when you said 2.5 inches how big is your male? you male has to be either bigger or equal size, but make sure your female is not to small because he will suffocate her if too small, if to big he is not able to wrap around her and get the eggs (i know somethings XP). that was my problem... well besides conditioning them XP but now i have babies to take care of (i meant fries xP)
no idea what "tube" ahaha she has stripes as a marking however, and it says "look for stripes" well.... heh? lol. "or look for white tube"....... Hm. I think I will just see that my female gets plump lol.
Also, "feed just bloodworms" I don't feel that is right. Should I just be feeding them both bloodworms and flakes (as I usually do anyways)...anything else?
I think I posted this somewhere but conditioning depends on my fish. I usually condition 3 weeks mixing frozen pellets and live food if I can get any. 2 weeks they get water changes and heated water the last week they are in tiny little containers with no water changes no heat but same feeding 3 times a day. Then plop into the water at the same time in the evening no gradual floating in the container to acclimate... shock therapy lol its kinda a new method I have been trying but its working for me OFL recommended the tiny containers with no water changes once for a very picky male and it worked I also tried it on another male and got great results. If you have healthy fish the one week shouldnt harm them.
blood worms dont lead to dropsy... and dropsy isnt a disease its a symptom of a system shut down... its a common misconception... bloodworms can lead to bloat also and flakes I think are harder to count and dont have good nutritional value
That's exactly what I thought. It even said for the fry "not to feed only live brine shrimp freshly hatched" so I thought, why feed just bloodworms to the adults? lol. And okay, I'll try watching for vertical lines :) hers is horizontal... which I know means stress but hers is again just her markings =D
I like this site better... at least people know what to do, or have tried something that works =D