did you get from them this first time?

May there be many more fry in your future, you've got the knack with many species.
 

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I love your fry pics, everybody is so big now. Congrats on the hoplos, that's so cool!! How many fry did you get from them this first time?

May there be many more fry in your future, you've got the knack with many species.
The hoplos was pure surprise, was a community tank spawning. Woke up one morning to the male guarding one of the anubias leaves he had ripped off one of my plants. Underside of the floating leaf coated with a bunch of yellow eggs.

Over 150 eggs laid, about 80ish fry hatched. Of course early days there are losses and all, but I got a couple dozen going strong.
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And videos from the early days





It's neat but also nerve wracking as not many people work with the hoplo group as it is, but this species has no info on spawning or fry care, so been going into it using experience with cory fry and anabantoid fry. Their starting development is very similar to anabantoids, where they hatch under developed and cling to the nest for a couple days, but then they become more corydoras like.

So that's been an adventure. Been raising them on remineralized RO water as well.

Of course, I'll be keeping one baby for myself. It's a big achievement getting them to even spawn naturally apparently, usually they are artificially induced via hormones in farm settings.
 

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Wow, a big first spawn! Thanks for more pics & vids, keep them coming. If I were you I'd keep a small group of F-1s, they may be even easier to breed into the next generation. Cheers!
 
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Wow, a big first spawn! Thanks for more pics & vids, keep them coming. If I were you I'd keep a small group of F-1s, they may be even easier to breed into the next generation. Cheers!
I would if space allowed, but already got a whole army of corydoras in the same tank so gotta factor that in. A group of 4 would be nice and cozy, and my male already has been interested in building more nests, so I'll let them do their own thing as they want to.

I also have corydoras schultzei fry right now as well, couple days older than the hoplo fry. Busy nursery right now lol

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If you haven't used youtube in over a year, how were you already aware of what babies I already had?
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My sister told me and showed me. shes very actice on ytb. Very nice on the babies!
i did try to explain everything to you but couldnt get hold of you, it really brought me down.
 
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