Wanna share any tips on breeding the GBR?
I knew the pic was a tank full of juvis right away!
More then 1/2 of my pairs end up with male tending eggs and fry.
Only 2-3 pairs can stay together with fry,and even then only for so long?1 week free swimming,and they need to be separated.
I don't mind givng some tips, I'm probably better at fish relationships since they're easier to figure out then women. Hah
It sounds like you're past the point of getting eggs or getting them to hatch so i'll skip anything about eggs or conditioning.
There is actually two ways of raising fry. With and without parents. I've done it both ways. Leaving the parents in to raise them is certainly more rewarding though.
I'm currently in the same situation you speak of. My female has lost interest and the male alone is the sole guardian of the free swimming fry. I have left the female in the tank, for now. In the past, my pairs have usually figured it out on their own. It usually takes around 7 spawns before they have it figured out to the point where they co-parent to get the fry to a decent size. This pair is on their 3rd so they are still beating my expectations with free swimming fry despite the female quitting.
A couple of things that have helped me in the past are:
- Ottos or Endlers have worked great in the past because they pose little threat to the fry. Working against a common enemy seems to strengthen the parents bond. Usually one parent takes majority of the fry tending while the other guards and chases the dither fish.
Removing other Rams
- It seems that even though Rams form pairs they can get distracted by other Rams. I haven't really seen any bonds broken but 3rd wheel fish often display and vie for attention of one of my pairs. This flirting seems to weaken bond pairs. (This may be where I went wrong this spawn)
Leaving Lights On
- For some reason I've had much more luck when I leave a light on in the tank. It almost seems like if the lights go off, the fry are out of sight and out of mind and the parents don't pick their role back up. I dim the lights back considerably to prevent excess algae. Moon lights don't cut it for me, it has to be a bit brighter.
Slow the flow
- Any flow seems to kill my parents will. Any flow breaks up the fry cloud because they aren't strong enough to swim against currents. The work of keeping the fry together tends to be too much. I've had the most luck when I turn off the filters for the first week or so and add an aerator. The downside is that I have to do daily water changes. (I haven't done this yet and it may be my undoing on this spawn. My fry are getting blown all over the tank even though the flow is weak.)
- If the parents give up, the fry have no security blanket and are doomed. Any fish that is a threat to eat them must be removed including parents if you want them to have a chance.
It can wreak a bit of havoc on a planted tank for a few weeks if you're trying to raise fry. They don't necessarily go hand in hand but I've never had a tank not bounce back from a few weeks of raising fry.
I have in the past gotten impatient waiting for pairs to figure it out. I've had great success removing eggs and raising 90-95% of the eggs to juveniles. I have had zero success trying to remove fry once they are hatched or free swimming. Siphoning seems too much of a shock to newly hatched fish. Plus, any change in water quality just shocks them to death. The method I use when I remove them is a whole other topic. I'm more then happy to share about raising fry with/out parents if you'd like but I think I have covered what you're looking for.