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Tripple Red Cacatuoides laid eggs. New fry!! Need help on care

So my female cacatuoides laid eggs a few days ago. Noticed she was not swimming around as usual. When I looked in her cave, there she was....with tons of eggs! Now today I looked and noticed they had hatched and are now being kept in a tight group by her. I count approx 30. They're not yet free swimming but I know the first few days they survive off their egg sacks. So once they become free swimming in a few days, what do I do?? I have Hikari baby brine shrimp ready to go, but what else do I feed? Is there anything I can do to make sure they stay safe? The male is guarding the territory and the female seems to not be aggressive towards him. I have a sponge over the intake and the male seems to be keeping all the other fish far away from the nest. Any input on care would be appreciated!
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Good luck with it. Mine are on their second batch, I noticed them laying the other night.. My girl wont lay in the pot but on the back of it.
The first batch was a fail, this second one was much larger, and today the eggs where gone, so I hope they are wrigglers as she is guarding this one spot behind a plant right where I can not see.

If your baby's do live, get freshly hatched brine shrimp for food, and perhaps some cyclops ease (at least that's what I think its called)

any small small live food will be good for them
If this is their first time laying, it may take them several times to get it down right.

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Thanks! Yeah I know the first batch isn't always the best. At least it was that way with my rams. At least I know that the conditions are right for her to lay again if this batch fails. And what is cyclops ease? Is it a powdered food for fry?
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Hi Trigger,

First suggestion, pick up a good supply of Brine Shrimp eggs and start hatching them. I typically go through the 1.75 oz container of Premium Grade eggs from Brine Shrimp Direct for every spawn I raise.


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Hmmm. Well I do have eggs. Not sure what grade they are. I might start up a batch today. So I should just continually just keep hatching brine shrimp for the best results?
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Hi Sam,

It doesn't matter what grade, the better grades give higher hatch rates. I start a new batch of brine shrimp eggs about every 18 hours and feed 2-3 times per day; I like to have brine shrimp ready to feed as soon as they are free-swimming. I used to buy those little vials of brine shrimp eggs at the LFS but they only contained 6 grams, weren't necessarily fresh, and eggs and were expensive.

BTW that is a good looking male and a nice shot of the fry!

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Thanks Roy! Im setting ip my brine shrimp hatchery now. Do you feed strictly BBS or do you alternate with other foods once they are free swimming? I have the hikari frozen BBS as a backup? Will they take to those or not eat them? As much as I wanted them to breed, this totally caught me off guard. The male had only been in the tank a week before I saw eggs!
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Hi Sam,

When feeding fry live BBS is by far my first choice. However regular feedings are important so if my live BBS isn't ready I feed Hikari First Bites and frozen BBS. Live BBS live several hours in my tanks but when feeding Hikari First Bites or frozen I feed less quantity so I don't pollute the tank.


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Ok thanks Roy! Will keep this thread updated to how this all turns out
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Better shot of the female with her 3 day old wigglers. Should be free swimming soon!
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