Dragon VT x Superblack HM (Female)
Posted 04 December 2010 - 06:29 PM
I thought it would be interesting to see the combination of dragon and black, so put them in a small tank about 40cm x 20 x 20cm. 27 degrees. A bit of Java Moss. No Indian Almond leaf at the beginning (I didn't have any) but did add some about a week in.
10/11/2010 - Spawned
12/11/2010 - First photos taken (below)
13/11/2010 - started feeding vinegar eels & infusoria
16/11/2010 - switched to Microworms
The nest just prior to hatching
Father minding the brood
Just chilling out under the nest
There's a few current photos that I'll upload shortly.
Posted 04 December 2010 - 06:44 PM
My fry I had were really light when that young.. pretty much transparent.
Yours look dark bodied. Lucky, you can see them better. I guess you do have dark parents - I had red/white BF.
Posted 04 December 2010 - 07:59 PM
This is the mother, a little bit battered afterwards...
Thanks for your help Sarah. I worked it out... finally.
Still trying to upload the new photos I took today.
Posted 05 December 2010 - 07:48 AM
They look like they're starting to get ventrals and I've noticed that there is a difference in colouring between them ranging from quite dark to really light (all shades of greyish brown). I forgot to mention this is quite a big spawn. I tried counting this morning and got to 100 before I gave up. I think there could be anything up to double that amount.
A bunch hanging around the back.
A little guy.
The bottom dwellers.
Posted 05 December 2010 - 09:36 AM
Posted 05 December 2010 - 02:07 PM
I can't believe how clear your photos are! I really love the middle one of the fry, it is just amazing!
Posted 06 December 2010 - 10:29 AM
The difference in colouring between light and dark is getting much more pronounced (Hopefully when I do my next photo update in a few days I'll be able to capture that). There's still not a lot of "colour" (with the exception of one that I noticed a little bit of red on) just lightness and darkness, but given the mother was black and the father not overly colourful either, I think that's probably all normal. The light coloured ones are getting noticeably shiny, I'm guessing that would be from the Dragon parentage?
Definitely ventrals on them now.
Quite a lot of them hang out on the bottom. I'm wondering if that's because I feed them mostly microworms which sink and so they hang out down there waiting for the next lot. Not all of them hang out down there, there's plenty swimming around and hanging out in the Java Moss. Should I be worried about them hanging out on the bottom?
I turned the sponge filter up today, it's running at a reasonably strong rate now, the fry are all big enough to swim against any current it has created, but there is noticeable water movement now. Is that a bad thing?
Oh... I also found a dead baby today. But so far it's only the second one in just under 4 weeks, so I can't complain too much about that.
Posted 06 December 2010 - 10:36 AM
Do you have a control valve? You put it on the airline tubing, it controls how much air goes though - so how strongly the filter goes. I would suggest getting one if not. They are only like a dollar or less. I bought a pack with all kinds of valves: these ones I'm talking about, I think there was 5 or so, then a hole bunch of other ones. Then there was suction cups. It was $2.
I wouldn't be worried about them at the bottom. It is probably just the food. Maybe somebody else will come with a better answer.
Too bad about the baby. Two in 4wks is pretty good though.
Hope you can capture the lightys and the darkys in the photo update.
Posted 06 December 2010 - 11:02 AM
Posted 06 December 2010 - 11:14 AM
What about everyone else?
Posted 10 December 2010 - 12:33 PM
They've grown a little this week but not a lot to report, I think they're fins are becoming more noticeably fin-like, and the varied body shapes are starting to show, some shorter and fat, some long and skinny.
The colouring is still the same (different shades of light and dark), though some of them are noticebably shinier now than they were. I've tried to get a photo to show the difference in colour, but the flash tends to wash it all out. The average size is probably about 1cm, some longer, some shorter. Ventrals are good and strong now.
This picture gives you a bit of an idea how many they're are. This is the open half of the tank, the other half is fairly think with java moss (which you can just see on the left). It gives you a bit of an idea how many babies there are, I counted about 60 in this photo & as you can imagine there are a lot hiding in the java moss to the left. You can kind of see the light vs dark if you look about the centre (maybe slightly left of centre) at the front there's one of the dark ones.
Here's one of the lighter ones picking at something in the java moss. You can kind of see the shiny a little on him in his anal fin.
Not a great photo, everyone's a bit out of focus, but you can see how shiny some of them are in this, especially on the left.
Posted 10 December 2010 - 01:26 PM
Oh, I thought I'll tell you - in the first photo, I counted exactly 90 fry!!! I went into paint, and put a red spot on each one I counted, so I wouldn't count it twice. So I would say you have about 100+ fry!!!
Posted 11 December 2010 - 06:33 AM