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Here is a video I took 2 nights ago of my pair laying eggs. The next morning the eggs were gone unless they buried them. They are in a 125g with an eggcrate divider the only fish I think could get through the divider is a Rubber Lip.Just wondering should I put them in a tank alone or just leave a night light on so they can protect the eggs?
 

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That's awesome congrats Sean!!! If they did eat their eggs don't worry - they'll do it again!!!

I have to say from watching the video your female seems to know exactly what to do - but the male is kinda just watching... There's even one point where she tries to nudge him over the eggs and you could tell he didn't get it!!!

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skwestle...Congrats on the spawn, thats a nice accomplishment :thumb:

Your fish look great. The female will usually pick up after 40-45 hours. The fry hatch soon thereafter and the female will hold them for several days. On the 4th or 5th day she will start releasing the wigglers into small pits, and both parents will contrust a large pit or two and over the next few days they'll start releasing free-swimming fry into these pits. Each day they will release them for a little longer until they leave them out almost the entire day and only hold them over night. Eventually, after 12-16 days (depends on size of parents, tank mates, etc) they will stop holding the fry over night. At which point you can take them out if you wish.

IME the female will hold them throughout the wriggler stage, and after the fry become free swimming the male will begin holding sometimes, and eventually after the fry grow a bit, the female will stop holding them and the male will take over all the holding responsibilities. Good luck :thumb:

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Very nice video skwestle.

Do you have any other possible breeding sites in the tank?

Just wondering, becuase mine always choose which ever piece of driftwood that is closest to the filter intake head, and yours appear to have picked a site close to one as well. What about yours Ed?

Also what time of day did yours spawn? Mine always spawn in the afternoon between 4pm and 6pm.
 

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skwestle....no problem. I am sure you'll get a few more pairs out of your group of 10! Keep us updated

DeadFishFloating....neither of my pairs have spawned right at an intake. Most of the river stones where they spawn are about 12" away from the intakes, then they always move the fry in the opposite direction. Mine have only spawned on driftwood once, on a vertical side. They prefer round stones, they usually spawn on top but sometimes will dig out underneath a stone and lay eggs on the vertical surface along the edge. It seems kind of an awkward endeavor spawning there but i suppose they think it is a safe, more concealed location :lol:

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Great video :thumb: I am thinking of a larger SA setup... How large are the parents?
 

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IME that's a normal spawn size. Mine are usually also lay about 150 eggs, with the occasional spawn of 200. With the larger spawns they usually don't pick all of them up.

Did they pick them up or eat them?

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Well, I will always say no to that question :lol:

This is their second spawn? I would be patient and allow them to keep trying to raise the fry naturally. I don't like having to artificially raise fry and tend to think they lose something out of it. Your pair probably just need more practice and they will get it right.

Have anymore pairs formed out of your group? I have never bred isolated pairs, only in a group. When another pair forms I would leave them in the 125 and see how they fare with the others. In this situation there may be predation from the other males but I think being in a group really brings out their instinctual behavior more so than as pairs when their are no enemy fishes.

I would give them a few more tries and see what happens. If they continue to eat the eggs trying to artificially raise a clutch might be an option. The fry are very hard to raise after removing them from their parents, so I assume trying to artificially raise them would also be difficult. Good luck :thumb: and keep us updated,

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Thanks Ed, I just bought a 260g tank I was wondering would that be a better setup for them i was planning on rays in it but the Geos and the EBJDs are what i am gearing for? I really love my Tapajos i could probably put 15 in the 260 with my Heros notatus? That was the second spawn and i have no other pairs i bought them 5 at a time 2 months apart so that might be why they haven't paired off.
 
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