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04-10-2011, 08:38 PM
Breeding Journal DataSheet

This first post should be updated regularly to include new information as events take place
or changes are made to your system

Species: Amphiprion Ocellaris
Social Structure: Mated Pair
Size of Individuals: male-3inches, female-4inches
Age of Individuals: ~2 years
Date added to Tank: feburary 2009

Broodstock Tank Details
Size of Tank: 65 gallon half round 35inch diameter.
Substrate Details: caribsea arag-alive hawaiian black
Filtration Details: refugium, special kitty kitty litter, mineral mud, live sand, live rock, g1 skimmer,mag 12 pump
Water Changes: 25 gallons biweekly
Water Temperature: 80 degrees F
Lighting: Aquailluminations LED SOL 75% even
Lighting Cycle: 11am ramp up for 40 minutes, 7 ramp down for 30 minutes 90% chance of thunderstorms twice a day
Other Tank Inhabitants: 4 inch Kole tang, 2 inch Six line wrasse, snails hermits, mixed reef

Broodstock Feeding Details
Food Types: pellet, flake, frozen.
Feeding Schedule: 11 am, 4 pm, 7pm

Spawning Details
Date of First Spawn: 10/16/10. current spawn ~ 3/31/11
Spawn Time of Day: afternoon
Dates of Consecutive Spawns: every 13 days.
Courtship Details: male and female very close, never very far apart. stay close to anenome. both clean off nest site. male cares for eggs.
Egg Size: 1mm
Egg Color: orange
Egg Count: 150-200

Hatch Details
Hatch Date: 4/8/2011
Hatch Time of Day: night
# Days after Spawn: 8 days
Larvae Description: first that hatched on 4/8 had yolk sac present, those that hatched on the 9th and 10th no yolk sac present.

Larval Tank Details
Temperature: 80.5 F
Size of Larval Tank: 30 gallon filled with 10 gallons of water
Substrate Details: bare bottom
Other Tank Decor: heater, air stone, thermometer
Filtration Details: none- water changes til fry are big enough to handle more flow
Lighting: 24 inch compact flouresents
Lighting Cycle: 9:30 am - 10 pm
Water Changes: 50% water change bi-weekly
Larval Feeding Details
Food Types: Otohime A and B1
Feeding Schedule: fed twice a day, Otohime A, Top Dressed Otohime B1
Date of Settlement Start: 4/18/11
Days after Hatch: 10 days
Date of Settlement End: 4/21/11
Description of Fry: dark brownish black with white head stripe, a bit of orange starting near the head

Grow-Out Tank Details
Temperature: 78.6
Size of Grow-Out Tank:40 x 12 x 12
Substrate Details: bare bottom
Other Tank Decor: few rocks
Filtration Details: skilter 250
Lighting: room lighting, gets additional light from another tank next to it.
Lighting Cycle: on at 10:30 am, off at 10:30pm
Water Changes: once a week
Size at Transfer: 3/4 inch
Age at Transfer: 79 days

Grow-Out Feeding Details
Food Types: Top Dressed Otohime C1 and New Life Spectrum Thera +A
Feeding Schedule: three times a day

Additional Information
Miscellaneous Information: set up through the MBI.

04-10-2011, 09:11 PM
Here's a picture of the broodstock

Here's a picture of the egg clutch after first night of hatching

Here's pictures of the clown fry on the second night of hatching

Here's a picture of my greenwater. this is my first time useing greenwater so I don't know if I have too much, or too little rotigreen in the water. Any tips is appriciated.

the first night of hatching only two fry hatched out. on the second night there were about 50 or 60 swimming around. there were some eggs that turned white and died and there were still some that were clear and looked normal so i left the rock in the tank for another night. the third night the rest of the clear eggs hatched and were fine. i removed the rock with the dead eggs this morning. i really can't count the fry to see how many there are exactly, but i'm guessing around 80.

04-11-2011, 12:26 PM
So when are all these pictures from? Is this the first hatch you've set out to collect? How did you get 'em out of the tank?

04-11-2011, 01:21 PM
Following along! I love these breeding journals!! Who doesn't love some baby clown fish!

04-11-2011, 01:24 PM
BTW, to answer your greenwater question - if the babies are collecting on the sides or bottom, you probably need to tint the water more. I'm guessing you're maybe a touch on the light side based solely on what I can see in the picture.

