Sometime in last two weeks pico breeding berghia tanks turned around (esp right side... left side might do another water change before adding any more aiptasia into left side.
- new berghia added into right breeding tank
- about 18 in 2 orders
- eggs laid in 12/19 order bag
- BF rushed them out of bag - now we know when they are slow leaving, there is reason
- eggs maybe laid inside 12/28 order container
- stuffed container into PVC to hold it down in water for later examination
- berghia managed to get at container lid treads, then in threads, so put blue lid in tank too
- tanks turned sideways
I turned pico tanks sideways to see into back more easily. This was helpful for judging evaporation. Then finally setup the IceCap ATOs I purchased from Melev's Reef - now evaporation management is automated - YIPEE:
Mostly berghia are in the right side tank, so mostly I keep feeding aiptasia on right side. Berghia have me trained... feed them an aiptasia each and they drop coils of eggs. They keep making eggs on various surfaces. I am afraid I injure eggs if I try to remove eggs, so now I'm just tossing whatever gets eggs "permanently (?)" into tank. The 12/18 plastic bag that had eggs on the inside now have even more inside and even eggs outside since bag was weighted down in the water.
Various things junking up tank but will be a jungle gym for the babies to crawl upon. Not sure if berghia hide (yet?) in the Pod Hotel (yellow box with openings) shown in tanks (refer photo). As long as I keep lights really dim, berghia seem content to eat and then flop near where they ate an aiptasia. I like how quickly aiptasia disappear from berghia breeding tank. Berghia also cuddle. They seem to congregate together in a corner. Radiating from 'cuddle corner" continue to be more and more swirly eggs
Go Berghia Go !! Have not yet seen any signs that eggs hatch but babies are supposed to be invisible. I'm in middle of the 10-14 day hatching zone from the very first coils laid inside that plastic bag (that now has more inside and some outside). The first coils were small, likely because berghia were removed from bag before done laying eggs.
Earlier today 12/30 I suspected a shell with bit of pulsing xenia was added by BF (sigh). However now berghia is there... maybe I mistook berghia (or multiple bergihias) for xenia (don't recall if I actually saw pulse... and light is dim). Did find bristle worm in pico that shouldn't have gotten there (shell suspected for worm, too). Removed worm with tweezers. Wish berghia were bigger...
The container and blue lid shown in above photo were removed 12/30, but there are berghia 'traces' ... think slime as opposed to actual eggs or anything... I'm likely putting cup and lid in sump of 180 gallon main tank. If it is berghia anything that is a positive and if it is aiptasia anything its not like 1,000,001 is any different than 1,000,000 ...
Hoping main tank berghia doing as well. Hoping in a month I'll have more in breeding tank that I can move some over to main tank - fingers crossed!