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Old 04/21/2018, 12:22 AM   #1
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Yellow watchman goby spawned

My yellow watchman goby pair have spawned after 5 years together. I have kept them in a 75 gallon reef tank with a big mean maroon clown since 2013. Recently I moved them to a new 180 gallon system where they have been for 3 months with 3 chromis, 2 clowns, and other little peaceful fish which I believe has promoted them to breed (I never witnessed the female swollen or the eggs in the previous tank).

I am no breeder, however I have all the necessary equipment to attempt to keep them alive and am trying to source the missing rotifers locally. I found this wealth of information http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2005-12/ft/index.php.

I am going to attempt to remove the egg sack on day 4 prior to lights out, if unable to remove I'll watch the eggs on night 4 until they hatch and collect as many as I can and place them in a blacked out 10 gallon tank with ~5 gallons of tank water at 78-80F. From there I will keep them aerated and saturated with rotifers. Any experience on when they may hatch, how long till metamorphisis, and what else they will eat or any advice is appreciated!









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Old 04/21/2018, 08:24 AM   #2
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Congratz. ��
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Sterile is not better. Successfully bred: Banggai, Lined Seahorse. Restarting work on Ruby Red dragonets, Blue Mandarins, Davinci Clowns, Pink Skunk Clowns (not mature yet) dragonface pipefish.

Current Tank Info: 125 gal tank, 40 gal refugium - 30 gal Ruby Red tank - 70 gallon erectus / mandarin tank
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Old 04/24/2018, 11:50 PM   #3
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The eggs hatched last night after 4 days of incubation, I pulled the egg sack from the tank right before lights out at 11 pm and placed them in a 32 oz bowl floating in 5 gallons of water in the 10 gallon fry tank with gentle bubbles. I checked at 1 am and 50% had hatched.

These guys are tiny maybe 2mm in length! I added a good dose of rotifers to their bowl immediately fingers crossed they are eating.








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Old 04/25/2018, 06:03 AM   #4
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Sterile is not better. Successfully bred: Banggai, Lined Seahorse. Restarting work on Ruby Red dragonets, Blue Mandarins, Davinci Clowns, Pink Skunk Clowns (not mature yet) dragonface pipefish.

Current Tank Info: 125 gal tank, 40 gal refugium - 30 gal Ruby Red tank - 70 gallon erectus / mandarin tank
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Old 04/25/2018, 04:41 PM   #5
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Neat. They are one of my favorite fish, and they're very devoted partners.


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Salinity 1.024-6; alkalinity 8.3-9.3 on KH scale; calcium 420; magnesium 1300, temp 78-80, nitrate .2. Ammonia 0. No filters: lps tank. Alk and cal won't rise if mg is low.

Current Tank Info: 105g AquaVim wedge lps reef: 3 firefish, yellowhead jawfish, yellow watchman, 3 chromis, tailspot/starry blennies, pink margin fairy wrasse, mandarin, kalk, radion pro, gyre, Eshopps s-200 skimmer, basement sump.
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