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I’m in the middle of moving which includes relocating a lot of fish… I have a pair with eggs that simply had to move today…

I had a bucket of tank water ready… carefully lifted the clay pot where the eggs were and quickly (yet carefully) moved them to the bucket…

When I got to the new house I followed the same process moving them into the new tank… this was ‘fresh’ water but the houses are only a mile apart and are serviced by the same water plant (same PH, GH, etc).

I’ve heard that if the eggs are exposed to air at all they will immediately spoil. Is this true?

The Mother ignored the pot for the first half hour but is now back in the pot fanning eggs. This leads me to assume they are fine, but I’m not the assuming type…

These are mature Dempseys with ample breeding experience. These eggs are not critical to me but if they have a chance at hatching, I’d like to let them do so. If they stand no chance I plan to separate the pair…
 

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That's what made sense to me... but that's not what I heard... I'm glad I double checked...

Now let's just hope they can defend the nest from the Trimac and everything will be just groovy...
 

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In case anyone is still questioning...

The eggs that I removed allowing them to be breifly exposed to air... hatched this morning...

It' a boy and a girl and a girl and a boy and a girl and a boy and a boy and a girl and a boy and a boy and a boy and a girl and a boy and a girl and a girl and a girl and a boy and a girl and a boy and a boy and a girl and a girl and a girl and a boy and a girl and a boy and a boy and a girl and a boy and a boy and a boy and a girl and a boy and a girl and a girl and a girl and a boy and a girl and a boy and a boy and a girl and a girl and a girl and a boy and a girl and a boy and a boy and a girl and a boy and a boy and a boy and a girl and a boy and a girl and a girl and a girl and a boy and a girl and a boy and a boy and a girl and a girl and a girl and a boy and a girl and a boy and a boy and a girl and a boy and a boy and a boy and a girl and a boy and a girl and a girl and a girl and a boy and a girl and a boy and a boy and a girl and a girl and a girl and a boy and a girl and a boy and a boy and a girl and a boy and a boy and a boy and a girl and a boy and a girl and a girl and a girl and a boy and a girl and a boy and a boy and a girl ... I think I missed a few...

I hope I don't have to smoke a cigar for each one :oops:
 

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I say we just pass around the peace pipe and call it done...

The wigglers are still doing fine... These fry aren't of any significant importance (so be it they are Blue Gene Dempseys, I have an older batch of them growing out already)... The main reason I kept the eggs was to test my ability to move them without damaging... I've kept fish for a lot of years but have avoided breeding pairs until the last couple years. So I'm really enjoying toying with a new area of fish keeping...
 

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Congrats on the successful move!

And not trying to hijack the thread here, but curious what the fanning does for the eggs(?).
 

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My question was answered and then the answer was proven... so feel free to twist the thread wherever you want...

The female fans the eggs for circulation. If this doesn't take place the eggs get "stale" and die (turn white).

I've heard those who remove eggs and hatch them elsewhere need to use something to mimic the female's fanning... usually a sponge filter or very small powerhead... but TFG has a secret method which includes flippers...

… and thanks for the congratulations… I really didn’t do much though… and they seemed to enjoy doing their part… The hardest part about breeding is being patient enough not to give up :p
 

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Sorry I hijacked your thread back there! :oops:

Congrats Dude! :dancing: :thumb:

Can't wait to see some pictures of them! And hopefully everything works out ok! Good luck! :)
 

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nc_nutcase said:
but TFG has a secret method which includes flippers...
:lol: I was being sarcastic, nutcase unfortunately knows my sense of humor... The last time I was in the carribian I was on a catamaran with a bunch of Jamaicans (they were a blast) and when they asked what size shoe I wore to get me a pair of flippers for snorkling I told them 13. They said I didn't need flippers :lol:
 
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