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    Haych
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    black orchid spawn

    Post by Haych on Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:42 am

    well - after MONTHS considering this I finally found the perfect pair and have decided to have a go at the breeding.

    I have set up the tank with no gravel, real plants, sponge filter and heater. It is currently full but I will lower the water after conditioning has been done.

    Male CT is Spikey -









    Turns out he is a DRCT which is good and looking at one of the dodgier pics he seems to have some red devil in his which matches the female perfectly!







    Full colours arent showing as I have just moved them both into the spawning tank. She is trapped in a tub floating against the top so she cant jump out.

    I will be feeding blood worm once a day and pellets once a day before breeding commences.

    I did set up the brine shrimp hatchery to condition them with newly hatched deshelled brine but my BRAND new pump packed up so I just lost my first try at BBS!

    The tank theyre in:



    Will keep you updated with LOTS of pics Very Happy

    Wish me luck!
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    Re: black orchid spawn

    Post by Nina on Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:50 am

    ooooo good luck haych , i spawned my drct black orchids coupla weeks ago , its amazing to watch , hope it goes ok Very Happy
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    Re: black orchid spawn

    Post by kel on Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:52 am

    looking good hun... hope all does well


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    Re: black orchid spawn

    Post by Haych on Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:02 am

    thanks guys Smile

    I watched your vid Angel but the way my female is I do not think my spawn will be as placid! lol

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    Post by Storm on Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:42 pm

    Goodluck with the spawn.


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    Re: black orchid spawn

    Post by Nina on Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:58 pm

    haych my ct is the boss in the soriety tank a proper bosy boots but went all placid when she got in with rocky! lol
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    Re: black orchid spawn

    Post by MandyD on Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:43 pm

    Oooh more Black CT's, lovely! Good luck. Very Happy
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    Re: black orchid spawn

    Post by Bettanut on Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:28 pm

    Goodluck! Hope you have plenty of room for when you have to seperate the males. If it's a big spawn, and most make it, your going to need way more tank space than that.

    I'm considering spawning my next pair, my breeding tank will be a 3footer. Thats so I don't have to move them on to another grow out tank.
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    Re: black orchid spawn

    Post by Haych on Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:48 am

    I have lots of seperate tubs for boys and a massive cupboard theyre going in individually - going to heat with a radiator and line the cupboard with styrofoam
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    Re: black orchid spawn

    Post by Bettanut on Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:10 am

    Oooh, sounds like a fish room to me. Remember lots of pics on the progress of your fish room.


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    Re: black orchid spawn

    Post by Haych on Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:02 am

    lol Will do Smile
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    Re: black orchid spawn

    Post by Haych on Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:31 am

    Well, tonight I fed them their nightly bloodworm and did Lucy (female CT) a huge water change as she is in a tub.

    After they had eaten and fresh water there was promptly more flaring on both sides and waggling from Lucy and breeding stripes appeared, so am just keeping an eye out for a bubble nest before I lower the water level
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    Re: black orchid spawn

    Post by Bettanut on Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:49 am

    Hope it goes well.

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    Post by Storm on Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:00 am

    How are things going hay Smile


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    Post by Haych on Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:58 am

    terrible Sad

    He refuses to blow a nest - she got miserable so I have had to put her back in the sorority where I have had to segrgate another black girl as they are literally ripping shreds out of each other!

    I lowered the water level, added TWO almond leaves and a polystyrene cup and nowt lol

    I have a white pair that i bought off Kelly who kev has renamed Bonnie and Clyde (was noktok - I have young children Shocked ) but he is recovering (well) from fin rot - even though his fins arent completely back do you think he would be ok to use?

    He is fully conditioned same as the CT pair as I feed them all bloodworm at the same time - and bubble nesting very well
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    Post by Haych on Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:38 am

    well - I did as kelly advised and used Clyde to build a nest and put Spikey in the tank instead once one has been established and he seemed to have taken to it.

    So I added Lucy to the coke bottle over night and left her to it too.

    This morning I let her out and this afternoon they were wrapping Very Happy

    They started around 3ish and are STILL at it now!

    Lucy had to show Spikey what to do - she has been putting the eggs in the nest and Spikey is either a muncher or just not got the hang of it. I think he ate a load at first - but every so often he will spit 20+ eggs out of his mouth and gather them again.

    Lucy appears to be the only one getting them in the nest lol

    I have pics and will let you know later what is going on and add piccies after I have been to see Kel

    The quality may be bad though as the battery died on the DSLR so I had to use the pants iPhone one lol
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    Post by Nina on Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:38 am

    awww haych im really chuffed they came good in the end Very Happy

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    Post by Storm on Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:11 am

    Great news hay Smile


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    Re: black orchid spawn

    Post by Haych on Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:20 am

    Mum is currently being fed in her own section but wants to go back into the sorority - but I am going to leave her to rest in a trap for the night.

    Dad is watching the nest - just sat underneath it bless him - he has suffered some damage to his belly but no fin damage to either party so i am well chuffed with that Very Happy

    Dodgy pics:















    Spawn started around 2pm and I took Lucy out around 6.30 Shocked

    Will Keep everyone updated Very Happy
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    Re: black orchid spawn

    Post by Nina on Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:28 am

    fab pics hun , hope they all hatch ok , good luck!!! angel smiles
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    Re: black orchid spawn

    Post by Chard56 on Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:33 am

    And to think I was going to tease you about them being too well fed to complete an embrace. I've had some that start a wrap and POP the female goes one way and the male goes the other. pig
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    Post by Haych on Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:44 am

    lol they ARE a little on the tubby side lol

    Took them ages to wrap properly - could tell it was their first time - I am well impressed with Lucy as she bubble nested, put the eggs in the nest and showed Spikey what to do - Kel said she will be a very good breeder as she is still eggy!
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    Re: black orchid spawn

    Post by MandyD on Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:46 am

    Wow fab pics!
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    Re: black orchid spawn

    Post by Haych on Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:34 am

    well - we had a bit of a crisis - dad wont tend the nest Sad

    The eggs were falling and he wasnt collecting them - the shrimp and BBN were eating them Sad

    kelly gave me some advice for if Spikey turned out to be a muncher was to pop a paper plate under the nest so if eggs did fall they didnt have far to go when they hatch - so I have popped a plate under the nest and added a coke bottle to hold the plate in place - Spikey is currently locked in the coke bottle making me feel very bad Sad

    I actually would have been better leaving Lucy to tend the nest Laughing

    He isnt a very good daddy - he wouldnt nest build I had to steal one and he wont put the eggs back Sad

    Looks like its all up to me - just hope I havent made a big mistake moving him Sad

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    Re: black orchid spawn

    Post by Storm on Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:38 am

    Its his first time hun, so he is bound to be all over the place. Goodluck mummy lmao.


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