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Awesome! Thank you in advance! I look forward to seeing what the fry from the lightning maroon look like - I have been fascinated with that strain every since Matt Pedersen started working with them but I have not kept them myself (yet!).
I will have some updates this evening. The Wyoming White/Bali Aquarich pair laid eggs yesterday afternoon. So now we have 3 sets of eggs.

As for the maroons, I will do one better and get some shots of the difference between the colors of the eggs as well. The colors from fertilized and non-fertilized also. Hope to take everyone through each step/stage of the process.
 
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Those Bali black picassos are awesome! Following
Thanks! I agree, they are very unique and the coloration is very bright. Hope to seem some unique variations of off-spring from them! Their first set of eggs went unfertilized, but they laid about 24 hours after moving and transporting them about 6-8 hours between travel and setup/tear down. So that’s understandable.
 
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Wyoming White/Bali Aquarich Black Picasso pair have eggs as of 5/29! Not the best picture, but big momma wouldn’t stop chasing me away. Lol

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Here’s a quick time lapse video of “Preparing for Laying Eggs”. It was supposed to capture them actually laying the eggs, but my phone battery was dying to quick.



 
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Small egg update...

Both the Photons and Maroons eggs have changed from bright orange to a dark maroon/orange. This tells me that these eggs were fertilized and the color change usually happens in 48 hours time.

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As you can see, the Wyoming White/Bali Aquarich Black Picasso’s eggs are still bright orange, but they are also 24 hours behind he others and should begin to change colors overnight.

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Details on the Clownfish Breeding setup:

“Egg Laying” Pairs Setup
-Custom Acrylic 36” x 18” x 15”T
—Each chamber is 9” x 18” x 15”T
—Each chamber has 1” drain and a 1/2” return
—Each chamber has a ball valve on the return to control the amount of flow in each section. I turn the flow down the closer it gets to fry hatching.

-Trigger System Emerald 26 Sump
—1200gph Pump
—Eshopps Psk-75 Skimmer
—2 Eheim 200w heaters
—36” LED daylight on a timer

For the most part, the set up is very simple. It is easy to maintain and serves it’s purpose.

Future plans for the breeding setup:
—Larger Skimmer
—Add Algae Reactor
—Add UV Sterilizer
—Add Apex

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This is 24 hours worth of skimming...

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This is my manifold I made in order to run multiple tanks and equipment from 1 pump. As of right now, it only feeds the 2 tanks holding 7 of the 8 pairs.

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Sorry for the lack of updates. I went to visit family and was away from the clowns for a few days. But we are at day 8 for the Lighting pair and Photons.

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And day 8 for the Wyoming White Bali Aquarich pair.

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It’s hatch night! The first two Lighting Maroon babies are swimming!

 

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It’s hatch night! The first two Lighting Maroon babies are swimming!
Congratulations!!! That is awesome! I think that this is one of my most favorite parts of fish keeping and to me it never seems to get old! I can't wait to see more - thanks for sharing! :) :) :)
 
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