So, since the first spawn did not work out, went to Plan B, er, actually Plan E, as this was my fifth priority spawn, in all my best-laid-plans.
Where my DT X HM pair were like Sheldon and Amy on BBT, this pair are like bunny rabbits.
Seriously, less than ten minutes together, and she's dropping eggs.
Now, whether we'll get actual fertilized eggs or not remains to be seen as he can't quite figure out how to wrap her, but he's making valiant efforts and the two are quite focused on their task.
My crappy camera does not begin to do justice to this imported boy. He is copper and white on his body, has marbled to solid copper and back to this pattern, in just a few short weeks, really fun fish. (Oh, and his tail damage is from where he jumped a divider and had a small rumble with his neighbor a couple weeks ago--he now has an extra barrier to keep him out of trouble.)
Breeder's pic of him--he's changed a lot:
Breeder's pic of her:
My bad pic of her:
You can see she's pretty eggy in this one:
The two at first intro:
Right after that one, they went back into the bushes and got busy.
Never thought I'd do CTs first, but hey, gotta work with whoever Mother Nature says is ready.
The bonus is the next spawn will be either HMPK or HM for sure, and I may be able to combine the two spawns in the same grow-out, not to be counting my chickens before they are hatched, or even before the eggs are laid...