I have several updates for those still interested.
Cannibal Lecter escaped out of his floating breeder after I'd introduced the week-old fry into the tank. I managed to net them back out and currently they're still in their temporary tank. 'Cannibal' is now big enough to take frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp so hopefully his growth will speed up with more regular feedings.
The fry are growing rather slowly because of the smaller tank, but are looking more like bettas and less like tadpoles. Will start doing more regular changes with peat-softened tap water soon to get rid of some of those hormones.
My male rutilan was holding all of last week, but I couldn't find anything so I assume that fry got eaten. Luckily, they bred again last night so should have some more fry the same time next week (some of which I should be around to fish out). These fish are fry-making machines.
More excitingly, my Betta albimarginata pair finally spawned! I had been feeding them live blackworms and doing water changes with cooler water to trigger something
, but all it took was me leaving the light off for two days.
The male is now holding a mouthful of eggs so I hope he doesn't swallow them like most first time dads. I've been wanting a home-bred colony of these, so hopefully I'm on my way to achieving that.
Here's a photo of Eddie and Khan. They're housemates for the time being since Khan's tank is on order.