Best update EVER!!! Alpha Corals has BABIES!!!!!

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Best update EVER!!! Alpha Corals has BABIES!!!!!

Postby AlphaAquaculture on Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:44 pm

Ok here is my best update ever!!!

First time ever successfully raising baby clownfish!


First ever babies almost 2 months old!!!

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Then there are some other babies that are only 2 weeks old!

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Check out the hatching system where these guys are growing

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Let me know what you think :) I'm so proud of my babies :)
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Re: Best update EVER!!! Alpha Corals has BABIES!!!!!

Postby Rueg on Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:29 pm

Congratulations! And very cool looking setup.
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Re: Best update EVER!!! Alpha Corals has BABIES!!!!!

Postby AlphaAquaculture on Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:59 am

Rueg wrote:Congratulations! And very cool looking setup.


Thank you for joining. I appreciate the kind words. I posted this on a few forums and a few people have asked about how everything works on the hatching system. So here it goes.

The hatching system is one 15' powder coated steel stand three levels, ground, about 3' and about 6'. The bottom level has an 8' sump 2' wide. The entire 15' system is 2' wide. The mid level has the hatching tanks, 6 x 5g and 6 x 10g, 12 total. Each hatching tank is essentially a small tank in a large tank. There are channels that surround 3 of the 4 sides of each hatching tank with one viewable pane. The channels are heated so that we won't have heaters in the actual hatching tanks to burn up the babies. The walls will act as heaters. So far its working well. We would have over an 8 degree temp swing from broodstock to hatching systems at a certain time of the year without this. The 12 hatching tanks are divided up as follows. 6 x 5g tanks share one channel, 2 x 10g tanks share the second channel, 4 x 10g tanks share the third channel. This way I have some control over hatching eggs acclimated to 3 different temperatures as well as redundancy in case of heater failure. The third level finishes over 7' tall. There is a 120g on both sides with a 75g in the middle. All the hatching tanks and all the tanks on top are starphire glass with no plastic rims on the top or bottom. The system is beautiful!

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Come by and check it out in person!
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Re: Best update EVER!!! Alpha Corals has BABIES!!!!!

Postby Sula on Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:27 am

That is awesome - and a great accomplishment - Congratulations!
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Re: Best update EVER!!! Alpha Corals has BABIES!!!!!

Postby Rueg on Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:50 am

The set up sounds incredible. The way to heat the water where the fry is so they don't come into contact with a heater - is fantastic - very cool.
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Re: Best update EVER!!! Alpha Corals has BABIES!!!!!

Postby jelly on Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:30 pm

i love the plumbing. it looks like a master peice to me.
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