February 28, 2008

A new arrival

Posted in Bangeii cardinalfish at 6:31 pm by tomokoschum

On February 11th, the first baby cardinalfish arrived.

Then on the next day 6 more arrived. On the following morning (13th) the male surprised me with 18 more fry, making the total to 25!

I moved the male to the other side of the tank divider I installed, leaving babies behind with the sitter. With all the commotion I made trying to catch the male, the sitter ran away leaving all the babies behind. Bewildered babies were all huddled together in a corner of the tank. It took me a few tries, but I managed to get the sitter back to the babies. Then I fed the babies with baby brine shrimp (bbs). Again the sitter tried to ran away when I showered it with bbs. So the chase started all over again. I am beginning to wonder about the value of having a live sea urchin for a sitter. Not only does it try to leave but it poops a lot, too.

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