I'm spawning Rio again. This time to Angel, she's an HM with excellent fins and I think will produce some quality fish.
I'm going to try things a little differently this time. Instead of using a 10 gallon I'm just going to use a storage bin with a heater. I'm going to use java moss and pond snails. I'm going to use the bubble wrap for a nest site again because I had such success with that but I'm also going to be adding IAL (Thanks Vaygirl!!). There will be no faulty heaters this time. I'm going to suck it up and shell out the dough for a Visitherm or a Stealth instead of the Topfin heater.
I'm going to condition the breeders solely on frozen foods. No pellets at all. I think part of the reason that my last marble spawn didn't do as well as I'd hoped is that my breeders weren't as well conditioned as I would have liked.
I'm also going to be leaving the father with the fry longer. I believe I removed him too quickly last time. I'm going to leave him in until at least 4 days after the fry are free swimming (unless he tries to eat them). I may even leave him in longer than that, we'll just see how it goes.
First foods will be VE, after that I'm moving straight to BBS. The microworms don't seem to be giving the results that I want. Hopefully they'll do well on the BBS.
Here are my breeders:
Rio.. Marble HM. Proven spawner. Unknown age.
Angel... Marble (platinum?) HM. Never spawned. 5 months old.
I'm going to start conditioning them today. Hopefully I will put them in the spawning tank in 10-14 days. Normally I would try to condition them longer but I'm running out of time this summer so its basically now or never.
Keep fingers and fins crossed that this spawn goes well. I only have about 7 marble babies left from the Rio x Ada tryst. I hope to spawn them again but not until later this year or next year.