Thanks everyone, I really enjoy the enthusiasm and support The father is a royal blue and purple VT and the mother is a black and purple CT. I should get some good color in the fry, hoping to produce a few nice purples, but no garauntees. I have no idea about finnage yet, should be interesting but I have spoken to a few who bred the same cross so we are all waiting to see lol. The babies have started hatching, Daddy has his work cut out for him now.
Things are going well so far, babies are not quite free swiming, just dropping and darting to the top and a few are really trying but just spiraling out of control lol, its so amazing that such tiny things can muster up any movement. Daddy is still doing a great job, he should be off fry duty tomorrow, and be able to rest. I siphoned crud off the bottom as much as I could yesterday before too many of them were falling, so its ok for a little bit. The tank only has about 4 inches of water in it now so can I just fill it with a drip as the first change, and when should I do that? I now have 3 ten gallons, 2 for grow out and one for spawning, I plan to get a 30-50 gallon for grow out and use the 3 tens for spawning and a sorority.
Im pretty happy with my spawn so far, most everyone is free swimming today and I have only had to pick out 4 dead ones, well 2 eggs that didnt hatch and 2 fry. I'm hoping my numbers stay up, Im guessing there are about 75-100 right now. Daddy gets to go back to his own quarters today.
Im still happy so far, I know there are at least 65 healthy, eating, babies. I had to do my first culling though there were 3 who couldn't swim, just jerk and spiral in no perticular direction, I felt bad for them. Is there any way to tell how many will make it? Like if some of them reach a certian age, they will more than likely survive unless something drastic happens.
I think that varies depending on experience but usually, once they reach a month old they are pretty safe unless something gets messed up (heater mishap, disease, bad water change etc...). Mine stop dropping off randomly once they are around 2-3 weeks old (unless I do something stupid, which has happened).