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Eggs! What do I do?!

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You don't need to buy a brine shrimp hatchery, you could just make one :) I use half a plastic coke bottle, with an air stone and a very small heater. My bbs hatch in less than 24 hours :)

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Just ordered some eggs and will make my own hatchery if/when the time comes!

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Also I told Joe (my fiancee) that if we have at least 12 fry with eggs we are going to have to upgrade to a 20 gallon and he said no... a 29 gallon! Yay! More tanks!

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I found a 10 watt heater at the pet store today. Just realized when I got it home though that it is still preset for 78 F, should I just wait it out and let them hatch on their own? I don't want to kill any of them with too much heat.

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How many gallons are they in? Is their a top on the tank? What is your house temp? Current water temp?

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They are in a 10 gallon half full, so 5 gallons? House temp is 22 C (71.6 F) and tank temp looks to be about 72 F but does fluctuate between 70-72 throughout the day. I do have a top on the tank with the light on.

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I think low 70s is perfect. I would just keep an eye on it. If it gets below, say, 68 then I would think about adding the heater. :D

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Okay thank you :) I'm just getting impatient I think. Doing lots of reading in the meantime so I know how to do things properly.

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I was impatient too!! And I only had one egg. :tomuch:

Talk about putting all your eggs in one basket. :rofl3

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THEY'RE HATCHING! Guess I shouldn't have spoken so soon! 3 counted so far.

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:rockon. Congrats!!!

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This just keeps getting wilder to me lol. Went to turn off the lights in the main tank and noticed a fry clinging to my uv sterilizer. Luckily Joe was able to get him out safely

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:rofl3 Now we are going to need some pics so you can get a breeder's medal. :nana

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I will try tomorrow when I see how many hatch :)

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Managed to get one :)

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So far this morning the count is 21 :) and 18 eggs left to hatch that we can see.

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Congrats!! ^^

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Congratulations! :)

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Sad to report that the 30 that hatched over the last day or so have died due to cold temps in my dining room. We do have a few eggs left to hatch so I will be adding a heater to the tank to hopefully avoid this happening again :(

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I'm sorry to read that. If the temps are in the 70-72* range, the deaths were most likely not because of that . . . Did the temp drop below that? :idont

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I'm sorry to read that. If the temps are in the 70-72* range, the deaths were most likely not because of that . . . Did the temp drop below that? :idont

It did. When I came downstairs this morning it was at about 66-67.

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:hmm It seems to me like Erin's (FishWish) fry were in cooler temps like that. But maybe it was the fluctuation? :idont

When you add the heater, just be sure to keep your eye on the temp. You don't want it to be too warm either.

Good luck. I hope more hatch for you. :hug

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Is there anything I can do to "encourage" them to spawn again? I've read that by decreasing temp and then increasing slowly you can simulate the experience of spring in the tank?

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Alex had suggested that when I did a WC to increase the water by about 5 degrees. I didn't try it cuz I had my fry and didn't want a bunch more. Oftentimes, once they spawn, they will spawn a few times on their own without much encouragement. :ehh

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