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Baby fish in my tank..now what?

Discussion in 'General Reefkeeping Discussion' started by cubuffs, Oct 25, 2017.

  1. cubuffs

    cubuffs Copepod


    I purchased some corals and live rock from a few local reefers and I have noticed about 10-20 baby fish swimming in my nano now. The biggest one is about a millimeter big and the smaller ones are about half the size. They are clear in color and very skittish.

    I only have one clownfish that I got about 2 months ago. I have been watching them for two weeks now and I want to see them grow. What would be the best steps to take next?
  2. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Food would be the first thing. Since you dont know what they are, you'll have to guess. You need small live food, so rotifers, and baby brine shrimp would be good ones to start with.
    Other clown 'may' eat them too, so may want to move them to a separate tank with just a sponge filter and a heater.
    Fourthwind likes this.
  3. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    I'm pretty sure the male fertilizes the egg after the female deposits them on the rock.... Not sure you'd have baby clowns with only the 1 fish in the tank.
  4. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Likely was eggs already laid on the rock he got and they hatched. Not your usual hitchhiker for sure
  5. Mccoc033

    Mccoc033 Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    That is however a better than average hitchhiker
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  6. Fourthwind

    Fourthwind Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Like Synden said. Need to feed, and feed as soon as possible. like tomorrow. Rotifers take awhile, so suggest trying fresh hatch baby brine. Only takes 24 hours to hatch in 78 degree water. Salt lake BBS eggs have smaller nepuli, and I have some if you want some. I am located in Thornton.
  7. cubuffs

    cubuffs Copepod

    Thanks so much. Due to their size, I have been feeding them reef-roids. I will get rotifer and live brine too.
  8. asn-naso

    asn-naso Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    are you sure they are fish, and not pods?
  9. cubuffs

    cubuffs Copepod

    No, I do have a few pods too which were also hitch hikers. Should I remove the pods? All I have in my 8 gallon is a cleaner shrimp, clown, and a few snails and crabs.
  10. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    ;)No pods are good
  11. SantaMonicaHelp

    SantaMonicaHelp Copepod

    So how are those babies doing?


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