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CLOWNFISH BREEDING ATTEMPT(S)
&
EGG & LARVAE DEVELOPMENT
Of Amphiprion ocellaris ( False Percula Clownfish )
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Photo by Charles Raabe   Photo by Charles Raabe
Two days after the previous eggs have hatched, the adults are busy preparing to spawn again.

Photo by Charles Raabe   Photo by Charles Raabe
It took some patience on my part to catch them in the act of spawning, just prior to lights off.


A 2mb MOVIE OF CLOWNFISH SPAWNING (click here to view)

Day one of tile placement

  A piece of ceramic tile is used for the clownfish to lay their eggs upon which can then be removed from the main tank to have the fry hatch out in their own grow out tank.  Note that the tile is placed clay side up as the fish will not use the smooth, white glazed surface to breed upon.  I assume that the clay side presents a more natural texture and coloration that the fish seem to prefer. 


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Egg Mass at One day old and Two days old

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Two day old egg/larvae, note the eyes starting to form

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This day shows very rapid development of the larval fry

Photo by Charles Raabe   Photo by Charles Raabe
Day four and the fry is now actively moving as if trying to swim

Photo by Charles Raabe   Photo by Charles Raabe
Organs appear to be developing at a rapid rate and the eyes appear to be complete

HATCHED OUT

Photo by Charles Raabe   Photo by Charles Raabe
Day one after hatching out, uncontrolled swimming and does not appear to be eating yet.

Photo by Charles Raabe   Photo by Charles Raabe
Day Two - Gill plates and fins are evident, no sign of injested food that I can see and assume the yolk sac is still providing for its needs.

Photo by Charles Raabe   Photo by Charles Raabe
Actively hunting and consuming Cyclopoida Naupalii and Rotifers, acting very much like a fish now.

First Foods
 
S-Type Rotifers and a Rotifer Culture Station


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