Wow, so I've got all my fry cupped now. (Note to self, clean room so I can fit more fish in there! LOL, my bedroom is also my fishroom) In between 25-30 babies, not as impressive as I would have liked.
Unfortunately, I only have one little baby with ventrals that looks decent. All the other pretty ones are ventral-less, and the only other baby with both ventrals isn't that nice. So, I'm probably not going to have anything from this spawn to send to the IBC shows this spring.
I'm reviewing my fry care methods, and planning my next spawn. Due to the lovely toplines, dorsals, and bodies on these babies, and how wonderful the parents were, I'm considering doing a respawn of this pair. Still a bit too early to judge color and finnage, as this spawn is way behind where they should be. I've learned that this is often the case with breeder's first spawns, so I'm not discouraged.
On a happier note, my favorite little male from this spawn, Rawr (#1), decided he was a big boy and is practicing his bubble nesting skills! He's flaring at mom at the moment (she couldn't care less) He's a very nice red with minimal iridescence, and full of personality just like his dad!
I also have a nice little red female with one ventral that looks promising! Definitely one I'm gonna keep my eye on.
Solstice - cellophane HM female