Hot Tips: Have you ever attempted to breed any of your livestock? If so what and how?

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Have you ever attempted to breed any of your livestock? If so what and how?

Yes. I have been working on breeding the dwarf cuttlefish Sepia bandensis for about 4 years. I have closed the life cycle several times, but have been unable to produce hatchlings in any great quantity. Still trying. I have about 200 gallons devoted to the project, and the hardest part has been a stable source on inexpensive live saltwater feeder animals. I am thinking of branching out to other cephalopods as well.

Soon I will also be getting several captive bred Bangaii cardinals from different sources so I can breed them. They will probably go in my 180 gallon sump.

Captive breeding and captive propagation are important and I think more people should do it.

Submitted by Thales

I have raised Bangaii cardinals. I just let them breed in my 225g tank but it had large 30in. deep overflows. They contained lots of rubble which was a breeding ground for mysid shrimp.
Some of the young bangaii made it the overflows and survived on pods, mysid shrimp and eventually frozen Cyclop-eeze, that was fed to the shrimp.

My current 4yr. old pair of Ora percs, lay eggs on a regular basis but I have not tried to raise any. We tried once with eggs from a pair of Cinnamon clowns. Their keeper removed the eggs and kept them in a small aquarium running on airstones & a heater. They did hatch and he was feeding the fry a store bought fry food. The young were doing fine when an accident uplugged the small aquarium.


My lawnmower blennie has layed eggs at least two times now. Usually high in the tank on the rear glass or rock. She then fans them, while trying to fend off others. The lack of a male to fertilize or the threat of the other fish, usually end the eggs existance. I would guess that even if a male was present, and the eggs hatched, they would end up the same as the young perc fry.

Submitted by D.W.L.

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