04-11-2011, 02:18 PM
The pictures are from the current hatch. This is the second batch I tried to raise. The first batch only 5 hatched and didn't make it past day 3.
I was able to easily take the rock with the eggs out of the display tank and transport them home to my larval tank on Thursday. Two hatched that night. The eggs usually hatch 8 days post deposit, which was Friday, so I was surprised to see the two Friday morning. half of the rest remaining hatched Friday night and the other half Saturday night.
All the Fry are swimming around near the middle of the tank and the top.
So far everything is going great.

04-12-2011, 03:52 PM
Here's a video of the baby fishes.
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04-12-2011, 09:23 PM
BTW, to answer your greenwater question - if the babies are collecting on the sides or bottom, you probably need to tint the water more. I'm guessing you're maybe a touch on the light side based solely on what I can see in the picture.

I agree with Matt on this. It's my belief that getting it right is more of an art than a science. At least for me. :) Ideally, you don't want to be able to see the bottom of the tank while looking down.

Preuss Pets
04-12-2011, 10:17 PM
Looking good!

04-15-2011, 03:39 PM
Babies are 6 days old. I harvested my rotifers on Tuesday and brought them to work with me and used them for coral food. With the water I used to refill my culture bucket my son had dropped his sippy cup into it. I thought nothing of it. I accidentally left my small bottle of Rotigrow+ out on the counter while I was at work. I assumed it would still be ok to use it maybe just not so much. Well I went to feed the babies this morning and there is hardly any rotifers in my bucket and it stinks. :( My culture crashed. So my fish fry have been taken off rotifers earlier than I wanted and are being fed Otohime A. They seemed to take right to it this morning.

04-18-2011, 04:41 PM
Just did my first water change. Took out 3 gallons and replaced with 5 gallons 1.024 salinity. Temp dropped to 77.8. I did suck up one fish but he was promptly scooped out of the bucket and put back into the tank with all his brothers. :)
It is now day 5 on the Otohime A diet and they all doing just great.

Corvette Reefer
04-18-2011, 08:01 PM
nice fishiessss! hahah aww so smallll

04-20-2011, 09:11 PM
My clowns haved reached metamorphasis, the stage when they go from larval fish to juvenile fish. To my understanding you can tell when they enter metamorphasis they start to show swimming movements like that of a normal adult clownfish.
Here is a video that I took on monday. Still trying to figure some things out with the corel video studio. But I think it's good for now.
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At the end of meamorphasis they start to show their striping. Then they go into settlement.
Here is a picture I took just a little while ago.

This one here has a very faint belly stripe also.

Even though this is my second time raising clownfish it is still so exciting!!

04-22-2011, 11:03 AM
Just did another 50% water change. Temp is at 76.3 Salinity is at 1.025. I don't know what the ph is as I do not have a test kit. I syphoned all the extra food and poo off the bottom of the tank so now it's nice and clean.
More and more of the fry are getting their head stripe. They're so cute already. going to try to get an official count on how many are in there later today.

Stay tuned for the next update.

04-22-2011, 04:49 PM
Very Cool!! - Good luck

Chelle's Ocean
04-23-2011, 08:55 AM
Congrats on the journal :)

Nice video. Following along as well :)

Your brood pair is very nice looking :)

04-23-2011, 10:29 AM
Thanks. I tried to get an offical count and it was very hard. I keep getting around 68 to 70.

Chelle's Ocean
04-23-2011, 04:04 PM
Even though this is my second time raising clownfish it is still so exciting!!

Totally agree! Very exciting - I look forward to it each time :)

04-23-2011, 08:28 PM
some of the babies are turning orange around their face and bellies. Now they look even more cute! I'll take some pictures tomorrow.

Chelle's Ocean
04-23-2011, 09:26 PM
Great job :)

Happy Easter to everyone and the fishies!

04-24-2011, 08:27 AM
Following along with ya. I just woke up this morning like a kid on Christmas day. I just had my first set of babies hatch. Only a quarter of the clutch hatched and hopefully the rest will follow suit tonight. This is pretty exciting, hopefully I too will have success. My pair is on it's 5th set. Having hatched on the 7th day.

