So originally I told myself I wasn't going to start this spawn log until at least a week after the fry hatched. But I got some bad news and needed a distraction that would keep me busy, plus I'm hoping if anything goes wrong someone might be able to help along the way because I don't want a repeat of last time.
So here I go!!
Friday, August 17, 2012
Around 5pm I put both male and female into the tank using the shock method. These two beat each other up pretty bad last time so I kept a close eye on them. Funny thing though, grizzle had bubbles follow him for 5 minutes straight going around in circles. So I was no longer very worried.
At 6 I watched them wrap! There was no bubble nest, but they wrapped.. and wrapped.. and wrapped.. then bubbles ate the eggs... and they wrapped! All I could think was "Ahh!!! stop eating my eggs!!" She didn't do that last time, so I turned the lights off hoping it would calm her down.
Fell asleep, and woke up at 8 to find bubbles on the other side of the tank and grizzle chasing her away. It was time for her to come out he demanded! Still no bubble nest but sneaky grizzle has eggs propped up along the edge of the foam cup that's floating inside. Not a lot of eggs since bubbles has eaten most of them... but there's eggs regardless!
Not sure if you can see.. but this is the cup with the eggs propped up on the side.
Here's grizzle showing his torn fins. I wont lie his fins weren't fully grown back from his tail biting tantrum. But he was healthy, no fin rot and a LOT of fin regrowth that came back quickly, so the damage isn't as bad as I thought.
Bubbles on the other hand I am scared for. On one side of her belly she looks as if she is swelling a bit. He nipped her pretty good that shes missing a few scales.. in fact one is still half off. But shes swimming fine, and eating like a little pig so she is in clean water with AQ salt being watched closer by tiger (my cat which sticks to my side 24/7).
Bubbles good side:
Bubbles bad side:
The top of bubbles showing one side poking out more:
I don't have live plants in there or IAL since last time it put a lot of gunk on the bottom of the tank which made me paranoid to the point I didn't sleep for a week! But I have micro worms, walter worms, and banana worms just waiting to be harvested so food is ready and I figured if the eggs weren't fertile that grizzle would have eaten them by now so hoping for the best!