I know.. I've been slacking in the picture department! Will get some real soon, I promise!
Update though - heavy culling left me with about 60-75 total..
Then last weekend during water changes I accidentally had the filters shaken/knocked over which released a bunch of waste/old food in the water.. the Ancistrus plecos love the tube in the top of the sponge filter and would get stuck.. so trying to remove them is when the filters released the gunk.. I did a large water change at the time, roughly 80%. The next day I started seeing some in both tanks go vertical at the very top.. did a small water change and vacuum up the gunk that settled. The day after that I started seeing dead fry.. 2.. 3 in the morning. Which for this spawn is very rare. Had only ran across roughly 4-5 dead bodies in the first 2 months so having multiple dead bodies, even just 2-3, was a bad sign.
Saw a couple scratching as well.. figured the gunk got into/onto them too much and was affecting them. Did another large water change.. but found more dead bodies throughout the day and the next morning. So I set up a 10g quickly with AQ salt (1tsp per gal) and put all the babies in there for treatment and then broke down the 29gs. They stayed in the 10g for roughly 5 days for treatment.
In the end I lost about 9 babies total.. :( That had been my die off for this spawn.. a stupid mistake.
Now they are back in the 29s.. I divided them up and put the largest, healthiest ones in the top 29 - about 30 of them. They are doing great and getting big.
The bottom 29 is housing my "special needs" ones.. ones that are runts or swim a little off, etc. Those are the ones that will be getting culled first as I go along. Most are healthy looking, just rather small and would be picked on by the larger ones in the other tank.
Live plants, plecos, IAL, 80F and they are happy as can be.. in a week or so I'll go through the bottom tank and see how they are fairing. Cull any that are still "not quite right" from the scare.. let the little ones grow still as you never know, maybe some will have a growth spurt and I'll have a diamond in the rough. Picked up a 5g tank today for $2.50, so can use that for a couple of runts that I want to continue growing down the road.
But yeah, I'll get some pictures taken this weekend and show you all :) They are all very light bodied - taking after their mother. Some are showing signs of white dragon scaling, others are very shiny with blue/green cellophane. Some have clear/white fins, some red and some blue.. also a mix of blue/clear, and blue red butterfly patterns. Some seem to have blue at the base and red outer pattern.. so who knows! So far I don't see any purple like the mom, but right now they aren't too vivid so will be a bit before I know for sure.
I realized the mistakes I made with this spawn - as it was a very large spawn, things that work fine with smaller spawns didn't work so well with this one and it caused them to be a bit stunted. That much hormone in the water was too much.. so they are taking a bit longer to grow, but getting there.
Last edited by Myates; 04-12-2013 at 06:18 PM.