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Cichlid Egg Project

10 years 1 month ago #21800 by Nuchal Man
Replied by Nuchal Man on topic Cichlid Egg Project
Any species, location, doesn't matter. Of course there is stuff that we have on our wish list, but any sample of any species is good.

The Wish List (If you can get egg samples of these, it would be awesome ;):
- Any Geophagus
- Any Apistogramma (especially A. barlowi)
- Any Pike
- Any Cichla sp.
- Any Riverine Cichlasomine
- Any large/predatory Malawi Haplochromis
- West African in general
- Madagascans/Asian cichlids in general
- Any Lamprologine

Thanks,

Sam

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10 years 1 month ago #21795 by rm-slover
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Is there a list of eggs that he wants, or can we just bring any kind of eggs?

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10 years 1 month ago #21788 by Nuchal Man
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Yes, it is just rubbing alcohol, just make sure it's the %70.

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10 years 1 month ago #21777 by baldtaxguy
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Sam - this is great that our club will have a coordinated path to contribute to this project.  I will do my best in this regard.

For those of you looking behind your bar for "Isopropyl alcohol", rubbing alcohol is one in the same.  I admit I had to look it up.

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10 years 1 month ago #21774 by Nuchal Man
As many of you know I will be attending California State-Sacramento this fall as I work towards a biology major. Lucky for me I get to work with Dr. Ron Coleman, an ichthyologist and Cichlid Behavior Researcher.

One of Dr. Coleman's research projects is the Cichlid Egg Project. It is an important project cataloging data on Cichlid eggs, their size, attachments, etc. Hopefully with this data we will have a better understanding of Cichlid breeding behavior.

There is one key component and that is YOU, the hobbyist. We can't look at these eggs unless we have samples of the eggs. With the help of talented fish breeders like you, we can get these important samples. This is unique because the average hobbyist can have an important impact working with the scientific community.

It doesn't matter what species or location of fish, any sample, even if it is the 1,000th can still provide very useful data. We also don't need a full spawn. Obviously, the more eggs the better, but even 1 egg is very useful. If you could donate 20 eggs, that would be great

How To Donate Eggs:

Donating eggs is simple. All you need are eggs, small viles or jars, and %70 isopropyl alcohol.

After breeding the fish the next step is obtaining eggs. For mouthbrooders, this is easy. Strip the fish within the first 3-4 days after spawning. For substrate spawners, the eggs are attached by invisible threads. Because the eggs are rubbery, by scraping them off with a dull tool such as a butter knife, you can get a sample without breaking the eggs. Don't use sharp items like sharp knives or razor blades. The eggs can also survive out of the water for 3-4 minutes, so you can take part of a spawn of the substrate the fish bred on and return it to the tank and still have a successful hatch (you don't really want all 3,000 Red Devil Babies anyway right? ;)).

The next step is preserving the eggs. Transfer the eggs into the vile and add just enough %70 isoprpyl alcohol to cover them. Then close the jar or vile tightly and label it. The info we need labeled are:
1. Name and Date the eggs were taken
2. Species (and location if available)
3. Estimated size of spawning fish

Helpful but not necessary info that would also be appreciated:
1. Spawn size (or estimation for large substrate spawns)
2. Age if available

Please give all egg sample to my father, Rick Borstein. He will then ship them out to the California State-Sacramento Fish Lab for the Cichlid Egg Project Team to analyze.

Please donate samples and get your club active in the Cichlid Egg Project. Please PM or post any question you may have about the program.

Thanks,

Sam Borstein
Nuchal Man
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Check out the Cichlid Egg Project: http://cichlidresearch.com/eggproj.html

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