Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby mrcob » Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:51 pm

Just joined the forums and looking for a place to network and connect with other breeders as well as a place for documenting.

I'm new to breeding clownfish. I've been involved with saltwater aquariums for the last 7 years and have spent the last couple of years running an online shop moving high end coral. I have taken an interest in propagating which has led me to clownfish breeding of Amphiprion ocellaris and percula clownfish. I especially enjoy the "designer" clowns.

So, here is what I'm working with as of right now.

In order of my preference...

1) Black Ice A. ocellaris (f) X Black Ice A. ocellaris (spawning pair)
2) Darwin Misbar A. ocellaris (f) X Black Snowflake A. ocellaris
3) Snow Onyx HYBRID (f) X Premium Snowflake A. ocellaris
4) Grade B Picasso A. percula (f) X Platinum A. percula
5) Grade A Picasso A. percula (f) X Premium Picasso A. percula

Fish on the side as backup males: (if things stay the same above then I will pair up the two premiums below as my personal pair to enjoy in a reef)
Premium Blacker Ice A. ocellaris
Premium Snowflake A. ocellaris
Platinum A. percula
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Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby mrcob » Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:47 am

Black Ice Spawning pair
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Darwin and Black Snowflake bonded pair
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Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby mrcob » Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:23 am

A few pics from my cell phone tonight as I was moving pairs around. None of them are spawning otherwise I would not have moved them.

Picasso and platinum
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Snow onyx and premium snowflake
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Picasso pair
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Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby mrcob » Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:53 pm

My new pair came in today... Made a trade with a vendor.

This pair is wild caught...and were caught together about 6 months ago.

Onyx A. percula (f) X regular A. percula


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Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby mrcob » Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:17 am

Got water in the second breeder system today : ) so happy to be done with that!


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Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby Luis A M » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:46 pm

Nice set up,Rob!.And lots of $$$ in broodstock :wink:
Have some began spawning yet?
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Re: Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby mrcob » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:54 pm

Luis A M wrote:Nice set up,Rob!.And lots of $$$ in broodstock :wink:
Have some began spawning yet?


Thanks Luis, none are spawning right now. Two pairs are cleaning pots. I'm not really expecting any spawns until I settle down and stop working on the build and get on a regular schedule of maintenance and feeding.

Thx for posting.

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Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby mrcob » Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:24 pm

So I finally narrowed it down to 3 pairs.

I can run 4 pairs with my current set up but will keep the 4th stall open for a special pair that I may or may not come across.

I also decided not to work with hybrids for now.

1) Black Ice (f) A. ocellaris X Black Ice A. ocellaris
2) Onyx A. percula (wild caught f) X Platinum A. percula
3) Darwin misbar (f) A. ocellaris X Black Snowflake A. ocellaris

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Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby mrcob » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:59 pm

Looks like I have pair number 4 in place. I took the large wild caught male true percula I got with the onyx and paired him up with my premium/extreme snowflake male. Will let the perc go female.

So, I will be working with a hybrid pair after all. I was thinking that since the true perc is wild that I will be starting with good genes for a pair to breed and produce hybrid offspring.


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Postby mrcob » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:59 pm

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Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby mrcob » Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:30 am

Tell me this lady don't look pregnant...? Lol

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Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby mrcob » Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:45 am

Split the rotifer culture tonight and added heaters to both. These are now sitting in a stand in the garage.

You can also see two ways to hang the rotifer filter floss. The one with the tube has a weight on the end of it to keep the floss hanging upright. Both ways seem to work and you can see both are dirty and collecting waste.


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Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby ClownfishHatchery » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:21 am

Nice pictures and thanks for sharing. What is that plastic looking black material? Is it to protect the cabinet from water spills? If so, you may want to move the power strip off the bottom just in case :-)
Keep a record of your rot density before and after you add the heater to see if they do increase. Also it lloks like you are really bubbling to rots water. I have found that gentle bubble works better for me. Try one of your buckets with 2-3 bubbles per second and see if your rots density improves. Just my advice :-) Good luck!!
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Postby mrcob » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:28 pm

Thx for the tips on the rots...I switched to rigid airline tubing and tossed the airstones...cultures are full and stable now.

I line all of my stands with pond liner just to keep water in the stand and off my floors when I mess up. With all the tanks I have owned over the last ten years ..there has been many messes lol. The power strip needs to be hung...just one of those things I had not done yet.

My new broodstock pair...

Snowflake A. ocellaris (lots of serious blues on this one, need to get some better pics) X Wyoming White (absolutely beautiful fish)

I never understood the full rave on Wyoming Whites...but after now owning one I do. The colors are so vibrant, it really is something special. Platinums and Maine blizzards just don't compare.



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Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby mrcob » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:24 pm

Update... Have a new pair that we paired up just a month ago and they put down a nest this evening at 6pm. The female has spawned before but fist time for us and first time with this male.

Wild caught Onyx female and Premium Snowflake male FEA lineage. Together this pair will make hybrid Snow Onyx.



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Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby harryo » Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:05 pm

Very Nice
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Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby Coraltastic » Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:12 am

Nice rob. I can't get mine to start laying at all!
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Re: Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby mrcob » Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:52 pm

harryo wrote:Very Nice




Coraltastic wrote:Nice rob. I can't get mine to start laying at all!



Thx!


I do have a few pairs that I have struggled with getting back into cycle but for the most part once I got one pair to lay it seems everyone followed suit.

I feed 5-7 times a day..maybe more...pretty much everytime I look at the tank and I do small daily water changes. 1.020 sg and 82 temp with 15 hr light cycle. I also run a sump and fuge on the broodstock system along with macro, live rock, dsb and skimmer. UV too.



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Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby mrcob » Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:56 am

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I give up... so difficult to post pics on here
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Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby Luis A M » Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:58 am

Easier than falling from a log! :D
Click "upload attachement".Then "examine" and choose your pic and open it.Then "add the file".Done!.If you want to post more pics,repeat the procedure.
If you´re not sure you did it right,check with the "preview"button. :wink:
EDIT forgot to mention;pics must be not larger than 600 x 600 pix for direct posting.
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Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby mrcob » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:26 pm

Check out some of the babies in growout... you can see Snow Onyx and Onyx Picasso clownfish babies in this vid. Two of the onyx Picassos have the #4 on them and one onyx Picasso has the letter "t" on one side and the #7 on the other...calling him "t7".

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Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby swjunkie » Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:05 pm

Hi Rob,
I am new to the forum and just wanted to ask you a couple questions.... The false anemone that is in the video where did you find something like this and will it degrade and pollute the water?
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Re: Re: Mr. Cob's Clownfish breeding program - first go

Postby mrcob » Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:55 pm

swjunkie wrote:Hi Rob,
I am new to the forum and just wanted to ask you a couple questions.... The false anemone that is in the video where did you find something like this and will it degrade and pollute the water?


Hi, the false anem will fade, I found it on eBay. The only real issue with them is that the stagnant water inside the anemone becomes "polluted", to prevent this I just stick an airline inside it and pull one of the tentacles out to allow water movement.



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