View Full Version : First clownfish larvae fail. Help!

07/12/2015, 08:02 AM
I moved my larvae 2 nights ago to larvae tank. I used a 10 gallon with 4 gallons of parent tank water. I used a heater and a rigid airline (my air stone broke and couldn't get a new one.) i used a the bowl method and siphoned them out. I had a 18 inch 15w florescent light that i think was too bright. I switched to clamp on lamp 13w equivalent to 60w compact florescent bulb. (switching to 15w incandescent) i put 1 1/2 quarts of rotifers as it was a small nest. Here might be the problem i put 8-10 drop of rg complete. I checked my ammonia and as of today is .25ppm. I have trouble gauging amount (first rot culture crashed because of over feeding). As of now i only have 1 clownfish larvae left. He is hanging by the sides for some reason.

My broodstock diet includes: mysis, nls pellets, lrs fish frenzy, reef plankton, mosquito larvae.

This was their 3 over all clutch. They are ocellaris clowfish.

Should i use fresh saltwater?

Pls help. Past stories help, advice, common mistakes etc.

I think problem was water pollution and poor aeration that leaded to suffocation. Does this sound right?

07/13/2015, 09:52 PM
Did they die by the heater? You want enough rotifers in the tank so that each fry dont have to swim more than a body length to reach it. If the fry look like they are doing a hand stand then it means you have to much light other wise the light should be ok. You will want to add enough rg complete to tint the water, that will help if you have to much light and to keep the rotifers gut filled.

Reef Reaper
07/14/2015, 05:40 PM
I would use less water. The larvae has too much room there . It is much easier to catch rotifers in less would. Also make the water green with phytoplankton