Hey all, followers of my first spawn log thought I should create a separate log for my second spawn. The last of the eggs are still hatching right now, but we have bobbers! The yellow dad is the father of this spawn as well and he is doing great. He is a bit of a bully. The mom lost a few scales, but kept her breeding bars and breeding behaviors so I left them together. She is doing great now in a recovery tank, eating lots, and very active.
I spawned these two using a modified shock method. Originally I had this male with another female, and employed the regular shock method. She had no response to him at all, and the water temp seemed to shock her in a negative way. I removed her after a few hours of no courtship behavior.
I then decided I would try him with another eggy, lovely candidate instead of scrapping the spawn. I removed the male to a small tank and left him in an unheated room for a day, feeding him lots. The female had been on her own for two weeks, recovering from a previous spawn attempt. I kept her in a smaller glass container and mass fed her for a few days as well.
I rearranged the tank, and moved his nest. Because he's sort of aggressive, I decided I would jar mom first and see their reaction. She's a bit smaller than him so I wanted to make sure she'd be OK. So with temperature shock and introducing at the same time, but with the female in a chimney, is the modified part of the shock method. She immediately barred and darkened upon seeing him, flaring at him and trying to get at him though the vase. The dad moved the nest to right next to the vase, showing off I guess
She followed his movements and was obvious wanting to get started but I decided to let them be for a few hours. I wanted to see if the male would add to his nest, showing interest in the new female. When I got back from work about 7 hours later, the nest covered about 1/3 of the spawn tank (a 10 gal) and the female was still barred, so I released her! Lots of chasing on her part, she even nipped him. They both hung out under the nest for a little, then came the male biting and chasing. This went on for about a day and a half. Then the female came out wiggling at him and following him to the nest. They spawned while I was gone, unfortunately, so I didn't get to see them. She kept trying to spawn with him, but he was really aggressive with her and was already focused on moving the nest and tending to the eggs, so I removed her.
As of now? The eggs are finishing hatching! Here are photos of the pair.
About mom - She was listed as a hmpk but looks more like a hm to me. In full flare she has 180. What do you guys think about her fin type? It will be interesting to see in the fry.