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So I was wandering around my local fish store when I saw two huge baseball sized orandas that have been there for a couple of months(the pair costs 100 dollars and requires just a huge tank so it has been slow to go) spawning! The first time the female laid about 50 eggs, maybe a little less, but the pair ate them right away. I decided what the heck and asked the store if I could have the eggs since they were just getting eaten, the answer was yes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">. (Sometimes it is just as easy as asking...no?). The fish manager stayed for about 25 minutes trying to get the eggs as she spawned them, but she only laid twice more in that time, about 15 one time and 2 the next. Very disappointing, and we only managed to save one egg.<br><br>
I took egg home and then when I was waiting for my hubby to get off work I decided to check the store again, just encase a few more eggs could be saved. When I went in the two fish had been moved out back so the store could try and save some eggs, but I looked at their now empty tank and spotted a couple eggs that had not been eaten. This time a different employee spent a ton of time carefully saving each egg for me, and I have a total of 6 now set up in my fry tank...<br><br>
5 look dead.One is seriously confusing me....After only 48 hours it has a clearly visible embryo...two eyes and a spine, and it wiggles around furiously in the egg. So cool...but it shouldn't be so developed already!. I have a magnifying glass beside the tank so I can look at the egg and watch the happenings. I'm like a broody hen, LOL. Anyway I wanted to share my very cool and (to me) exciting egg hatching adventure!<br><br>
tried to take a picture through the magnifying glass but it isn't working... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Awww... that's so cool! What a great idea. Good luck with the little baby. Be sure to let us know when hatching time comes.
 

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A single tiny goldfish fry hatched this morning! An exciting event in the house, to be sure!
 

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Aww <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I'm surprised they let you have the eggs, but it's great that they did! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Kudos to you for hatching them!
 

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pics?
 

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Sorry I haven't updated here. The egg did hatch shortly after I posted here. The baby fish lived for just about a week before he passed away due to SBD(swim bladder disease). I was completely heartbroken. Here is a picture of the little guy the day he hatched, though. He wasn't much to see <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">. Miss my little one though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><img alt="" src="http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y226/breakthenight/DSCF4009.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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I'm sorry, Pace. As I'm sure you know, the death rate of newly-hatched fish of almost all types is horribly high. You made a difference for this one, though.<br><br>
That's quite a picture!
 

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It's so sad when this kind of thing happens. You want them to do well, and it's just in their nature not to. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I'm sorry.<br><br>
As said above, animals that produce offspring in huge amounts tend to have low birth survival rates, which sucks, but then again, if they had high survival rates they would be overpopulated in the wild. Plus, with the way evolution works, nature tends to either make them very lucky or very unlucky. I'm sorry your little guy was one of the unlucky ones. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 
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