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Wohoo, Cherries are successfully breeding!

Well, after I killed everything in my tank with a solenoid failure, and given that I planned on tearing the tank down in a few months anyway, I bought a bunch of cherries in hopes that I could get them breeding. There's been a number of females carrying eggs but nothing had ever materialized. As well, they're quite secretive so I'd assumed all but a couple had died.

I've really done nothing unusual, I've kept the same fertilization routine, am using the same CO2 levels as before. In fact I was sitting here waiting for a water change to complete pondering what fish to add since they hadn't bred in two months and a the water change pushed 1/2 dozen 1/8 inchers out into the open.

My water is moderately hard, has a pH of 8.2 out of the tap, 7.0 w/ CO2. I haven't even fed them or anything, they've survived exclusively on algae. I guess there's a possiblity that they're munching on the plentiful MTS eggs. The algae is of the hard green spot type as well as some hair algae that I've been battling lately.

Anyway, I'm very happy, I've now seen over a dozen little fellas while typing this email! Oh...and there's four very pregnant females as well!
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Congrats!! Isn't it exciting when you first see the babies?! I love that part.

Someone on here asked when do cherries start breeding and someone answered "As soon as you stop caring". That seems to be about right.

BTW, they'll all looooove that hair algae you have in there. They cleared my tank of a bad infestation of it and it didn't take them long.

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BTW, they'll all looooove that hair algae you have in there. They cleared my tank of a bad infestation of it and it didn't take them long.
Good because my 20 gal is being tank over from hair algae.


Also congrats on the new found baby cherries.
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Can you describe the solonoid failure?
I have heard of this from time to time.
I thought most aquatic solonoids turn off CO2 i.e. close, with no power.
Or did that happen and the pH rose dramatically whil eyou were on holiday or something?
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Congratulations!

Been watching 2 females of mine too, really cool.

First I could see the eggs traveling down on their bodies (didn't know what it was at first and got really worried when their backs got white)

Then I could see them holding/fanning eggs

Now those eggs are pinkish red and bigger so maybe I'll have babies soon. Now hopefully I can get the CRS to do the same thing!

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Haha, these cherries have 130 gallons to work through!
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130 gallons with hair algae? Oh, man! They're gonna' be there a while. But atleast you won't have to feed them.

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Well, its not the whole 130 gallon, but there's a lot more than I'd like!
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