04-24-2011, 04:21 PM
Congrats Mike. You have Ocellaris babies too? if the eggs are still clear and silvery they most likley will hatch tonight. I could stand and watch them all day if I had the free time. Make up a Journal and keep us all posted.

Chelle's Ocean
04-24-2011, 06:27 PM
:) Hey Mike- congrats to you as well !

04-25-2011, 02:25 PM

04-29-2011, 04:29 PM
Did another 50% water change this morning ( and did not suck up any fish). When your airstone functions as a skimmer you know it's time for a water change.

05-04-2011, 11:22 PM
Fishies are doing great! some of them have a tail stripe starting. I have pictures that I will try to post up tomorrow.
Need to do another water change.
Offered cyclopeeze today and they ate it up like there was no tomorrow!
So they are now being fed a combination of TDO B1 and cyclopeeze.

05-10-2011, 06:11 PM
Well, I guess tomorrow has come and gone a few times. Sorry for posting the pics a bit late, I've been very busy lately.
Hope you enjoy.

this one was from a few weeks ago, just wanted to show how small they were. Those are my fingers off to the left side, I was trying to herd them all in one spot. I counted 58 in this photo. There were about 5 more that out of frame.

All these pictures are from last week.

I don't know what happened last week, but I lost 7 of the babies. They would be fine one day then the next they would have white spots on thier face and around their eyes. They would lay at the bottom of the tank, barely swimming, breathing heavy, not eating. By the third day they would die. Yesterday and Today I haven't lost any and I am keeping my fingers crossed. My salinity levels were a bit high from evaporation, the only other thing I changed was their diet. I starting feeding cyclopeeze. I don't think either of these would have been the fault.

06-06-2011, 09:46 AM
Fish are still doing great! My husband took a wonderful top down picture of the babies for me and we finally got to count how many were in there. Had a total of 49. Tomorrow they will be 60 days post hatch. They are around 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch long with all their stripes.


They are still being fed the TDO C1 and cyclopeeze. I tried to feed small mysis, and they were still too big. I didn't have brine shrimp in the freezer to try those, i'll have to run up to the stroe and pick some up.

06-07-2011, 03:04 PM
60 days post hatch!!!!

06-21-2011, 11:35 AM
NOW the babies are 60 DAYS POST SETTLEMENT!!! Hurray!

06-26-2011, 12:43 PM
I moved the babies to their grow out tank today to make room for my new banggais and perculas. I will update the data sheet when I get a chance.

06-27-2011, 08:08 AM
Following and learning! I hope my pair lay eggs some day.

07-09-2011, 03:06 PM
Ocellaris are now eating New Life Spectrum Thera + A

Chelle's Ocean
07-17-2011, 03:43 PM
:) Congrats on this successful batch :)

How are the banggai's and perculas doing?

07-17-2011, 04:22 PM
What a wonderful adventure!! Thank you for sharing FlynnFish! I feel like a proud aunty lol You've done an awesome job on this journal, making me feel as if I'm actually there watching them grow and thrive :highfive3:

07-17-2011, 08:42 PM
banggais are doing ok, and the percs are going strong, I'll post in those journals when i get the chance.

Chelle's Ocean
07-18-2011, 07:04 PM
Cool - can't wait to read them :)

08-13-2011, 07:24 PM
Ocellaris babies are doing awesome!! they are growing everyday. I'll be taking a handfull up to the swap tomorrow and what i dont sell there that are big enough will go over to Reef Solutions.


08-13-2011, 09:53 PM
awwww I wish I could buy one :( just to say I've got one of FlynnFish's fishes would be sooooo coool~lol~good luck at the swap and what beautiful clowns!!!

08-15-2011, 12:12 PM
Well I sold 6 clowns at the swap, Thank you to those who bought some of my fish, I hope you enjoy them. Shminksbro came up to me and told me that Reef Paradise would be interested in what I had left after the swap, so After the swap we went up there and traded my leftover fish for some sweet looking blastos, acans, favia and zoos. I still have more that I will be taking up to my store on Tuesday.

02-07-2012, 08:33 PM
wow, it's been a long time since I posted in this thread. Well.... The fish have been moved to my house and are in my breeding system and doing well. After gettting used to their new tank and put on a specialized diet they laid eggs on January 18th and on the 29th. the first batch hatched out well and they are in a 5 gallon bucket with a heater and an air stone. the second batch hatched out last night and are doing great.