Today I discovered as second, slightly smaller fry in my persephone tank. I like how these fry just go right up to the adults and sort of stare them down as the adults consider whether their niece/nephews are something worth eating.
I hope these two are female, as I have so many males it would be great to get a few more pairs out of this group.
These are the likely parents of the two fry. The female is the only one that spawns out of the few females remaining, and this male is the only one I've ever seen end up with at least some fry hatching.
She was fighting with the female in the foreground hence why they don't look particularly pleased with each other.
I have sorted out the second shelf on my rack (I don't know why the photo came out so tilted). Basically the empty tank on the left is going to hold either a pair of B. coccina or B. rutilans, whatever I can source first. The middle two tanks hold my B. hendra and B. brownorum respectively, and the tank on the far right is for my B. miniopinna pair. Their wood is soaking in another container as goldvine tends to make a mess in the first couple of weeks of being submersed.
The long tank on the top shelf houses my B. persephone group, and the empty tank next to that is for my sp. wajok. I decided to purchase some new wood instead of trying to cram the other pieces in, and I also need to purchase some more substrate as I finally ran out of aqua soil.
This is a close-up of the wood in my B. coccina/rutilans tank. I went with a 45cm tank simply because my 30cm ones are getting rather crowded now that the fry are getting bigger and I thought it was better to start off with more space.
My unimaculata female is showing continued signs of improvement. She seems to have stopped spending all her time clamped at the surface and is showing a continued interest in food.
Sadly, two of my rutilans sp. cf. green did not fare so well, and developed dropsy. I think their immune systems are pretty shot at the moment and it seems like the smallest abrasion can turn into a full-blown infection. I had to euthanise these two fish this afternoon, but the rest of the group seems to be doing okay and I believe we are at the halfway point in treatment so here's hoping they can hold on a bit longer.
The persephone male is going to a new home, so that worked out well. He will be joining his brother and sister there, so he won't be alone.