View Full Version : Thanks Chris!Larval setup
03/06/2006, 10:44 AM
Sending a shout out to Chris for making me an excellent larval collector for my A.percula fry. I've actually had it for around a month now. It works great once you get the right flow.. No sitting and scooping them out.
Here's my old set up.
Side of the new
some pics of the results.
2day old larvae.
you can see some bulging of thier stomachs on this blowup pic
Travis L. Stevens
03/06/2006, 10:48 AM
Awesome! Nice job. Keep us posted.
03/06/2006, 12:55 PM
COOL! Baby clowns. Nice job Chris. I have one of his overflows. Very nice.
03/06/2006, 01:42 PM
What are you feeding type/frequency?
03/06/2006, 05:01 PM
Excellent, I am glad it is working for you. Once they grow up mabey I can get a couple of those Percs.
Congrats Perc. Daddy!
03/06/2006, 05:11 PM
ATM I'm co-culturing rotifers and phyto. My density is around 15-30 rots/ml. I haven't had to add rotifers since I had such a high density from the beginning. They are able to reproduce as fast or faster than the larvae have been consuming them. I've just been adding the phyto morning and evening. At least the density hasn't seemed to be affected. I hope they are eating. It sure seems like it by the bulges in their midsection.
Grow out will not be easy until I can get a system together.
Those baby clowns are pretty cool.
How many do you think you've got?
03/06/2006, 05:24 PM
It's kind of hard to tell. I would say somewhere between 40-60.
I don't expect to get them all through meta, but I suppose some should make it. I'm learning as I go. I lost the last clutch by not having redundancy in the air system, but that's the way learning curves usually goes.
03/06/2006, 05:30 PM
Kevin, I think I figured out what that set-up is but can you explain it?
03/06/2006, 07:55 PM
I assume you were talking about the larval trap setup. It works on the same principle as an external overflow. The screen houses an adjustable pump that pumps water out of the vessel. As the water is pumped out, the u-tube pulls water out of the larger tank. You use a 5w led to attract the larvae as they hatch and as they approach the light they get sucked into the larval box.
If you didn't use an overflow and didn't have a lot of flow in the tank, you could leave this running at night and I bet you get all sorts of larvae. I got some acro crab larvae one night when I miss-timed the first hatch. I wouldn't know how to go about raising those guys. I could only imagine they have extremely long larval stages. That's just a guess though.
That is basically how it works. If anyone wants to get a well-made trap to try your hand at raising some clownfish, contact Chris. It's extremely convenient. I just hang it on my tank instead of having to set up a 5gallon at tank level every time I think there is going to be a hatch.
04/02/2006, 09:24 PM
got any specs on that snagger, how do you get the u tube to siphon water back into the tank?
how bout a close up of the two liter cut out and how its set up
04/05/2006, 07:03 AM
kevin, I have this thing i made for cleaning the bottom of the tanks and not sucking up babys. I have BECOME AN EXXXPPPEEERRT. I think i am going insaine... I have tooo many babys. 7 clutches(or bunches or whatever you call them.) of seahorse babys......
04/05/2006, 09:58 AM
Excellent! I wish you luck with all the little ones. I know it definitely can be hectic with so many and other stuff going on.
Let us know how it goes with the rearing.
04/05/2006, 12:32 PM
Thanks for the Pictures of the setup--very good reference material!
04/05/2006, 02:15 PM
how are you starting the siphon with the u-tube though.
04/05/2006, 02:30 PM
to start a siphon thru the u tube, you run a piece of airline tubing up to the top while the ends of the u tube are under the water. you can then suck the air out thru the airline tubing and that gets the siphon started.
04/05/2006, 02:52 PM
Hoops with this, it's actually easier to fill the tube and then cover the ends of the tube with saran wrap. Then turn it over and remove the tube. Make sure you have water in the collection vessel at least to the leve of the u-tube end. The way Sarah mention is how I fill my tubes for my external overflow. I just found that it is easier as you can control when the pump is turned on without a problem. Also you can start it with less flow this way.
04/27/2006, 09:45 AM
I need one of these asap. Chris can I get some contact info?
04/27/2006, 10:27 AM
Chris is chris4693. He replied to this thread. Just send him a PM.
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