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    Default When do they get it right?

    My pair has been laying eggs 4 times now. Each time eggs hatch, but never have seen them attach to parents to feed. Then within 2 days all the fry are eaten. Will they ever get it right? They’re in a 55 gallon by themselves. I can put them in a 20 gallon, or use a tank divider in the 55 gallon. What do you think?

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    Default Re: When do they get it right?

    Hang in there...I've had pairs take more than a dozen tries to get each step of the process right...fertilizing the eggs, guarding the eggs and not eating them and then letting the wigglers attach.

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    Default Re: When do they get it right?

    Thanks. Do you think putting them in a 20 gallon or using a tank divider in the 55 would help?

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    Default Re: When do they get it right?

    I just got wigglers from a pair (trio) that have spawned at least 10 times since I got them. My other pair is in the same tank with a divider in place to separate them from the other fish. They killed a 5" red panda the 1st time they had wigglers, argh. They get to wigglers everytime now but then eat them. The last spawn they had wigglers into the 3rd day after hatching then ate them. They spawned yesterday and for the 1st were ferociously guarding the eggs during my wc today. Hopeful, but they are heart breakers for sure.
    If your pair is alone (unpressured by other fish) I don't see how moving them to a 20gal or putting the divider in would help. But my disclaimer is I do not know for sure as I am new to this also.
    Al suggested to Liz covering the tank completely on all sides. He had to do that with 1 of his pairs so they would get it done right. I guess leaving the top uncovered so they had some light...
    It is a frustrating wait though. I feel you...

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    Default Re: When do they get it right?

    In my opinion, putting them in a 20 (this is the size I use) or dividing the 55 is the way to go. If left alone in the 55, the free swimmers could get lost...I've seen that happen too.

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    Default Re: When do they get it right?

    They just laid eggs tonight. I’ll see what happens with the fry when they hatch.

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