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04/10/2006, 10:18 AM
My clownfish are making babies!! At first, it looked like they were eating them. What should I do if they hatch or whatever?


04/10/2006, 11:12 AM
If you haven't made any provisions thus far, you may not be able to do much. For raising babies, you need to have some green water and various stages of critter for feeding. I've heard of some being able to get a few to come out using vitamins like selcon and getting a rush order of smaller brine and other tiny critters. Once they hatch, you'd want to remove them from the tank to keep them from predation either by other fish or pumps. You don't want to use a net for this, though. If you can find a copy of Joyce Wilkerson's Clownfish, check it out as it has a lot of fundamental info on raising them. Anythony34 in MTRC had some he was trying to raise. You may be able to get him to try to raise them for you, depending on where he is in his setup. Matt from ETRC has a 'farm' for his babies, so he may have some good ideas for a quick method to get them food. I think you've likely got a few days to get things figured out. Good luck. BTW, what kind of clowns are they?

04/10/2006, 11:39 AM
They are just ocellaris clownfish. I got them at Pet Palace in Clarksville about 9 months ago. They were only two clownfish they had. The crazy thing was is that they are ocean raised, not tank raised.

04/10/2006, 12:43 PM

04/12/2006, 03:11 PM
Yep if you have not made plans for it you can forget about this batch..., you will need green water, you cant feed brine shrimp of any kind to baby clown fish it will choke them to death.. you will need to get rotifers... bascally
1. Green (You must have this first)
2. Rotifers To feed the baby clowns.. but you will need a lot of rotifers thats where the green water comes in at.. the rotifers have to eat also they feed on greenwater and produce very quickly.
3. after about 1-2 weeks you need to wing them off Rotifers and on to newly hatched baby brine shrimp while at the same time adding a bit of flake food to their diet to get them use to the idea of taking something other then Live foods. If is important thats the brine shrimp is new hatched no more then a couple days old at the max.. brine shrimp loose their nutrition as they get older and will not properly help in they development to grow.

There are a couple of places you can buy your greenwater starter kit and your rotifer starter kit.. would not cost you no more then about $35.00, and a Floricent light from HD about $10.00, you will keep your greenwater cultures in coke bottles and your rotifers in something like a mop bucket, 1 pump and a couple of tees.

It is very and I stress VERY importand not have your greenwater anywhere near the rotifers, if 1 single rotifer happens to get into your greenwater it will produce and eat it very quickly before you ever know what happen been there done that lol

04/12/2006, 04:59 PM
Congrats on the spawning clownfish!

Don't know if you'd like to try to raise them or not (of course, you can do nothing and let the clown larvae feed your reef), but a quick order to Florida Aqua Farms (or the vendor of your choice) for rotifers and a trip to the LFS for some DT's would make you ready to raise this batch if you wanted to.

Many breeders have stopped culturing algae because it is not necessary anymore. The rotifers can be fed algal pastes or concentrated algae products (hence the DT's). You can usually raise a few using newly-hatched small-strain brine shrimp as a first food depending on the specific clown pair and species, but only ~1-3% IME. I'd offer you a starter rot culture myself, but I'm a bit far away for that (WHY do our clubs have to be so far apart!?). You can PM me if you have any questions too :)


04/12/2006, 11:00 PM
Well, the clownfish keep eating the eggs. I thought these would make it. Is this normal?

04/12/2006, 11:16 PM
only if 1. they feel they are abnormal, or 2. Feel they can no longer protect them or the dreaded 3. Just bad parents some clowns are known for eating their young.

04/12/2006, 11:20 PM
For the first nest or two, it's pretty normal for strange things to happen. I just had two new pairs spawn in the last two weeks, and both ate their nests :rolleyes: One of them has since spawned for a 2nd time, and the parents are doing a better job this time.

Sometimes pairs will eat their own eggs if they "know" that the eggs are bad--in order to recover the nutrients rather than let the eggs die and decay. Newly-spawning pairs might just need to practice a little untill they get their "dance" down (first spawnings are fun to watch--they definitely look the part of first-timers!), and sometimes it can be dietary. With a good diet for the clowns and patience for the aquarist, they'll probably figure things out and reward you with another nest in a couple of weeks.

04/12/2006, 11:52 PM
Sweet...........I hope my would start mating and have little ones alos....What did u do to entice them? I bet it was the lighting and Barry White....