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I'm pretty sure I have clownfish eggs! I am in no way ready to set up phyto/rotifers for them in a separate tank, etc, but is there any point in trying to put the whole rock in a breeder box? Here's the best pic I could take...
 

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Yep, that looks like eggs to me. Congrats!
If you don't plan to raise the fry I don't see a point to bringing out the rock. The parents and other fish/inverts in the tank will have a feast.
I wish my clowns laid on a rock, but they prefer the back glass.
 

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I wish my clowns laid on a rock, but they prefer the back glass.
If they lay the eggs in about the same spot each time, you could try what I did with my freshwater angel fish. I just put a thin piece of glass against the tank glass where they lay their eggs, then just pull the glass out with the eggs and put the whole thing in another tank for hatching and raising. That way you don't have to worry about catching the fry. I put an airstone with a gentle air flow near the eggs to produce a slight current to simulate the parents' fanning of the eggs.
 

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If they lay the eggs in about the same spot each time, you could try what I did with my freshwater angel fish. I just put a thin piece of glass against the tank glass where they lay their eggs, then just pull the glass out with the eggs and put the whole thing in another tank for hatching and raising. That way you don't have to worry about catching the fry. I put an airstone with a gentle air flow near the eggs to produce a slight current to simulate the parents' fanning of the eggs.
Yeah I tried that when they were spawning about a year ago. They responded by not laying eggs for 9 months lol.
I've got a pretty good DIY solution this time around, should do much better.
 

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Yeah I tried that when they were spawning about a year ago. They responded by not laying eggs for 9 months lol.
I've got a pretty good DIY solution this time around, should do much better.
I guess freshwater fish are dumber than saltwater fish. lol. I saw your solution in your thread - that's pretty slick and should work well.
 
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The eggs hatched a few nights ago and were, predictably, gone in the morning. The rock they were on, while technically removable, is rather large and has 2 nems on it, so not the best piece to move around. While I was trying figure out a way to encourage the clowns to lay future litters elsewhere, I discovered that they already laid another batch in the same spot! Has anyone successfully scraped eggs of a rock and incubated them in their own tank?
 

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I have used an eyedropper to suck damsel eggs off a rock, and they hatched in another tank. Probably best to wait until they are a day or two from hatching before pulling them off, that way they get the parental care for most of their development.

I was never successful raising the damsel fry. I tried it using the same method I used successfully with freshwater angels and bettas, but apparently with the saltwater fish you really need the rotifers as the first food.
 

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The eggs hatched a few nights ago and were, predictably, gone in the morning. The rock they were on, while technically removable, is rather large and has 2 nems on it, so not the best piece to move around. While I was trying figure out a way to encourage the clowns to lay future litters elsewhere, I discovered that they already laid another batch in the same spot! Has anyone successfully scraped eggs of a rock and incubated them in their own tank?
I have heard of people using airline as a siphon to get the eggs out. I also heard it's easy to damage the unhatched fry that way.
Good luck if you try it.
 
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