For several weeks Gaïa wanted to reposition the rock on which MARSI rested... So she pushed it here and there. However several times the rock landed upside down with the Anemone below... Eventually MARSI got fataly injured... Since this is a breeding tank and not a showcase we decided to wait before getting another one. For now we will concentrate on feeding conditions for the fry so as to not see them die of starvation after 48 hours. In our opinion the diffusers with a very fine mist produced too much agitation at the surface preventing micro-plankton to feed at the surface. There needs to be areas where a micro fauna can develop: the more varied the better seems logical. Newborn Fry apparently prefer LIVE food. So we are going to test this first approach.
We first installed the old reusable plastic diffusers that clear a certain area of biofilm allowing gas exchange at the surface. Then we established conditions to maximize the production of 'Pods (three types): one of which is very small and free swimming. Those are the ones seen returning to the surface to feed. There is so much Zooplankton that the tank's water is slightly troubled much like a colony of Rotifers would look like...
With a tank full of - stars - ... something wonderful might happen. Who knows...
To the left: two visible species of 'Pods... To the right: nearly invisible swimming 'Pods
ADDENDUM No 1
For the past few days the spawn went through it's usual color changes. This morning more than half the spawn have turned into shining diamonds... The eggs should hatch within 24/36 hours. Not a single egg shows fungal attack thanks to Pixys who constantly washes them in his mouth. Gaïa does an occasional sweeping with her huge fins.
ADDENDUM No 2
the Easy Part
Any Aquarist will be successful the first 48/72 hours... Until the fry have absorbed their yolk sack. You can easily see the larger specimens here... the smaller ones require a trained eye... for the rest I'll leave it up to you. Between the minuxcule air bubbles and the Zooplankton it is hard to distinguish. The real test is coming up: will they feed and on what ?
Please Stay Tuned.