Berghia Setup's

Berghia Setup's

Postby lance » Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:41 pm

I was wondering who all hear is breeding berghia? And, if so can you post on this thread your setup?

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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby spk » Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:46 pm

Lance,
Hi there, I believe that Amie was or has been breedings these. I am hoping that she sees this thread. If not when I next speak to her I will let her know that you are looking for information.
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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby Spracklcat » Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:30 pm

I don't have them now but I did breed them for a short while. The setup was a 10g tank or smaller for the berghia, which I kept in smaller containers in the 10g (the tank just werved to maintain constant temperature), plus 2 tanks to grow and breed Aiptasia. That is the hardest part--keeping up with enough small Aiptasia to feed your brood.

I do know someone who very successfully co-bred Aiptasia and Berghia in a 10 gallon tank though, so there are multiple ways to do it successfully. What do you have in mind?
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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby lance » Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:21 pm

Just got a pair of berghia 27 hours ago and just now caught them doing this.

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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby spk » Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:26 pm

Hey there,
this is good news.
keep us posted please and let us know how you get on.
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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby lance » Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:53 pm

sure will

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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby Spracklcat » Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:55 pm

Looks about right :) Hope you have lots of anemones----
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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby lance » Sat Jun 06, 2009 1:48 am

Spracklcat wrote:Looks about right :) Hope you have lots of anemones----



Like this?

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And I have more I planned ahead on this undertaking for once ( lol ) .

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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby Spracklcat » Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:09 pm

Yup, that'll do :). Start separating out baby Aiptasia if you can-- you'll need the tiny anemones to feed the hatchlings.
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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby lance » Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:52 pm

Spracklcat wrote:Yup, that'll do :). Start separating out baby Aiptasia if you can-- you'll need the tiny anemones to feed the hatchlings.


I started that a few month's ago I notice everyday I can pull at least 20 baby aiptaisa with some patience in my system also my filter has ton's of baby aiptasia in it as well I'm just hoping to raise the first batch just to get the first one outta the way and the stress of the unknown.

Here is a shot of there first egg batch they actually laid two batch's on there first lay.

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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby lance » Sun Jun 07, 2009 3:52 am

I found another set of egg's in the new house I moved them 2 they laid the egg's in a shell that I put in there for them it had some nice aiptasia to eat and then found a home in the shell and laid. Tomorrow I will try to get a picture of the egg's for you guy's.


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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby lance » Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:02 pm

Did a water change in the cup's cleaned out detritus and dead aiptasia goo. Moved the shell with egg's to other cup with the double batch of egg's shell had water in the shell so egg's never were exposed to air. Berghia both ate a nice size aiptasia and looked like they were going to lay there 4th batch of egg's. Picture's coming tomorrow.

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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby lance » Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:39 am

found another set of egg's so I have 4 batch's of egg's unfortunately one of the berghia's kicked the bucket the other is eating like crazy and getting big. So I got to add picture's for you all tomorrow, also filled the berghia tank were I am going to grow out the babies after 1 month from hatch as well as breed in cup's is starting to cycle and got water from the original tank.

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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby Bubbly » Fri Apr 15, 2011 2:35 pm

Hi I'm new here, and I have just joined the ranks of the unempolyed so now I'm thinking to spend some time playing around with breeding a marine organism (something I have always wanted to do but didn't really have the time. I'm not sure which species to play around with yet, (I'm doing my homework) but I'm contemplating the Berghia nudibranch. There is a new book out on breeding Berghia I have just placed an order on Amazon for it but thought you might be interested as well. The book is called, "Breeding Berghia Nudibranches the best kept secret" by Dene Banger. I have just learned that the author actually lives in the same area as me and apparently he used to breed these by the thousands (as well as several species of seahorses and Banggai Cardinals). I hope this is helpful. I'm going to keep browsing the forum, but here is the link to Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Breeding-Berghia- ... 489&sr=8-1
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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby Bubbly » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:32 am

Just an update, the author lives in the next city to me and I met with him yesterday afternoon (a very, very nice man BTW) and he gave me a signed proof copy! This book is amazing, he takes you through a step-by-step tutorial for building a proven system (hobbyist level, hobbyist/entrepreneur and light commercial). What I find amazing is the breeding chamber, this chamber TOTALLY separates the Berghia nudibranches (the adults, the egg strings and the larvae) from the main filtration system allowing you to run conventional fitration equipment (i.e. protein skimmer, power filters, UV sterilizer) and water-top off systems on your breeding setup with no fear of the filtration system removing any of the larvae. This is brilliant! He also has a website that he put together that has a directory listing to help upcoming breeders get exposure....
here is the link: http://breedingberghia.com
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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby spawner » Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:36 pm

Hey that is wonderful. I'll have to get a copy. I shot Dr. Carroll an email, he and his Masters Thesis adviser were the ones that developed the breeding methods for these wonderful slugs. He is always impressed how the hobby uses them. They where hoping for a neurological model species for lab research.
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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby aomont » Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:46 pm

Some extra info:

Marine Biology (2009) 156:753–761
Laboratory culture of the aeolid nudibranch Spurilla neapolitana (Mollusca, Opisthobranchia): life history aspects
Ami Schlesinger · Rotem Goldshmid · Michael G. HadWeld · Esti Kramarsky-Winter · Yossi Loya
http://www.tau.ac.il/lifesci/department ... ts/200.pdf

Dr. Carroll's paper
The Biological Bulletin (1990), Vol 179, Issue 3 243-253
Laboratory culture of the aeolid nudibranch Berghia verrucicornis (Mollusca, Opisthobranchia)— some aspects of its development and life-history.
D. J. Carroll and S. C. Kempf
http://www.biolbull.org/cgi/reprint/179/3/243
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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby jolson » Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:56 am

this is just what I have been looking for, I always wanted to try this. Lance how did you get such a good growth of Aiptasia, that has always been a sticky point for me. Believe it or not I have tried several times but always lose my Aiptasia culture not what most SW aquarist have a problem with I know. Do you have a specific method you use and is there a method for it in the book.
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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby aomont » Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:15 am

jolson, try to shoot lance a PM because his last visit to MOFIB seems to have occurred in May, 2010 and he may be seen the replies. I am also curious about how far he went with this project.
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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby jolson » Sun May 08, 2011 2:50 pm

just went ahead and bought the book, haven't read it completely yet but its talks all about raising berghia so I will just give it a try
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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby jolson » Sun May 08, 2011 2:52 pm

correction, it does have a section on raising Aiptasia so I will give that a try
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Re: Berghia Setup's

Postby cl2ysta1 » Tue May 31, 2011 9:13 pm

I breed berghias and have been breeding them and raising them for about the last three years. all from my original three which i sadly killed all three in two weeks :) but their eggstrands saved me and I now raise several hundred a month.. this is what I use to raise them...


salt water, aiptasia, and potato salad cups, a pipette, reef tongs. NO fancy crap here :)



If anyone has any questions please feel free to PM me. If you need some to start out also feel free to pm me. Our website is www.berghiadirect.com We are just a couple of saltwater enthusiasts who try to fund our reef tank addiction.. though it seems we grow more aiptasia than coral anymore! Lol
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