orchid dottybacks

orchid dottybacks

Postby reefstew » Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:00 pm

I have had some success in breeding orchid dottybacks but way more failures. I have moved the eggs on day 4 & most of the eggs had fungus on them(white). I moved another clutch on day 2 & airated them in methylene blue till day 4 & moved the eggs to an egg tumbler & was able to get a SMALL hatch. But 95% of the eggs don"t hatch. 1 of my breeding pairs tends the eggs all the time while another pair usually eats them on day 2. Any help would be appreciated. I am breeding Ocellaris & Black clown fish & Erectus seahorses with really good results.
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Re: orchid dottybacks

Postby Kmiec123 » Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:37 am

Welcome to MOFIB...I don't have experiance with dottybacks, but I'll give you a Sunday morning bump! ;)
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Re: orchid dottybacks

Postby reefstew » Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:12 pm

Am I the only one out their breeding Orchid Dottybacks besides ORA?
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Re: orchid dottybacks

Postby BaboonScience » Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:32 pm

There are a few people here working with them. Hopefully they will see this thread soon.
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Re: orchid dottybacks

Postby PaulG » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:04 am

My first pair ate the eggs for the first 3 spawns and then tended them till they hatched.

Can't say i did anything else apart from feed them lots at least twice a day & they worked it out on there own.

I did try taking them out & hatching them but none hatched.

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Re: orchid dottybacks

Postby ChuckC » Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:34 am

I think there is a high correlation between how secure the male feels in his home and how well he cares for his eggs.
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Re: orchid dottybacks

Postby BaboonScience » Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:19 am

There are not that many small breeders playing with dottybacks right not, unfortunately.
There is this older thread that has been resurected every once and a while, viewtopic.php?f=211&t=281&start=25

Ed Diaz has worked with the Orchids off and on.
It does seem that development and behavior os very similar to the other Pseudochromis species. Am I correct in thinking this?
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Re: orchid dottybacks

Postby reefstew » Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:01 pm

Well I got a good size batch to hatch on Sat. A lot of them died over night but still have a lot alive. Have another batch of eggs from another pair I need to move on Mon. I keep you up to date.
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Re: orchid dottybacks

Postby reefstew » Sat Sep 04, 2010 10:09 pm

Not getting a lot of help here but that's ok since I have 2 pairs going every 6-7 days laying eggs. I got 2 good spawns & moved another clutch of eggs a few minutes ago. I'm stuborn & I'll figure it out.
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Re: orchid dottybacks

Postby ChuckC » Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:20 pm

I feed my brood stock often. Six times a day is not uncommon. I take the eggs minutes before the lights go out and nearly always get a good hatch. The eggs are in the tumbler less than an hour before they hatch.

I do have problems with the male eating the eggs. My older male is more reliable than the younger ones.
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Re: orchid dottybacks

Postby FuEl » Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:15 am

New breeders will often eat eggs. I just let them eat until they get the hang of things. No point stressing yourself over inexperienced breeders. I've removed the eggs as early as day 2-3 and still get good hatches. I did'nt even need to formalin or methylene blue the eggs. Just make sure the water you are using to tumble the eggs pass through a reliable UV sterilizer.
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Re: orchid dottybacks

Postby reefstew » Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:33 pm

Well I now have 2 really good pairs spawning every 6 days. Getting real good hatches & some from each batch to go through metamorphis. What I'm finding out is it is up to the male to do a good job fertilizing the eggs & keeping them clean. I have taken some pictures but the color comes out blue instead of orchid & the newly hatched are way to small.
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Re: orchid dottybacks

Postby PaulG » Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:42 pm

It's a combination of both, the female must have sufficient nutrition to produce healthy eggs and the male needs sufficient nutrition to put the 'led in his pencil' so to speak.

My female always produces a good batch of eggs however the male I think is the biggest problem as he does not eat all that much and the good stuff he ignores but the female goes nuts for it.

It's a matter of nutrition, nutrition, nutrition for these guys.
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Re: orchid dottybacks

Postby reefstew » Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:14 pm

Well good news, I'm starting to sell the Orchid Dottybacks.
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Re: orchid dottybacks

Postby Brenda » Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:10 am

That is great news! Post some pics!
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Re: orchid dottybacks

Postby reefstew » Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:36 pm

I took a lot of pictures & the color comes out blue instead of purple. Very frustrating since they have great color.
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Re: orchid dottybacks

Postby PaulG » Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:03 pm

you need to adjust the 'white balance' of teh camera to get the correct colours to show. trial and error mostly
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