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#1 Harlequins

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 10:13 PM

I have 10 pygmys in a 30l tank with live plants,temp 24 degrees,now the intention is to breed them...

But after the first few days they seem to have taken hiding out amongst the plants instead of shoaling :unsure:

They get fed bbs & mini granules but don't seem keen to come out of hiding...any ideas anyone please.

Also whats the best way to start them breeding? ,is cold w/c the only way to go??

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#2 lilacamy931

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 09:04 PM

Well I heard news that they may have bred by now? ;) Perhaps they were just getting used to the new tank hon and making plans of eggs :lol:

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 09:44 PM

:lol: thanks hun :)

Yep i can now say my pygmys have spawned :hyper: Saved 3 eggs ,lost a 4th :rolleyes: ,so fingers crossed they hatch ok.

I don't think they'll be impressed if i take the tank apart looking for eggs :lol:

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 09:45 PM

This is the start to pygmy egg epidemic I reckon! :good: Cant wait to hear if they hatch!!

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 09:55 PM

I so hope they will hatch :) How long did your eggs take to hatch?

:hyper: Oooo just checked pygmys,they're very active again...

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 07:29 AM

They took about 3 days if i recall! Though most the time I found the fry instead on the bottom of the tank xxx

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 04:22 PM

Hi Harlequins :)

You got eggs pretty fast with them. I'll be eagerly watching their progress. :D

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 08:03 PM

Thanks Amy & inchworm :)

Update- found a further 25 ish eggs,lost a few more in the tank,think there may be more in there,the eggs were appearing everywhere!!! :hyper:

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 09:57 PM

Heres a pic the eggs :)

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 01:05 AM

congrats babe, i love pygmys xxx

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 01:51 AM

harlequins u never dissapoint!! its not a surprise u didnt breed these ones. u should call the guiness world record place and tell them all this.you will be a shoe in for the 2011 book!!

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 08:46 AM

So harlequins what did you do to get them to breed?
Good luck with the hatching and raising i just love the little pygmys

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 10:47 AM

Thanks all :)

Well thought i made a mistake in moving them from the main tank,because they kept hiding in the smaller tank,but just goes to show...

Floyds mum-I didn't do anything special to start them,i gave them a 10% cold w/c and fed them on bbs and came home to eggs a few days later :nod:

Even i'm surprised :lol:

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 12:09 PM

Excellent, Harlequins :thumbs: It just goes to show that when they are ready they will spawn. :)

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 12:45 PM

Thanks inchworm :)

Now the hard part of awaiting any hatching and rearing :crazy: :nod:

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 10:44 PM

Oh cant wait for wonderful pygmy babies, well done hon x

#17 Harlequins

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 10:47 AM

I have pygmy fry :hyper:

4 have hatched so far,so tiny :hyper: ,here's a quick pic of the 4 i've separated

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 06:37 PM

:wub: they are gorgeous, congrats!!!!!

#19 Harlequins

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 09:59 PM

Thanks Amy :)

Had a few more hatch also

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 09:12 PM

Update - little pygmy fry seem to be doing good :) there's around 25 hatched and several zipping around the parent tank :)

And they've spawned again,spotted 6 new eggs :good:

Aparently the adults don't eat the eggs or fry... :unsure: so i thought i'd see how the next batch fair in the tank...

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 01:35 PM

Here's pics of pygmy fry, i'm amazed how fast they have grown in a few days :hyper:

spotted one of the fry in main tank so grab the camera :lol:
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Here's the 17 during a net clean :)

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 08:48 PM

I LOVVVVE the close up! That is an amazing shot! How on earth did the camera even begin to focus on a baby pygmy?

#23 Harlequins

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 10:24 PM

I have found 7 fry in the parent tank,so decided to move these across to the fry tank,they seem to be growing well and just over a week old,with a few younger ones maybe 3 days old :)

From mere dots they now look like this in a week

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 09:07 AM

Pygmy fry appear to be doing ok :)

Heres's 2 pics of the pygmy fry that came out of hiding :)

Pygmy fry in fry tank
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Pygmy fry in adult tank- this wee one keeps avoiding capture :lol:
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Posted 13 April 2010 - 10:10 PM

Just an update - more new fry zipping around the parent tank ,and more eggs spotted :)

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 12:47 PM

Well the pygmys are continuing to spawn :good: ,the habrosus look quite frisky too! :hyper:

I did have 2 trilineaus juvi's in with them,but the fry that were in there seem to be disappearing,so maybe the juvi's are eating them... :unsure:
The adults don't appear to touch the eggs or fry,i was watching them for ages and the fry were by them and they didn't attempt to touch them... :rolleyes:
So i have put the juvi's in the main tank to grow a bit more.

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 09:39 AM

Update on the breeding :)

Here's a few spotted in the pygmy tank hiding away,and an older pygmy fry,probably around 4 wks old now
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The other day i done a bottom clean on the pygmy tank,i was very careful not to suck up any fry,although i did use a tub and airline to do it,on checking the water for any frylets,i found one and also spotted eggs in there :hyper: 16 of them in total,so i put these in a separate net,they hatched the following day :wub:
Here's pics of 11 of them,i'm sure the habrosus are spawning also,has few of the fry haven't got the noticeable stripes on them,some are smaller with a thin stripe going down the spine...
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Posted 28 April 2010 - 02:23 AM

LOVIN the pics! But what are you keeping the fry in? It looks like a jar from the pictures. Is it a fish bowl?

#29 Harlequins

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 09:10 AM

The fry went into the main tank with the adults,they were in a yogurt pot,has they had just hatched from the net,so i transferred them after :)

Pygmy cory are reported that they don't eat their fry...but i have my doubts... :unsure:

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 11:28 AM

Well after checking the tank again i think the adult pygmys are eating the fry,has they seem to have been disappearing,so i am trying to save any tiny fry has they hatch.
I've got 7 in a net at the moment,when they grow a bit i will put them back in with the adults,there are 4 juvi's in there now,that were brought on in the tri fry tank. :)




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