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post #46 of 266 (permalink) Old 06-24-2011, 01:08 PM
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I got dibs on your oto babies
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The Oto Journal - Update 24-Jun-2011

Eggs looking good today. The one that I thought was going to be non-viable, was. I found two more non-viables as well. Along with that, there were a few more laid yesterday. One on the glass.

Hatching expected tomorrow.
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Looks great! Sell me some babies once they hatch!
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Update 25-Jun-2011

As expected, we have a hatch. Counted 21 fry guys at the moment. Some are in perfect photo op places...but...wife has my fav camera. DOH! I'll try to use her SLR and see how well it goes.

Found Ninja zoea in the tank too. Not sure how I missed that female. They aren't called ninja's for no reason.
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Sweet! Congrats on the frys. Good luck. Please put me on the waiting list too.

What do you feed Oto frys?
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Update 26-Jun-2011

Counted (20) fry today. Here's a couple shots for ya:


And how hard is it to spot them when they are under a leaf:


I'll start feeding the fry this evening. Now here's a minor problem...I go on holiday Wednesday for a week. Hopefully the sitter will be able to feed according to the directions. Shouldn't be too bad but will cross my fingers while I'm gone that I come back and all will be well.
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What do you feed Oto frys?
I take some Ken's Veggie Flakes and Sticks and grind them up into a very fine powder. I will mix a small amount of this with some tank water. Shake well and then pour out over the areas where the fry are.
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Last update for a week due to holiday. Counted (12) wigglers actively moving about. Haven't seen them swim in and out of the Subwassertang as yet but then again, they are only a couple days old.

Performed a water change on the tank and added a piece of zucchini. Hopefully all will be well upon my return.
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Update 29-Jun-2011

And a parting photo for you:

Starting to color up nicely:


I counted (13) fry guys just now. Fed the fry and lights are out. They are pretty much on their own for a week. I hope they will be able to find plenty of food in the tank. I did place a slice of zuc in there as well. Feeding is a bit complicated for the sitter and spotting fry could be a challenge. I may just have the sitter feed the powder food in a couple of days just in case.

Hope everyone has a safe 4th and we'll see you in a week. I'll probably still be monitoring while on holiday.
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I may just have the sitter feed the powder food in a couple of days just in case.
Hope the sitter isn't of the 'more is always better' philosophy.

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Back from holiday now. They are always soooo short. But this one was especially short but time well taken. Anyway, got home very late last night so really couldn't check on the tanks. I did go downstairs to turn off the tanks with the manual lights. Too tired to really examine them. I was very curious in the Vittatus tank and almost turned the light on to look.

Right as I was reaching for the switch on the timer, I saw a fry guy swim to the front of the tank. Using just the lighting in the room, I was able to scan around and found (3) wee ones on the glass. Very good sign. Will get a better look later this afternoon.

Another tank I noticed...Duckweed! This will tell you how fast it will grow. Before I left, I removed almost all of it from a 20long tank. When I checked last night, the entire tank was again covered from side to side. This in just a matter of a weeks time. Wowsers! Duckweed anyone?

I'm going to stop by to get some spring water for water changes today in the breeding tanks.
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Update 07-Jul-2011

Check of the tanks after holiday. All looks well. No casulties to report. Whew! Always nervous when I leave for an extended period of time.

Best part of all....I counted at least (15) fry swimming around. All looking nice and healthy. This is a very good sign as the fry didn't get their special food.

Now the tank on the other hand, it needs some help. I need to scrape the front glass and .... I found Hydra in the tank. Very odd I must say. Not sure how these guys wound up showing up. I won't be scrapping the tank anytime soon though with the fry in there so I'll just deal with it for now.

Water changes are going on as I type.

Here's a couple shots to get you by for now:


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Wow! Fantastic work! This is probably the best documented oto spawn I have read about. I would be more than interested in getting some of your fry also. Well done!
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Thanks. This has been a fun journey.
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post #60 of 266 (permalink) Old 07-09-2011, 04:47 PM
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I really enjoyed reading this. Interesting to know they do breed lol.

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