Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Central Iowa, USA
Fairy dragons/ fairy Betta project f1
Here comes my first attempt at my project. EE dragons! or as I would like to call them fairy dragons ^^
They will eventually be full dragon hmpk with beautiful Dumbo ears. I'm starting with red and want to work into other colors- next will likely be yellow or orange.
Mortimer- my beautiful EE male. This stunning little guy started pink like most of your red salamander EE but over his year long life he's turned a beautiful red with white bands on his fins.
Pros- Beautiful body form, lovely dorsal and huge ears, lovely asymmetrical plakat anal fin. Very quirky and cute personality
Cons- a few jagged places in his cadual, stubborn spawner* small size for a male ( likely from EE being fairly new)
Rita- approximately 9 months old, she's the first dragon female I purchased, she's a full mask, cherry red dragon hmpk with beautiful symmetrical fins and a full hm spread.
Pros- Beautiful body form, full hmpk spread, no scale problems, smooth fin edge's. Personable and friendly
Cons- has the beginning of diamond eye (never using her for a full dragon spawn), jumpy with aggressive males but willing to spawn
The only reason I'm using Rita is because I'm not spawning her with a male dragon, by outcrossing I should mostly eliminate the diamond eye. Im using her smooth hm fins to help with Mortimer's jagged cadual and her symmetry to balance out the fry
Right now they are attempting to embrace- i think his ears are getting in the way a little ^^ she's been willing since I introduced them Saturday evening but mort kept switching from courting to chasing then ignoring her. I conditioned them on mini mealworms and fly larvae ( and a few scuds) Rita became eggy very quickly on the fatty diet ^^
Flareing Rita was easy, she flared up at anyone willing to flare back, but Mort... He ignores anything outside of his tank except me with food XD so i had to make an exercise mirror to even get him to flare
Mortimer is handling the extra strain beautifully and has even blown his first real (and impressive) nest. He rests often because of the huge ears but I'm not worried, the water is shallow end ill be adding plants for him once they finish spawning.
I have a free 25 gallon tank to move the front to at about 3 weeks, I have vinager eels, Microworms, banana worms, walter worms and brine shrimp ready ^^ along with seeded sponge filters and meds to treat anything that might pop up. I also have newborn guppies! They can teach my Betta fry to eat non-living food ^^
Sorry I don't have pictures yet x.x I should have gotten them before they spawned but I'll get them as soon as i can i promise! The babies will be in a tote for the first few weeks so I'll try to get photos but no promises x.x
5 giant goldfish, 23 bettas, a dozen guppies, 20 bronze/albino corys and a random assortment of a few other community fish/ invertebrates.
1 adorable little frog, 5 cats, 3 dogs and a wonderful toddler aged daughter
Family fur-balls and fins <3