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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-06-2012, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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BKK gave birth and NO babies anywhere.

OK I put my BKK in the breeders box and a couple of days ago she was hugely berried, then yesterday I noticed she wasn't anymore, so thought OK start looking for baby BKKs...I figured they were going to be mostly black as all the eggs were black.

I searched that breeders box back to front and top to bottom with light and magnifier, and NO babies anywhere. They could not escape thru the grate as I have filter foam behind the grate and they would not get thru that too small holes.

So I am led to believe she may have had them during the night and made a snack of them, or they just didn't survive and she and the snail ate them up.

I have her back in the main tank now so hopefully she will get berried again soon. Still have the CWB and BB and Snow white to go yet, but I was sooooo looking forward to baby BKKs.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-06-2012, 10:13 PM
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woah... could they have escaped through the breeder box return flow (assuming its external)? ive had babys do that....

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Dropped eggz?
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Yay....I was just looking in the tank right now about to empty out the breeder box and saw something move....got the magnifier out and would you believe it....a tiny and I mean tiny blue panda....here I was looking for black shrimps and forgot that some of the BKK are born blue and then change to black.

If there is one, there could be more, so I put in an airstone and small moss ball and some earthworm powder for the baby/s to eat.
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No babies in the main tank? The babies could not have been eaten by her or the snail! Oh! Never mind! Congrats

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Where do you get your earthworm powder

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I bought a big bag of it at a fish auction. Don't know the make, no name on the bag, but I have fed it to my Tibee and CRS babies from birth and all are growing extremely well...didn't lose any of them. Great stuff.

I mix it with water from the tank, then squirt it in with a tiny syringe, not a lot at a time. I sometimes add gravidas to the mix and mix it well then squirt that in. Female berried shrimps like it too.
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Where do you get your earthworm powder
you can get it at walmart by the fishing stuff, usually near or with a foam box and worm bedding.
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Earthworm powder...interesting. Is this stuff clean to toss into a shrimp/fish tank?
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you can get it at walmart by the fishing stuff, usually near or with a foam box and worm bedding.
i thought that was earthworm food... for earthworm breeding..lol

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i thought that was earthworm food... for earthworm breeding..lol
it's the only "worm powder" i can think of... 12% crude protein, 1% fat 6% fiber.. consists of: grain products, plant protein products, animal protein products, grain by products, calcium carbonate and dicalcium phosphate...
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Not sure that's the same stuff as I have. Mine is a very fine powder, chocolate brown in color, no smell and nothing else added.
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True earthworm powder is 45-65% crude protein


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Congrats on hatching the babies :P
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Not sure that's the same stuff as I have. Mine is a very fine powder, chocolate brown in color, no smell and nothing else added.
The stuff i have is pale, tan.. dusty, finer than flour... no noticable smell.. the worms didnt seem to care for it much...
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