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Posted by: frogman3 Apr 16 2010, 04:20 PM
Good Friday while checking out the pond I found What looked like fish eggs in my water fall filter. Thinking it impossible I never gave it another thought till later that day when I started to pull the skimmer pad and basket for a clean out. Holly mackerel the mother load of eggs was stuck to every thing possible all the way to the bottom of the skimmer. I had wondered why the Orfes seemed uninterested in food several days before. They had also been playing follow the leader more than usual. I always knew Orfes like to spawn in moving water and figured they would spawn in the skimmer but I didn't believe they were old enough or large enough as of yet.
I collected the eggs as best I could and deposited them in protected areas with moving water but separated from the other fish. The bottom of the skimmer was covered with sheets of eggs as the pics show.

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All told about a quart of eggs

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Ten days later I found a few fry in both areas not many considering the vast number of eggs but if a few survive I will be very happy. Way too small for photos as of yet.

Posted by: tlc Apr 16 2010, 07:33 PM
woohoo.gif You struck it rich and GREAT pics too!! I've never seen eggs that close before. They look like they are stuck together. Dumb question here but how do you know they are from the orfes? no_clue.gif

I've seen none of that funny business at my place so far.


Posted by: whisper Apr 17 2010, 06:45 PM
WOW that's amazing!

Posted by: frogman3 Apr 17 2010, 07:01 PM
Goldfish as far as my experience has been like to spawn on plants around the edges along the surface of the pond. Orfes seek out rocks or structure in moving water such as a stream to lay theirs. Can't remember what forum it was on but I rember another ponder experienced the same situation where they spawned in the skimmer. In fact I already had planned ahead where I would try to incubate the eggs if they did so.I don't remember if the person reporting if any hatched.

Also Goldfish spread there eggs over a larger area than this. The bottom of the skimmer basket was 50% covered with attached eggs and the bottom of the black skimmer was white with sheets of eggs like I have in my hand. I don't know how many was sucked into the 8000gph pump but some went all the way through my filter and attached on the media where I first found them.

I have not seen any indication that my goldfish are preparing to spawn as of yet. It's predicted to go to 32 degrees tonight, and I'm a little worried about a frost. Too many fruit trees and tender plants.

Posted by: anitapond Apr 19 2010, 03:07 AM
Froggy - we did get a frost last night and the lake is at 45* (should have kept us warmer than inland). I hope your fruit trees are OK!

Great pics of the eggs! I'm so excited for you! On the warmer days we did have, my goldfish were chasing each other around, but now that it's colder, they've stopped.

I haven't seen any eggs, either fish or frog. I know I have 3 green frogs in the pond. They live in the skimmer box. Everytime I take off the lid, they jump and startle me!

Posted by: frogman3 Apr 24 2010, 04:49 PM
I transferred some of the fry into a pond with no adult fish. Actually released all the fish into my large pond. I stopped to get a shot of one when I first started. They are terribly difficult to catch with a minnow net one at a time. As far as size they are longer than goldfish fry about 1/2" but maybe skinnier color is off white. Mostly as you see the eyes are the most stand out feature. In all I caught about 20 to release in their new home.

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Posted by: whisper Apr 24 2010, 06:09 PM
Nice . they are really small.

Posted by: tlc Apr 26 2010, 06:17 AM
They are small! I see one fry in there.

Posted by: frogman3 Apr 26 2010, 06:37 AM
Want to play where's Waldo? There is one more in the picture! swimfishy.gif

Posted by: tlc Apr 26 2010, 08:12 AM
QUOTE (frogman3 @ Apr 26 2010, 07:37 AM)
Want to play where's Waldo?

Waldo is in my aquarium wink.gif

I see two fry in there. blink.gif

Posted by: anitapond Apr 26 2010, 05:36 PM
I see 'em! Too cute! What a proud papa you must be! Cool pic!

Posted by: tlc May 4 2010, 06:50 AM
How are the fry coming along now?

Posted by: koikrazy May 4 2010, 07:47 AM
OMG that is very amazing! Cool pictures of the eggs, I have never seen them before! What are you going to do with all the babies? Cute little tiny guys they are!

Posted by: frogman3 May 29 2010, 06:37 AM
These are the largest group of Orfe Fry about 1 1/2" located in the stream between my ponds. I don't even feed these guys but do the others since some are only half as big.

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The three smallest ones on the right side of the second pic washed out of the upper pond in the last week and today are gone. They can and will eat smaller breathern.

Posted by: tlc Jun 1 2010, 06:25 AM
They are CUTE little guys!! wub.gif
I can count at least 14 of them. You have a gold mine there Froggy! I think I paid something like 80 bucks including shipping to get 6!


Posted by: wayne r Jun 4 2010, 03:38 PM
Nice pics Tom.
A few weeks ago you guesstimated your fry numbers at 300. Has that guess changed any one way or another?

Posted by: frogman3 Jun 4 2010, 05:56 PM
The number is down to 100-150. Next yearI hope I will be more experienced on how to project them from predation. A storm two days ago washed all but 5 in this pool into the main pond where I was only able to rescue one so far to return him to the safety of the upper pond.

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