Oh hey guys, fancy seeing you all here :P My life has been crazy for the last 6 months, I won't bore you with the details, but I bought a condo and I'm moving on July 30th! It will be a crazy undertaking to figure out the fish situation.
I ended up with some major health issues for a while and paid someone to look after my fish. Someone who knows nothing about fish :( Amazingly, after ~2 months without food, NONE of the ocellata babies died. They are severely undersized for their age, they should be adult sized and they barely look like juveniles. They are finally putting on some growth, but I'm afraid they've been stunted permanently and will never reach normal adult size. I feel so guilty for leaving them to someone who didn't take care of them at all
I love them dearly though, and aside from their size they are all extremely healthy and energetic. Even the runts have managed to thrive lately, and the size differences between the fish are becoming less apparent. Today I was finally able to move the biggest guy (I think he's a male) to the parent tank. The adults totally ignored him XD They're such gentle fish. I don't know if anyone is interested in tiny stunted fish, but they're old enough and healthy enough to ship now. I would only charge the price of shipping, nothing else. I'm really more concerned about them being taken care of than money. I have no idea how big they will get, so I would prefer that anyone who gets one plan for a fully sized adult, just in case that happens someday.
I have not raised another spawn, the males have had eggs a few times but I just didn't have the time/energy to take care of newborn fry so if any hatched they quickly died. Now that I have the condo, I'm planning to buy a 40 gallon breeder tank for the adults. They are fine in the 20 gallon long tank as they have never been apart from each other, but realistically 4 of these fish should have 10 gallons each to themselves. They need more space to explore.
I ended up giving away my albimarginata, smaragdina and imbellis when I realized what had happened with the fish sitter. I was worried that if something else came up, I would have too many fish to care for and didn't want to risk trusting someone else again. I have my male patoti still, I believe he killed the female while I was away. I do not think this is a particularly aggressive species, he's just a very territorial fish. He is clearly not suited to live with other fish, so I'm not sure what I will end up doing with him. He has a 20 gallon to himself right now so I might just set up a new one for him at the condo to live out his life in solitude.
I am really looking forward to getting back into the forums now that I have a normal full time job instead of two crazy 38 hour jobs. I'm even making more money now!