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    Default Re: Eeeek. I was not prepared for this....

    OMG, OMG, OMG! I have wrigglers!!!!!
    I'm so excited, I have a confirmed pair!
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    congratulations!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoveltrash View Post
    congratulations!!!!
    I'm too excited to sleep now. At least I do not have classes again until Friday. lol
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    Congrats OC, so exciting for you Time to learn about hatching BBS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Hand Pat View Post
    Congrats OC, so exciting for you Time to learn about hatching BBS.
    Yup, I read mmorris and David Rose's posts on hatching BBS but it looks like such a PITA. I have frozen BBS from all the apisto fry I raised. Is that not good enough? Would fry not survive on frozen BBS?
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    Default Re: Eeeek. I was not prepared for this....

    They may if you can get them to eat it.
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    Default Re: Eeeek. I was not prepared for this....

    Now is not the time to start looking for short cuts. Get to work, set up a bbs hatchery. Get a hold of some good bbs from someplace like brine shrimp direct too, the lfs stuff normally has really poor hatch rates. It's really not that hard to do, you just have to get the process down. Congrats on the wrigglers, any idea how many you have?
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    Honestly Holly you will be happy if you take the advice and just set up a little brine shrimp hatchery, even if its only one bottle for now, you do need to order artemia cyst's however and get those on the way, kensfish has good ones, brineshrimpdirect, or angelfishusa has some good ones as well. Kieth's set-up with an old 10 gal (yes I coppied it too kieth haha) works like a champ but you can go even simpler than that. Start with one if you want, in which case go to youtube and search "hatching baby brine shrimp" there is a video on making a simple little one out of a one liter bottle, its a small version but probably enough for you honestly speaking since its only one batch. You want to do this Holly I promise, you may not be able to get them to eat the frozen ones for a while, if at all, and even if you do the growth rate just isnt the same. I promise it isnt that complicated, took me about an hour to set-up a full hatchers that can produce up to three batches a day. This should be your biggest focus right now but you have a little bit of time at least so dont stress, you just need to make a list and get the stuff ordered that you will need. Hell Kensfish even sells a readymade BBS Hatchery that you just hook up to air for 8 bucks at the very least. Were here to help you the best we can my friend, and again congrats.
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    I raised mine w/o bbs because mine wouldnt hatch (just got an order in from bsd thanks to Gary). It was a looot of work and took 3 wc a day. Had to have the fry swimming in ground up food. I had a high rate of culls, I suspect from the lack of bbs. I also left them on the parents for 2 weeks and 150-200 fry took a toll on them.
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    Yeah see thats what we all want to avoid, but great post Jen, its SO much harder to raise the fry without live BBS, than it would be to just set up a small hatchery. I just wrote you a super long PM Holly so I hope that helps to some degree with some of the adventure ahead!!! Im very excited for you and its awsome you got wigglers on their second round, may be lining up to be good parents you have there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscusDrew View Post
    Yeah see thats what we all want to avoid, but great post Jen, its SO much harder to raise the fry without live BBS, than it would be to just set up a small hatchery. I just wrote you a super long PM Holly so I hope that helps to some degree with some of the adventure ahead!!! Im very excited for you and its awsome you got wigglers on their second round, may be lining up to be good parents you have there!
    Yeah, it was definitely more work than setting up the hatcheries!
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    Here are the wrigglers. As you can see on the left is the original spawning site with some eggs that did not hatch and they moved the wrigglers to the right of that. Such good parents!

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    Just ordered 8 oz of premium BS eggs from Brineshrimp Direct.
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    They are doing an astonishingly good job thus far caring for the wigglers/potential fry. Thats awesome. That should last you a while on the brine shrimp eggs, glad you decided to take the advice and make that happen, you'll be happy you did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscusDrew View Post
    They are doing an astonishingly good job thus far caring for the wigglers/potential fry. Thats awesome. That should last you a while on the brine shrimp eggs, glad you decided to take the advice and make that happen, you'll be happy you did.
    I'm not an asKhole. lol
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