So I have been bad about updating with pictures, I keep getting distracted with work and school and this past week was unusually busy so I have been dead tired with no desire to post.
Well that changes tonight, and I have some very exciting news.
It seems I jumped another hurdle and the babies ventrals have begun to grow in on the larger fry and if it isn't the most cutest thing ever
They are now receiving roughly 50% water changes daily to help keep their growth going and are fed BBS in the mourning and then a mix of worms in the evening so the smaller fry have time to snack on them throughout the night. I have tried to introduce frozen daphnia but it is still a wee bit too big for their little mouths. It is amazing already seeing the difference in-between the larger fry, some have nice, broad dorsals and one the larger fry is already exhibiting secondary branching! It seems all of the caudal edges on the babies are nice and sharp so I am excited about that
I almost forgot! Not only are they getting bigger, they are also breathing air now as well!
Now onto another piece of news, I have two fry that are exhibiting behavior that might call for them to be culled. The first being one of the fry has a bent spine located near its tail and so it swims along in little spurts but otherwise is very healthy, the second fry is suffering from swim bladder disorder and can swim but sinks slowly if it stops moving. My friend says if they live to be older I should adopt them out to people but I do not think that is a good idea, I will continue to observe the two fry for a while longer before making my decision. I brought them into this world so I need to be responsible if the quality of life for these two fry will be poor in the future due to their disabilities.
Anyways, I am just happy to report I have big beautiful babies that are all in very good health.
(This was the only photo I could capture some of their color on (You can see just a glimmer of it on the anal of the fry next to the Christmas moss, it is very difficult to take photos of their color on this camera.)