The Lightning Project

The ongoing saga of the PNG Lightning Maroon Clownfish breeding project.

Browsing Posts published in February, 2014

I left for Reef Currents this past weekend in Houston, hosted by MARSH, and well, it was the typical dice roll of being a speaker…some things will be fine, and some things just won’t work out.  BTW, it was a great event – thanks for having me guys! Spawn #24 never really hatched.  Despite being […]

Just a short note, tonight Spawn #24 was pulled for hatching.  I set it up with 100% new water, at 1.025, with aeration provided by a limewood airstone and a hatching escape route set up at the top of the tile.  The bottom of the tile is held in position by another tile lying on […]

I noticed the F0 White Stripe PNG Maroon Clown pair acting oddly back on 2/16/2014.  Upon closer examination, I discovered this small nest…they’re second, spawned on the back of a large diameter PVC section.  Of course, disturbing the next allowed the Declevis Butterflyfish they live with to eat it….figures.  I’m thinking about removing all the […]

First posted at Reef Builders on February 3rd, 2014. Sea & Reef Aquaculture announced the release of their new PNG-lineage “Morse Code” Maroon Clownfish, Premnas biaculeatus. Lovers of the Lightning Maroon Clownfish, or for that matter any of the unusual Maroon Clownfish that came out of Papua New Guinea (PNG) from SEASMART or the later […]

I have two posts besides this one I need to make…life has just been hectic as usual. They’ll come. First, Spawn #24 has been laid.  Sadly, it wasn’t a Valentine’s spawn, it was laid on February 13th, 2014. Following my extensive water testing of larval tanks to see what the heck was going on, I […]

Pull too early and have problems…wait to the 7th night, and miss the hatch.  Sometime between 3:30 PM and 8:00 PM today the rather full looking Lightning Maroon Clownfish nest must have hatched in their tank, under full light no less.  Either that or their parents ate them. This isn’t the first time this has […]

They were alive this morning, but come nightfall all were dead.  The ammonia alert badge hasn’t said a peep, and is still relatively new and shouldn’t be having any issues.  Granted, it is testing for free ammonia, whereas my liquid test is testing total ammonia. I test the water, and once again I’m confronted with […]

Did a big 50% water change, Rotifer cultures failing due to too much harvest, lots of losses due to settlement issues presumably due to insufficient rotifers.  Nevertheless, a sizeable group of Lightning Maroon offspring is undergoing settelement starting tonight; first headstripes seen.  They’ve been getting TDO A1 for the last couple days…I hope they’re all […]

Just went downstairs…all but one offspring in Spawn #20 is dead on the bottom.  !#%!#!!@!! Water test shows completely off the wall parameters…eg. Nitrite at 5 PPM, Ammonia at 0.5 ppm, Nitrate at 40 ppm?!.  Now, whether that’s all the dead fish in the tank, or if that’s the cause, I’m not sure, but I’m […]

Just a quick note that Lightning Maroon pair put down their 23rd nest yesterday afternoon.  Spawn #23 was laid 1/31/2014.