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Baby Pterapogon kauderni pictures

Discussion in 'Captive Propagation' started by BrianH, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    These guys little guys popped out of dad's mouth a little premature (notice the big yolk sacks) but they should be fine. The rest should be released in the next two days and I will post pics then.

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  2. sethsolomon

    sethsolomon Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

  3. SkyShark

    SkyShark Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Awesome! Will you start them on baby brine?
     
  4. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    In the past, the baby cardinals seem to be interested in baby brine as soon as they can permanently stay off the bottom and swim in the water column. Their yolk sacks can sustain them for 3-4 days. I think these guys are 2 days from being free swimming and ready for the baby brine (my baby brine shrimp factory is already up and running.)
     
  5. SkyShark

    SkyShark Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Cool. What does your brine setup consist of/ look like?
     
  6. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    -18" flourescent light that runs 24 hours/day
    -1/4 tbs. brine shrimp eggs (brine shrimp direct 90%) in about 1.25 L of 1.025 salt water per container

    I stagger each of the three containers so I always have freshly hatched brine shrimp (or if one crashes). It takes about 24 hours until one container is ready to feed.
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  7. aztecdreams

    aztecdreams Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Mine always do great for the first 3 weeks then they start to die off. I've started to let they stay in my fuge and they seem to do better. I have almost 2 dozen in there now at various sizes. Makes it impossible to catch them though
     
  8. Matt_Arian

    Matt_Arian Copepod

    Nice man! Document it and submit your progress on the forums. More evidence for keeping them off of the endangered list and on the threatened species list, instead.
     
  9. fishguy69

    fishguy69 Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    This is really cool. Keep it up folks. We can, together, preserve this hobby!!!
     
  10. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    As of this morning, dad had released 14 and all of them were free swimming and looking healthy. I could tell dad had more in his mouth so I helped the process along by picking him up and gently opening his mouth (he's pretty docile after not eating for the last 20 days or so while he has been holding the developing eggs) and the rest swam out. Total 33 or 34 alive and swimming normally, 1 dead (my maroon clown thought it was delicious :) ). I will introduce the babies to fresh hatched baby brine this afternoon.
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  11. aztecdreams

    aztecdreams Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    33 from one batch!? Either I'm missing more than I thought or mine have small batches. I usually catch around 12
     
  12. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    I can tell you how excited I am about the big # too!! I've read that they can produce upwards of 50, but 19 is the most I have ever collected. Maybe after the last few spawn/hatch cycles his capacity to carry more eggs to hatch has increased. He is well fed and seems to still be getting bigger, though not as big as Chris's monster at Aquatic Art. Hopefully this won't be the last 30+ batch from him.
     
  13. SkyShark

    SkyShark Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    So cool! Great photos! Keep up the good work. Any noticeable differences between the "preemies" and the newly released babies?
     
  14. Vance

    Vance Amphipod

    Do you isolate the male? Or catch at night when he releases?
     
  15. CRW Reef

    CRW Reef Orca Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Wow Brian that is so so so so AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! Congrats papa!! Def keep me in mind and remember I would love to buy some from you when they are ready to go to new homes!
     
  16. Matt_Arian

    Matt_Arian Copepod

    Wow man, great progress! Let me know when you have a few ready for sale, as I'll gladly pick some up! Too cool dude!
     
  17. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member


    Over the last two days, their yolk sacks shrank and morphed from being externally positioned to internally positioned. The preemies are now identical to their brethren.
     
  18. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    I went in at night 6 days ago and caught him with a net, and have kept him isolated since. After I released the rest of the babies into the breeder box, I put him back into gen pop and fed a healthy dose of garlic soaked pe mysis. Needless to say, he ate a ton!
     
  19. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Awesome!
     
  20. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Those little guys are super cool! Nice job.
     

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