7 weeks old
Well the fry are now 7 weeks old, and thriving. I have decided to keep most, if not all, of the females from this spawn. The reason why is because they are so healthy and robust. I have never seen such a healthy spawn in my life. My other spawns I have going at the moment are fairly healthy, but I do see deaths once in awhile, or deformities. I have not had any deaths or deformities or disease (The 3 D's lol) in these fry since they started free swimming, and they are bigger at 7 weeks and 2 days than I have ever seen or heard of before. It can't be due to my vigilance, since as I said, the fry from my other spawns do have the occasional death, and are not growing nearly as fast as this spawn, so I am assuming it is in their genetics. I've also had to cull about 10 fry from my purple/black hmpk spawn that had crooked spines. I believe that may be because the mom is DT. It's made me really rethink spawning DTs. I do have about 100 healthy fry from that spawn, but culling is so depressing. MY single tail spawns have never produced deformities.
I need healthy robust females. I am sick of spending a fortune on females only to have them drop dead on me out of nowhere, for no apparent reason. So I will keep the females from this spawn, and hope that any spawns I get from them will be as healthy. I'll probably keep a few males as well. Luckily working for a tropical fish store has its perks, as I have access to a lot of supplies for cheap/free that otherwise wouldn't be available to me, so I am able to keep large amounts of fish. Plus I can always keep fish at the store if I needed to.
If there's any interest I will create a spawn log on my other two spawns I have going, but if not, I'll just stick to updating this one every once in a while.
The other spawns are two weeks and four weeks of age.
I have only one fish from this spawn that I think may take after dads coloring. Well, maybe. It started off as brown, then turned cambodian, then the red fins darkened to black, the body lightened to white, and now is a cello. I'm pretty sure it won't stay cello, and I am hoping he/she will start coloring up again soon. If not, I may have to incorporate it in a koi pairing I have coming up soon.
Here is a picture of this spawn's current home. It's a 20 long with a sponge filter at either end, a heater, a small piece of driftwood, and lots of guppy grass, java moss, and a moss ball.