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Shellie Fry Trap

9 years 5 months ago #31551 by sawboy
Replied by sawboy on topic Shellie Fry Trap
Or ya could use a pcv elbow with a cap on one end

Negative Karma for rule enforcement is a badge of honor :)

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9 years 5 months ago #31548 by wilpir
Replied by wilpir on topic Shellie Fry Trap
I use a baking rack,which is suspended off the bottom in a rubbermaid tub filled with tank water...you put the shell with opening facing down..wait an hour or so and the fry and mom will be on the bottom of the tub..easy pickings..I used this with 3 dif. shellies and it never failed

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9 years 5 months ago - 9 years 5 months ago #31547 by decapod
Shellie Fry Trap was created by decapod
I've been having trouble with my Neolamprologus ocellatus. I only have one female that breeds, and the fry always disappear a couple days after they become visible at the entrance of her shell. She immediately eats the fry when I move the shell to a fry box or otherwise attempt to save the fry. I've been banging my head against the wall for well over a year and consider myself lucky if I can collect a few fry at a time, even when I see a whole bunch of them. My best trick was tying the shell to a string and waiting until she poked out of the shell to look around before yanking the shell out of the water. She figured that trick out months ago, and now hides in the shell whenever I'm within 5 feet of the tank- even if I crawl up to the tank on the floor in a way that she shouldn't be able to see me at all. I had been thinking about using a fish tranquilizer to knock her out so I could pry her out of the shell with a wire twist-tie and then collect the fry, but the risk of killing her and the fry by messing up the dosage or injuring her with the twist-tie seemed too great.

Anyhow, I finally figured out a great way to safely collect shelldweller fry by using their own instincts. They're preprogrammed to swim down to the bottom and hide in a shell. I made a trap that suspends their shell upside-down. As soon as Mom pokes out to see what I did, the fry all come tumbling out, drop through the mesh, and swim to the bottom of the fry box and a second shell that I put there as 'bait'. The coarse plastic mesh is from a bag of onions, and it's supported by being sandwiched in between two Solo cups with their bottoms cut out. The cups are just the right size to hang inside the fry box.







I saw three fry from the last batch and got them all. Using my old methods, I could see six or ten fry and maybe collect three. Seems to be a great trick, at least until Mom figures out a new way to tick me off. Consistently getting outsmarted by a tiny, stubborn fish wasn't great for my general self esteem. I hope I've finally won this particular battle of wits..
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