Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Overland Park, KS
Day 5--Spawning While with plakat
Wiley is one devloted dad!
April 25-Wiley protects the nest really well and most fish are now swimming horizontally. Used a small medicine dropper to remove some waste. Introduced some instant baby brine shrimp. Some ate it up..some too small so, feedings also consisted of egg yolk. Slowly added some water, after removing waste, to accommodation for loss of water. Am aggravated with self made sponge filter as, it is too big but done quickly. Yet, the fry seem to like being on it. They are also on the moss ball, and seem to really like my thermometer, which is suction cupped to the side. Temp is still 82 degrees and I put a glass cover over the plastic bin. I added some bubble wrap around ends as, our temps dropped and the slider door is close.
There are approximately 12 fry. I know this is low but, I also have a successful spawn so, I know I am doing things right to begin with and will use this as a learning experience.
Dad still taking small fry and moving them. He is now using a piece of plastic wrap that lays in the water, at the corner. Since I see no egg sacs, I am relying on small amounts of egg yolk, brine shrimp for the larger fry, and the infusia that is in the plants and moss balls. Also, since several seem to like the Fluval Intake cover, which I am using as my sponge filter, I am guessing there are nutrients.
Since dad is still tending, taking babies and putting them in safer places, I will leave him in. He is not interested in food but, I did notice him sucking in some brine shrimp for energy. Light is on, 24 hours and, I am sure he is tired. I bet he can't wait to get back to his relaxation tank!
I am still hopeful that I will get some fry from this spawning. I will take whatever God gives me and hope to learn a lot from this first breeding attempt that took.
On a second note, I had introduced col. Mustard to a marble blue plakat, loaded with eggs. She was about to burst. I released them into the second spawning tank and covered it. set up the same as first except, instead of bubble wrap, I used a cut styrofoam cup, soe IAL and added IAL extract for the breeding water. I have several floating plants in there and a moss ball. Will check on that tank tomorrow morning. As of right now, nothing going on but, I introduced them late. Lights go out soon so, hopefully, I see a bubble nest in there tomorrow.
Kelly Berrigan, OP, KS
All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small,All things wise and wonderful:The Lord God made them all!