Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
If a female is ready her stomach will be mush. I hold her in one had at the head end of her ovaries and apply firm pressure with your thumb and forefinger from both sides moving to the tail, eggs just come spilling out. If you only get a few and you're pressing give her another day to ripen. I look for eggs and find the female they are coming from.
Same process for the male just requires a bit more pressure.
I collect the eggs first, then squeeze the male on them then add a bit of water to the dish and swish around. If there are to many eggs for one dish I pour them into another dish back and forth and as they start to adhere they get a fairly uniform distribution.
Put them in a small tank with aeration and I add Methylene Blue about 6 hours after they are fertilized. The benefit of hand spawning is that you get all the eggs in a small area in a short time so they all hatch together and make it easier to give them lots of food and water. They can be upwards of and inch long at one month.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
a 240 gallon Glass Cage's Frame-less tank (8 feet x 2 feet x 2 feet)
that weighs about 500 pounds. This makes 4 monster tanks, they were
once large reefs but are now large clear ponds. I'm starting to
think of myself as the Grim Reefer, the undertaker who brings dead
reef tanks to the nether world of the Goldfish Garage.
Drove an hour to pick up the tank. Brought it home, had the guys
help put it into place and filled it with water 24 hours after
getting it home. There are a few large Sarassas stretching thief
fins in it. It has two over flow towers with two bulkheads each.
One will be plumbed to the goldfish system and the other to the
Tanganyikan Cichlid system with one of the spare bulkheads going
straight to drain. This way with just a stand pipe or cap and the
turn of a valve it's use can be changed from central goldfish,
cichlid or quarantine flow through.