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post #91 of 99 (permalink) Old 04-21-2013, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by marko d View Post
Beautiful rams everyone (:

I have a question concerning a bully male GBR in my 20Long. I have a male and female, who have spawned once. They ate the eggs after a couple of days. Since then the male seems to have become more territorial over the whole tank. He never used to scare off the White Clouds, but now he will. He is also chasing around the female, maybe 30% of the time when I go to the tank. I haven't seen him really nipping at her (fins are 100%), more of just chasing until she can get out of line of sight.

At what point does this become a problem?
This only becomes a problem when your other fish start to be harassed to death. He maybe just preparing for the new spawn and trying to coax the female into laying a new batch of eggs.

I have removed my mated pair from my 90g and placed them in a 15g to breed which they did. Well to be honest they always spawned but I always lost the free swimming fry within 2 or so days. I believed the issue was feeding and then predation by other tank inhabitants. Well they have spawned again and my fry have been free swimming for a week, it's looking promising. I have been feeding them a diet of Baby brine shrimp.
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post #92 of 99 (permalink) Old 05-20-2013, 01:58 AM
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Some more really interesting spawning behavior from my GBRs...

The male won't let the female anywhere near the eggs. They have been going at it since they were laid. Every time she approaches the area he chases her off, and she even fights back! Both their fins are looking a little nipped. Nothing crazy, but a few splits in them.

Anyone else ever seen anything like this?
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post #93 of 99 (permalink) Old 05-20-2013, 02:34 AM
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In my experience, it might take several spawns for them to get together and work as a team. Then they tag team look'n out for the eggs and then fry. My male gets pissed off every time I take the eggs to hatch in my nursery tank and he kinda takes it out on momma!!
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post #94 of 99 (permalink) Old 05-20-2013, 02:58 AM
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Nice, love them all.
Just got 2 more Friday. I lucked out and managed to get 2 females at Petsmart, for 5 bucks (2 for five bucks!). And my male just loves them, just as much as I do...
Maybe more. Super stoked! I'll take pic's later. Love this thread!


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post #95 of 99 (permalink) Old 05-20-2013, 03:08 AM
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GBR Breeding nub here, with question:

So I have a couple of GBRs that have paired, and have cleaned out a little area of my 29g to breed it seems. They protect that area aggressively, although I haven't seen any eggs yet, but because of the way they behave I expect to see some very soon.

Aside from that pair, there is one other male GBR in the tank who sometimes gets into little turf wars with the breeding pair. I have considered either moving the pair, or moving the lone male - into a 10g to make the breeding pair more comfortable.

Good idea? If so, which do I move? The pair, or the lone guy?

(side note: there are some cardinals, checker barbs, bloodfin tetras, guppy in the 29g as well. the 10g is a totally fishless planted tank. also note: both my 29g and 10g have the same water parameters).

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post #96 of 99 (permalink) Old 05-20-2013, 03:29 AM
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Move the lone male. Don't stress the pair. So do I understand then they will be alone in a 29gal? You know the real challenge with these fish is not getting them to spawn but keeping the fry alive!! They're so damn small and hard to have what they WILL eat. By the way I just discovered that a pair in my grow out tank spawned again. Not the best to have interbreeding but they pair up easily.
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post #97 of 99 (permalink) Old 05-20-2013, 03:34 AM
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Ok. That's why I remove the eggs. It's the community fish that will eat your fry. So chose your poisin.
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post #98 of 99 (permalink) Old 05-20-2013, 03:49 AM
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It's odd because they were working as a team at first. But the eggs have disappeared each time after a couple of days (4th spawn). I wonder if the female is eating them and the male knows that, so he is keeping her as far from them as possible? There are 10 White Clouds in there as well, though. I never see them that low in the tank, or that corner in particular. This is also the first time the eggs have gone white, instead of just translucent.

Interesting behavior to observe. Especially seeing the female giving the male as much gruff as he is to her! She's a little more beat up though, poor girl!
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White eggs are not fertilized so they will eat those
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