Eldouble

The Clown Hatchery

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Eldouble   

Aquaria is now restocked with our ocellaris clownfish. And they still have 2 nice ORA Picassos and a few B&Ws.

And I'd like to welcome Iveys Pet Center as our newest retailer carrying our clownfish and Reefers Paradise now has our live phyto plankton and rotifers. Stop in for a look!

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scootman   

great to hear that your building a client base. I'm very happy for you. By the way, my new job provides me with weekends off. Next time you're headed this way, give me a call 251-422-5393 and perhaps we can finally meet face to face.

sorry to hear about your knee.

Scoots

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DrHank   

My wife wants a pair of your clowns very badly. Unfortunately, she wants to keep the pink skunk clown, the Sebae Clown and the Tomato Clown too.

Her/My problem is that when she sees a fish in our tank, she won't give it up. I'd let her have a pair of your clowns and a Magestic Angel (that she's dying for) if she'd let me give away the three clowns we already have. No way she'll do it.

Glad to hear that if I can ever convince her, I won't have to go far to get your clowns.

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Eldouble   

Doc...sounds like its time for a new tank :) Just imagine a tank with 20 Clown Hatchery clowns...

Scoot... the knees all better. And this time there were no incidents :) I thought I had your # and was going to call before I headed to Ivey's, but I didn't. I'll add it into the cell. I'll be back for the next meeting, or if there is a run on my fish I may come earlier.

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Eldouble   

I get very few 'ugly ducklings' per batch on purpose. I do get the occasional mis bar, but they are generally not too drastic. Its pretty much all or nothing when it comes to mis bars since environmental conditions affect their stripes. Good conditions=good bars (and healthy fish). Bad conditions = misbars (and many deaths). Once I get all my tanks online in the new growout system, I'm devoting one tank to house all my odd balls. That way I can find them easier than trying to net one fish in a tank with 500. But Aquaria has a 'crook back' that made it in the delivery. Other than having a spine in the shape of an S... hes healthy.

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Eldouble   

I will have a few to sell to help offset travel costs, and probably some live foods. I'll try and find some odd balls too since there seems to be a high demand for the strange guys.

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scootman   

glad to hear your knee is better and you're planning to attend our next meeting. I look forward to finally meeting you in person. Perhaps you could set up a seperate page on your site for the "oddballs" I can actually imaging "Clown Freakz" becoming popular.

Scoots

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Eldouble   

Long story short... Ich and maybe something else got into my two growout systems. I fought it hard for a week, but ended up loosing my entire stock of juvenile clowns. 500 babies lost. Luckily the broodstock system was spared. But that means I won't have any clowns available for the Feb meeting. But I should be bringing live phyto and rotifers, and phyto concentrate for those that may want to culture rotifers or make 300 bottles of phyto from a 1.25 oz bottle of concentrate. So if you want your highly coveted Clown Hatchery clownfish.... Aquaria and Ivey's may still have a few.

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Eldouble   

I've had to convince myself that I didn't lose any money... just potential income. ;) But its been hard to swallow. Just have to regroup and make another go at it. As long as I have my pairs... I can keep on hatchin babies.

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scootman   

sorry to hear that Miles. I wonder how ick got introduced to the rearing system....Seems like that wouldn't have occured unless new fish were recently added to the system. Are you going to sterilize the system or allow it to run fallow for a month or two? I've battled ick before and it's a real pain in the backside. I almost got out of the hobby due to the frustration and loss.

Best of luck to you,

Scoots

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Eldouble   

I swapped some of my fish out with a store that had some for a while since they were on the small size.... or from moving a stand alone tank's fish and rocks into the new system and reintroduced the dormant ich. Both done the same weekend, so hard to tell.

But I've bleached the system and recycling it. It will be ready when the next batches are moved from their hatching tanks. I have one batch thats a week old and starting to get stripes, and another nest hatching on Wed.

I also found I had 36 volts in the brood stock system!!! Grounding probe took care of it until I find the culprit.... more than likely the mag drive or uv system.

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DrHank   

Really sorry to hear of your loss. I'm just glad it didn't affect your brood stock. I had my battle with ick last year and lost half my fish so I know personally how much it hurts. All I can do is to wish you a quick rebound from this disaster.

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Eldouble   

Slooow... My pairs have been inconsitant lately, eating nests, small nests.... But i found 36 volts of stray voltage running through the tanks. Grounding rod has that covered for now. But I have one small batch of about 20 at 6 or 7 weeks old. Nothing to brag about. My pairs need to settle down or I will be out for a while.

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drauka   

Miles - Some day in the future I will have another tank setup in my office and I am thinking I want to get a pair of clows from you when that happens. I'll let you know when I'll be over in Tally visiting some friends and we can meet up then. if you have a couple misfits when I'm over all the better :D

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Eldouble   

I have a few that are almost 2 months old, some with interesting stripes. But they are only about 1/2 to 3/4 inches. Great size for a small office tank, and you really dont have to worry about a difficult cycle. I've cyled 3 tanks with little guys like these with no issues. But let me know when you are in town and you can get some fish and peek at the hatchery.

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drauka   

will do, the move to the new offices keep getting moved back, but I am slowly gathering the stuff to build the tank.

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Eldouble   

I will be at the next club meeting. I hope to bring a few diff size/age fish for all to see. I should have a couple large enough to sell/trade. Hope to see everyone there.

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