I'm getting antsy so I figured I'd go ahead and start my spawn log.
I have cultures for Microworms, Vinegar Eels, Walter Worms, and Banana Worms on the way. They should be here either tomorrow or Friday I think. From the instructions the seller gave me it should take 2-3 days for the cultures to get going and after a week they should be doing really well. So I expect to start spawning on the 30th. That gives a little over a week for my cultures to really get going. I also have brine shrimp eggs and I'm doing a practice run with those this weekend (the big fish are going to get a real treat!)
Here are my breeders. I'm doing two spawns at once (hence the "double spawn").
Sid Vicious x Nancy.. Multicolor HM pair (both won at the GBBA show auction)
Its hard to tell from her pictures but Nancy does have red in her, mostly at the base of her fins. Her color is more purplish than blue.
For this spawn I'm hoping to get at least one male close to the father's coloring. I'm also hoping to get a good number of fish with his excellent fins. I'm hoping the mother can offset his shovel headedness. I'm expecting lots of reds, blues, washes, etc.
Rio x Ada Marble HMxSD pair (Male from GBBA auction, female from Zenandra
He has since marbled and is now mostly blue with a black head.
For this spawn all I'm really hoping for is marbles. This is a more "see what I'll get" spawn. I would like to start a marble line but I'm not sure if this is the pair I want to use or not.
My set up:
I'll be using two 10 gallons. Halfway filled with water and 50w heaters (if needed). I'll also have lots of java moss and a little hornwort in there, if I can get to the LFS to get more plants I may add more. I'm adding some MTS and my mystery snails to the tank to help create infusoria. I'll also be putting in a coffee mug or the like to act as a cave. The females will be going into gallon pickle jars to be set in the spawning tank.
I'll be using IAL to tint the water (I hope) and leaving a leaf in there for the male to use. In addition to that I'll put a styrofoam cup and a plastic lid to give the male choices for his nest.
After the spawning the female will go back to her respective tank (to heal before going in my sorority). Males will stay with the fry until they are free swimming (unless he starts eating all the babies). First foods will be infusoria from the plants/snails, followed by microworms and vinegar eels, then bbs, walter worms and banana worms as they become suitable.
Once I take the male out I'll be covering the tanks with saran wrap (tip from OFL
) to keep the air in the tank really humid. 50% daily water changes will be done. I'll slowly raise the water level over time until the tank is full.
After the fry are big enough they'll be moved to growout tanks. I have a 29 gallon and a 55 gallon to use as growouts (so my fry don't get mixed up). Each tank will have a DIY sponge filter (that I'll cycle with media from my established tanks) hooked up to a gang valve so I can adjust water flow.
My pseudo fish room is on my Mother's sun porch (it was her idea, Sid Vicious is her fish). There's not really airconditioning out there so it stays a toasty 78-82* out there. I may not need heaters for the tanks, I'm still deciding what temperatures I want my spawning/growout tanks to be. I'll get pictures of my pseudo fish room once everything is set up.
I've been conditioning my breeders for the past two weeks with frozen foods (but still also using pellets). For the next week or so I'm going to feed them solely frozen foods 2-3 times a day. If my cultures reproduce fast enough I may also supplement their diet with live foods.
I put Sid and Nancy next to each other today during water changes and she barred up immediately and began flaring at him, and he, her.
I have not tested out Rio and Ada yet.
I'll update this thread as I go along with LOTS of pictures.