Ancistrus ID please?... And they spawned. :-)

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Thanks, Chuck. :-)
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The lone baby was out again today after a WC.
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I found another juvenile in the tank, thus doubling the number of fry that developed from the eggs in the first two spawns. And yesterday I changed out the old fluorescent light fixture for an LED I picked up a while ago at a club auction. The new light really gives the fish a good look.

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Third spawn occurred overnight last night. From the first two spawns, only two babies developed and rest of eggs failed. I can see one bad egg already in this photo. What's with all the bad eggs?

With 13-14 adults in the tank and trapping occurring overnight each time, I have no clue as to which female/females is/are involved. I've learned to expect some bad eggs or even a whole bad spawn from females on their first spawn, but are these eggs from a repeat spawning female? I'll never know if I don't catch her in the act.

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Eggs hatched today, between 80 - 87 hours after being laid. As with previous spawns, the eggs started failing quickly, some turning white within hours of being laid. On the second day, I transferred the egg mass to a Cobalt tumbler. I tried to pick the bad eggs apart but they were really stuck to the mass, so I simply tried to destroy them in place.

As of now, I can count about 25 fry, which I think is about 1/5-1/4 of the whole mass. These babies are small!

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Congratulations on the new batch Eric...… sometimes all you can do is hope they figure it out and try your best to do what you think is correct.


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Thanks Chuck. Yeah, I feel the same way. But I still wonder if water conditions are to blame for all the eggs lost.

Here's two pics while playing with my phone macro lens. :-)

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Could be, you could try messing with the water a little. Not sure what you are working with but some tannins wouldn't hurt... and makes your water a nice tea color! lol Adding some Oak branches or leaves would add tannins and easy to get around my yard anyways.


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The tank has manzanita, but it's so old that I suspect most of the tannins are out. Maybe time for fresh wood.

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Four day old fry, just finishing their yolk sacs and starting to feed.
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Ancistrus sp. Rio Ucayali, 6 days post-hatching. So far I've had 100% survivorship of the fry. They're developing nicely.

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Very nice, look to be doing well. Keep up the good work and look forward at seeing them grow!

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Ancistrus sp. Rio Ucayali, 2 months old
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Ancistrus sp. Rio Ucayali, 10 days post hatching.
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Picture updates of babies and adults. Babies are 15 days old and eating their first Brussels sprouts. They stripped two sprout leaves down to their veins in just 12 hours. Male photographed without flash, female photographed with flash to show her fin colors. She's still a seven pointer.

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What a bizarre pose - sitting very still in cave with the pelvic fins flared out and up... No fanning, just this flare on display. :-D

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Oldest babies are 3 months old and already 38mm SL. Dang they grow fast!... Way faster than my L201! 8-|
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Another Ancistrus sp. Rio Ucayali spawn found yesterday. Since I've had such poor survival of eggs left with dads (2 fry from 3 spawns) but a better result with the Cobalt egg tumbler (about 43 fry from one spawn, roughly 25%-33% of the egg mass), I pulled the new eggs this morning.
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Good luck, hope you gets lots this time!

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Thanks Chuck.

After this picture was taken, I added a few drops of Methylene blue to the tumbler. It diluted out into the main tank very quickly, but some stuck to the eggs' jelly coats, so I hope this is just enough to enhance egg survival and hatching above what I got last time. Maybe the meth blue wasn't necessary this time because this batch of eggs looks pretty good on the second day (compared to white eggs appearing on day 2 in the last clutch) and those eggs hatched quickly last time I had them in the tumbler (three days to hatching, if I recall correctly, so they might start hatching tomorrow or the next day).

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