Eldouble

The Clown Hatchery

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MIles has been through some set-backs, but he keeps going. I'm encouraged to keep trying with my seahorses every time I read one of his posts. Kudos to you.

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Yardboy   

Miles, what kind of success do people have with pink skunks? I've had a pair for two years and almost forgot they spawn, until I noticed sand on my chalice colony and realized there was a hole in the sand behind the BTA rock they are hosting in. I've had tomatos spawn in the past and they drove me crazy with their tail digging. Somewhere I got the impression they didn't spawn easily in captivity, or is it that they are not popular so no one bothers?

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Eldouble   

Miles, what kind of success do people have with pink skunks? I've had a pair for two years and almost forgot they spawn, until I noticed sand on my chalice colony and realized there was a hole in the sand behind the BTA rock they are hosting in. I've had tomatos spawn in the past and they drove me crazy with their tail digging. Somewhere I got the impression they didn't spawn easily in captivity, or is it that they are not popular so no one bothers?

From what I've heard... they are a bit more finicky than most clowns. And that they take long term stability to get to spawn. So congrats on your husbandry. But there are a good number of breeders that have skunks. There would be more, but for some reason... they are not very popular and hard to sell. Kind of like maroons. But if you get them laying, they are just as easy to raise as the rest of them.

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Eldouble   

LOOOOONG time no posts...

With an ever increasing work load, and family responsibilities, I've been slacking off on my fish husbandry. I'm trying to get back on track, and get production back up. Although I'm not wanting to get rid of the Clown Hatchery, as there is the potential to make a good amount of money in the future... I am opening the floor to offers. If anyone is interested in a turn key hatchery, I will entertain SERIOUS inquires. No payment plans, no donations, no parting out... If you want it, you have to get it all. Running the hatchery takes about 1-2 hours a day, and a few extra hours on the weekends for big maintenance projects and deliveries. Email me if interested, with any questions you may have.... miles@clownhatchery.com

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Eldouble   

Its been almost a year since I pulled a nest. I sold my last fish back in Dec '11. I thought I had the CO sold last month, but it fell through. After that, I figured it was time to regroup and start producing fish again. I moved 6 pair of fish and shut down 2 of the 4 systems. I now have all my broodstock in one system, minus 2 pair that are still in their own tank. I have rots and phyto brewing again and will start pulling nests this week. I'm hoping to be back to full production in a month or 2. But I'll need to build a new grow out system. Most likely it will mirror the brood stock system, which used to be my grow out system. It will probably be fall/winter before I have enough sell to the Panhandle area, but be on the lookout. I have 2 pair of B&Ws spawning, and 1 pair of Ocellaris. The rest of my spawning pairs I moved and may take a few months to get back on schedule I'm back to a twice a day feeding schedule, and I still have a ton of roe to fatten them up with. Thanks for all the support in the past, and I hope everyone will continue to support us and other breeders in the future.

Miles

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Yardboy   

Way to go Miles! It takes a lot of dedication to even maintain a reef tank. I can hardly imagine what is required to maintain a fish hatchery, while raising a family and working a full time job too! True dedication. I will look forward to seeing you in the near future.

I read backwards in this thread an yes, I still have the pink clown pair. I also have an ocellaris pair, and can understand why the skunks aren't so popular. The ossies are so very brightly colored. Still I love them all.

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Eldouble   

I will eventually get a pair of pink skunks. I think they are beautiful fish. But I need some fish income first. I'm pulling a nest of Ocellaris tonight. Let the fun begin!

Miles

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Eldouble   

My Picassos just laid their first nest in 4 yrs... only about 25 eggs though. But its a start!! So all I have that aren't spawning yet are a pair of GSMs, pair of B&Ws, and an Onyx/True Perc pair. Thats 13 of 16 pairs. Going to be a busy summer!!

Miles

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mgarden   

Congrats on the first nest. Those guys should be interesting. No telling what kind of markings you are going to get.

Awesome job on the 13 pairs with nests. Can you imagine 1 batch of fish per pair per month for a year with 200 - 300 potential fish. :-o We are talking some major fish rearing. Good Luck - Hope the rots hold out!

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Eldouble   

Rots and phyto are always my Achilles's heel. I won't be able to pull every nest, but having extra is always good in case of early hatches and/or out of rots. But I do have an intern starting tomorrow. That will help a ton. I'm just not sure where the money is going to come from yet :)

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Eldouble   

Well... Its been fun.

We were able to get a great deal on a new house and instead of moving everything again, adding 6 new electrical circuits in the garage, piping water and installing drains, and having to insulate the ceiling and door AGAIN... I decided to sell the hatchery. Tank Bred Aquatics came last week and we loaded it all up in a couple hours. I know Jaime and Chris will take good care of the 16 pair of adults, and the babies. Go in an check them out. They should start selling some of the babies they took in about a month... B&Ws, Ocellaris, and True Percs. Its been a tough but rewarding journey, and it was bitter sweet to watch 5 yrs of work drive off. But now I'll have the time to get my display tank back to looking good, and of course more time for my 4 and 6 yr old. Maybe I'l just start fagging zoas and corals :) That should be easy enough right!

Miles

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mgarden   

Wow - I can't believe it.

Thanks for all of the posting you have done on this site and the marine breeder site. Your details, sucesses and trials really have helped a lot of hobbiest who have taken the plundge into breeding. Wish you the best!

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