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Discus Fry Rearing in 16 Steps

Discussion in 'Cichlids' started by MOD_Dawn, Nov 16, 2010.

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    Discus Fry Rearing in 16 Steps

    The secrets to artificially raising the fry are what you have all been waiting for. This is where the few who have gotten to this point successfully will usually fail.

    There are two keys to raising the fry artificially: Cleanliness is one, changing the water with water that is the same temperature is the other.

    Step 1: Using a 1 gallon glass jar, fill it with the tank water the parents (& eggs) are in. Put the eggs, and what they were laid on, in the jar (quickly and calmly).

    Step 2: Place the jar in a small 5 gallon tank filled with water at 84f (50w heater is required). Also put a hydrosponge in the 5 gallon tank and turn it on. This will keep the jar warm and allow the tank to cycle. I always have filters in my 5 gals so they are cycled.

    Step 3: Add an airstone to the jar. Turn it on medium so that there is a good current in the jar (don't blast the eggs though).

    Step 4: Add three drops of methylene blue. Three drops works well and allows you to observe the eggs.

    Step 5: Wait. They will begin hatching in two days.

    Step 6: Wait. They will start free swimming in three days.

    Step 7: As soon as they become free swimming, give them their first feeding. Use artificial plankton and rotifers (a.p.r.) used for feeding marine filter feeders. Add only a very small amount.

    Step 8: 4 hrs later remove the jar from the 5g tank and float a small Rubbermaid tub in the 5g tank. Place the airstone in the tub (turn it off first). Use a baster to move the fry to the little tub. Fill the tub with the jar water 75% and 5g tank 25% until the tub is almost full. Turn the airstone on to a small trickle, enough to keep the surface of the water in the tub broken. Keep the tank with the tub covered to avoid cooling/evaporation/drafting on the tub.

    Step 9: Add the same small amount of food.

    Step 10: 4 hrs. later do a fifty percent water change of tub water using the baster. I go from the baster to another small tub before I dump the water in case I suck up some fry (so I don't dump them out). Replace the tub water with the tank water (Hey, notice the tank water is the same temp as the tub water!). Feed same small amount.

    Step 11: 4-6 hrs later do a 90% change using the above method. (NOTE: eventually the 5g starts to get low. NEVER (REPEAT VERY LOUDLY, NEVER EVER) fill the 5g until the tub water has been changed and refilled. If you do fill the 5g tank prior to filling the tub, the temp may not be exactly the same and when you fill the tub afterwards you might watch the babies go into shock...they WILL NOT recover! (This cost me A LOT of fry to figure this out!).

    Step 12: Repeat 90% water change and feeding every 4-6 hrs. (8 at the most so you can sleep, I've gone 10 before, but don't recommend it unless there is nothing you can do about it).

    Step 13: On the second day of free swimming, add a tiny amount (VERY TINY) amount of NEWLY HATCHED baby brine shrimp (b.b.s.) with every feeding. Don't stop using the a.p.r. at this point. A.p.r. shows up gray in the fry bellies, b.b.s. shows up pink in the fry bellies.

    Step 14: Continue feeding a.p.r. and b.b.s. for one week. All fry bellies should show pink by end of week.

    Step 15: Once all fry bellies show pink, discontinue the a.p.r. and continue the b.b.s. Keep performing step 12.

    Step 16: One week later you should have lots of fry the size of baby angelfish. Let them go into the 5g tank and feed them there from now on. Keep the tank clean and watch the water and temperature. Once a day water changes are good. The rest is standard baby fish stuff!
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