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I just got a 150g that i want to put my pair of JDs in. but the female is guarding eggs in a 55 i have them in now. So do I have to wait until the eggs hatch before I remove the pair of JDs or will they hatch on their own? :fish:
 

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They will hatch without the parents in there but the fry would be much better off with them. I guess it mostly depends on what you want to do with the fry once they come and what your plans are for the 55 once your JD pair is in the new 150? If you want to raise them you could leave the parents in there once the eggs hatch and wait for the fry to become free swimmers. Then remove the parents and leave the fry in the 55. That way your 55 would act like a grow out tank.

If you tell us what your plans are we may be able to help more. That's all I got for now. Good luck with the eggs.
 

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You can transfer eggs easily as long as they are stuck on something that is easily moved (such as a pot or a rock). Gently lift the item containing eggs out of the water, quickly move them to the new tank and gently lower them back into the water. I have heard that any air contact will kill the eggs but I did this (with JD eggs, although I doubt that mattered) just a few weeks ago and the fry are alive and apparently strong.

Leaving the eggs in place without the parents is an option, but the mother will fan the eggs which keeps fresh water on them as well as removes the funguses eggs so the fungus does not spread to the other healthy eggs. If you remove the mother from the tank doing this will become your responsibility.

Once a JD pair is formed they are likely to spawn regularly, so unless you are extremely anxious for this brood to grow up, I would ignore the eggs and let them start over in the new tank.

Achieving a breeding pair is always exciting and learning to help care for the fry is very fun (at first)… but it doesn’t take long until them spawning becomes normal behavior and finding something to do with the offspring becomes a burden. The easiest thing I’ve found to take care of fry are tank mates :D
 
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