Grass pickerel Spawning
Posted 24 February 2011 - 02:16 PM
Posted 24 February 2011 - 02:26 PM
I have two grass pickerel in a 125 with 2 black crappie,a creek chub,2 carp,a bullhead,and a rock bass. Well,the pickerel began spawning today. I am in the middle of transfering all the fish over to a 150 along with the filters. I would like to try to hatch the eggs and raise the fry. Should I leave the picks in the 125 or is it alright to transfer them? I had two longears in the 125 that I took out because I saw them eating the eggs as they fell. Should I remove all the other fish? I am so excited as this is the first time I have had picks spawn.Oh, the reason for the transfer was that I have a major cynobacteria bloom that I can't get under control.
Congratulations!! I'd take everyone out if to you want to raise as many fry or you can gently siphon the eggs out to rear seperately but use the tank water so the water parameters are the same.
Posted 25 February 2011 - 10:23 AM
Posted 25 February 2011 - 01:20 PM
Posted 09 March 2011 - 01:34 AM
It was a baby pickerel.It was about 3/8 inch long.It quickly made it's way into the plants. Then I saw another one streak across the surface.
I have noticed alot of copepods and small worms swimming in the tank.Don't know what the worms are.They are about 3/8 to half inch in length and brownish red in color. And squirm around as they float by.Anyways do you think the baby picks would feed on them? I was thinking about buying some endlers to put in the tank to start a population for when they pickerel got bigger.Do you think I should wait awhile or get them now?
Ok heres a couple pics.
As I said before,Iwas going to tear down this tank because of cyanobacteria as seen in one of the pics.
Posted 09 March 2011 - 10:25 AM
Posted 09 March 2011 - 01:08 PM
I watched one of the fry eat a copepod. It is nice to see that they are finding food. I had a one gallon tank that had java moss growing in it but had become over grown with algea.Looking at the tank I noticed copepods swimming around.So I took out the ball of moss and algea and placed it in the pickerel tank.
Well that's all for now will keep you all updated.
Posted 09 March 2011 - 01:20 PM
Please measure your temperature, pH, the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate concentrations in parts per million, the degrees of general hardness (GH), your KH, the hours of light, how old the parents were, the tankmates, and what you were feeding them. That would really help a lot of people out, because spawning grass pickerels in captivity is not something that happens every day. Thanks!
Posted 09 March 2011 - 01:23 PM
I wouldn't add the food fish until your babies are four inches; if they're not big enough to eat the fish, then all the fish will do is eat their food.
Edited by EricaWieser, 09 March 2011 - 01:23 PM.
Posted 09 March 2011 - 03:20 PM
The pickerel I caught last year in August and were around 6 to 7 inches long.They are now 9 to 10 inches.So I'm guessing they are 2 to 3 years old.There tank mates were 2 longear subfish,2 black crappie,1 rock bass,1saugeye,1 creek chub,1 white sucker,2 carp,1 yellow bullhead, and a mottle sculpin.
They were being feed rosyreds and goldfish through the winter.
Edited by MrCatfish, 09 March 2011 - 03:21 PM.
Posted 09 March 2011 - 04:16 PM
Posted 09 March 2011 - 07:15 PM
O_O Okay, put feeders in there when they're an inch.
After all these are predatory fish that can eat something half their own length including their brothers and sisters. They are quite cannibalistic and if not kept fat, happy and close to the same size they will in fact eat one another.
The fish species I'm breeding right now is too wimpy to cannibalize each other, so I didn't think of that. I've heard it's a big problem in koi ponds and with people who breed predatory fish, though. *nods* Scary.
Edited by EricaWieser, 09 March 2011 - 07:17 PM.
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