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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-10-2006, 02:00 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Had a bad day - but this is a good hobby !

Boss ripped me a new one for something that is only partially my fault today. Projects are late, it's review time for those that report to me...

Wife called earlier, my oldest stepson was being a jerk, she's all frustrated ready to throw him out the day he turns 18...

Finally got home around 7:30, of course the trash needs to be taken out, kitchen counter is a mess, before I pop something in the microwave, gotta feed the fish while I am thinking about it...

Plants are looking horrible, at least the green water is gone now.

Wait, what's that on the drift wood?!?

Eggs! Ghost shrimp still has her eggs... Wait there's one of the rams I've had for two weeks now hovering over the clutch...

Life is good, This hobby can put a different perspective on the rest of the world real quick ! Doubt that the eggs are even fertilized, but at least I know that they are happy in my tank, I guess I must be doing something right.



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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-10-2006, 02:05 AM
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Congrats! Nice looking rams.

I know what you mean though. I have had a lot of bad days lately, but it always takes my mind off of it to step back and look at my tanks and how my fish and plants are doing.
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Thats the best felling when you find ram eggs but have never been able to raise them. Even without egg you can always get lost in the tank and forget every thing ells.
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What a perfect picture of the rams and eggs. Best of luck to you and hope that they raise the fry.
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They say a fish tank is relaxing (that's why they are in so many doctors/dentist's waiting rooms). Good to see Dr. Tank has done his job again. LOL
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congrats on the eggs, since there is a male in there, they where most likely fertilized, hopefully they with hatch for you, and survive, so you can have an even better day, lol

hope all is well, and good luck
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Well, as expected almost all of the eggs were gone by the time I got home from work today. I tried to suck up the few remaining eggs, but I think I only got 2-3 of them to the hatchery.

Maybe they will do better next time!

Oh well...

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I had a mating pair of Rams. They would lay eggs several times a year but none of them ever made it. You mentioned you have shrimp? They may be one of the egg stealers.


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Aquaphish,
Yes I do have 3 Amano's that I have never seen on that side of the tank. I also have 4 ghost shrimp which may be some of the culprits becuase they certainly love the snails that happen to get squished on the glass.

I just discounted that any other critters ate the eggs based on how the rams would chase EVERYBODY away from that area.

Maybe next time I will be a little more prepared and have another small tank setup that I can move the eggs to. I thought you were supposed to have 9 months to prepare for babies !

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They did it again !

I remember growing up my dog always seemed to know when you weren't feeling good, or you were sick, she always came over and you could tell she was sympathetic...

I think my fish may be the same way !

Got back after midnight last night from a 3 day trip from - well - LA.

Went to feed the fish tonight and the rams had spawned again !

Since someone in the tank ate most of the 1st batch of eggs, I immediately set up my 5g using water from the main tank and moved the driftwood over. I tried to get the male (just in case he hadn't done his part yet), but was only stressing out the fish and myself so I guess we will hope they are already fertilized.

Another good way to end the week; I love this hobby!
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Casadeskunk,

Good luck with the eggs!! Watch them closley for fungus!! The infertal ones will turn white and you must remove them or they will start getting fuzzy with fungus and it will spread to the good eggs! I can't remember right now the treatment for the eggs to keep fungus away, but surelly some one of the more experanced ones will chime in on that though!!

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Great story! Goodluck and we know you'll keep us posted.





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