29 September 2015
Brought home Sunset (female with orange caudal and dorsal with spots), Speckles (female, oops actually a male! with yellow and orange caudal and dorsal with spots, body has cobra markings), and Dapples (male yellow with spots)
30 September 2015,
Realized Speckles was also a male, traded Dapples in for Aurora (yellow dorsal and caudal with spots), who appears pregnant (darker gravid spot, bloated belly) already.
2 October 2015,
Aurora dies of unknown cause.
3 October 2015
Brought home Dawn (female with yellow caudal with spots), who appears to already be pregnant (darker gravid spot, bloated belly)
5 October 2015
Sunset is showing pregnancy. Her gravid spot has been darker for a week, and now she's getting bigger.
21 Oct 2015
Dawn shows appearance of labor -- hanging out by heater, arched back, shivering. Moved to breeding net which has java moss and a few floating plantlets.
Sunset shows signs of parasites (white, stringy poop); treat tank day 1 of Paraguard. Also showing advanced (boxy belly) stages of pregnancy.
I can see heads and/or eyeballs of fry through the belly of both females. Male very interested in gravid spots of both females. I estimate that Sunset should have her litter next week, close to Halloween.
Note: Speckles is never still, and I just can't capture the beauty of his markings.
10 gallons, petco king and community fish
1 x 5.5 gallons with shrimp and plants
1 x 5.5 male veil tail with plants