my green chromis may have layed eggs need some advise

my green chromis may have layed eggs need some advise

Postby loon3y » Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:48 am

Hi people

My female chromie may have layed eggs well it did look as if she had.The male went a darker colour then went to the female then they both went to a bit of live rock and the female was rubbing up against it then the male went over them.I just want some advise about raiseing them.

1.What do they feed on and can i buy the food in my lfs?

2.If i see the eggs can i move them to a floating hatchery

3.Are they hard to raise

4.How long do i need to keep them in the hatchery befor i can add them to my tank


Thanks

Alfie
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Re: my green chromis may have layed eggs need some advise

Postby jolson » Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:11 pm

Hi Loon3y, check out the breeding page or the species section and I think you will find out most of this information
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Re: my green chromis may have layed eggs need some advise

Postby Clownfish75 » Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:01 am

Hi Alfie

1.What do they feed on and can i buy the food in my lfs?

Not 100% sure but i would be guessing Copepod, wild plankton or maybe some SS rotifers, Avalaible at the LFS i doubt it, very specialised stuff, what country are you in?

2.If i see the eggs can i move them to a floating hatchery

You could but it probably wont help, likely you will need a dedicated tank, Chromis deposit their eggs so they should be easy to move though.

3.Are they hard to raise

It is probably possible, but i have never heard of it being done, and it certianly will be a challenge. But you will enjoy the trials of rearing them.

4.How long do i need to keep them in the hatchery befor i can add them to my tank

Not sure but i guess would be 30 days (very roughly) before they settle then they will be 1cm versions of mum and dad.

Good luck

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Re: my green chromis may have layed eggs need some advise

Postby spawner » Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:24 am

Alfie,

Chromis are very under developed larvae. For demersal eggs they are very small and under developed, similar to that of a triggerfish. We have them eating here at RWU/NEAq and they require the smallest nauplii of copepods at first feeding. They are hardy larvae but require a very small prey item. If your really interested in working with them you need to start culturing Parvocalanus copepods.

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