Yee Haw! My RockFlower Nems have SEXUALLY REPRODUCED! Nem Babies!

Discussion in 'Propagation' started by Enderturtle, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer


    I've counted about 7 babies left. Not much increase in size. I've been spotfeeding them reef roids/frozen mysis/LRS/brineshrimp mixture.

    Next time I have a batch of babies I might try to give them to people to see if their survival rates are higher.

    When the babies first showed up, I noticed them ALL over my tank. In the sump growing on chaeto, in the frag tank attached to rock, and in the display.
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  2. ddrueckh

    ddrueckh Supporting Member

    That is awesome. Let me know when they get large enough to sell. I would be interested :)
  3. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    What size is the parent?

    The bright red one I got is now about 6" across.
  4. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Holy cow is it really 6 inches in diameter?

    My nems have stayed 3 inches in diameter, which im happy about.
  5. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

    Peterson's got the miracle grow tank.
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  6. Merith

    Merith Guest

    From the research I did you want to nail down the time as best you can, normal spawning is during both equinox events so somewhere around there.

    Feeding seemed to be a big plus to getting them to spawn, and feeding the babies, can't remember if they used special food or not but it seemed to tie to higher success in getting them to mature a bit.

    Lastly to address the part I quoted and the reason I'm typing this lol. When you nail down the spawning events you should shut down all the pumps then you can get in there with a baster to collect up the gammites and then distribute them over the females as this not only leads to a higher number of babies and a better survival rate as well.

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  7. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Evil Overlord

    Amazing and exciting! That's what this hobby is all about! SOO COOL!

  8. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Nice. It is exciting to be able to observe natural life cycle. I was thrilled the first time my crappy cherry shrimps spawn... and then the never stopped spawning and flood the tank.

    Would the parent move around and stomp on the babies? And how would they know not to sting/kill the offspring.
  9. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer


    Here are pictures of 3 of the 4 rockflower nems babies in my frag tank. I have about 2 in my display tank.

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    They definitely benefit from feeding as they are much larger than the ones in my display tank. I've been feeding them mysis/brine shrimp bits and Reef Roids.

    Very excited about what they look like when they're full grown.
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  10. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Actually unlike bubbletips anemones, rock flower anemones do not move as much. They have stayed put since I put them there. The green rockflower I have moved like 1 inch. But I imagine if it did move t would probably displace the other baby nems or squish them.
  11. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    My RFA's just reproduced too...did you do anything special / protect them from flow or tank mates? Wanted to know what I should do with mine to be successful and get them to grow....
  12. Edgar Sandoval

    Edgar Sandoval Supporting Member

    I just notice i have some baby RockFlower Nems
  13. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    I still count about 15-20 baby rock nems all around the tank....Greens, yellows and at least one red.....And this one has attached to the scarlet hermit shell

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  14. I had thirteen in my tank since the first month or so it was set up. I now have fourteen so I'm assuming one cloned itself.
  15. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    One of my largest RFA's was closed up this morning...Then I see a whole bunch of big babies on the rocks nearby....

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  16. That's awesome! You are a breeding machine!
  17. monkeybiz

    monkeybiz Guest

  18. nash

    nash Guest

    Wow ...... those are great looking.
    Have any for sale or trade?
  19. This is really cool! Following.
  20. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

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