Spawning is complete... the male chased the female off and so I removed her to a medicated bowl where she can have something to eat and recover before going back into her tank.
The male seems to be guarding the nest and not eating the eggs... I am watching him very closely and will pull him out at the first sign that he is eating them.
I am near Portland Oregon. We decided to try our hand at breeding for a couple of reasons... first we thought it would be fun to raise the babies... and my daughter is keeping track of the whole process to use for a science fair project. She is trying to guess the color outcome of the fry based on the known genetic combinations. We have a local pet store that will take some of the spawn and several friends lined up who will take others and if we have any really nice fry we will try our hand at showing through IBC.
The corner filter was bubbling very slightly but I went ahead and turned it off.
Here is a pic of the male. We call him Marco.
I didn't get any pics of the female before I put her in the breeding tank and because I'm breeding them in a plastic tote it was hard to get pics of them through the side... very cloudy. I will take some of the breeding tank later in the day.
Having trouble with a picture so here is a link: