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Congratulations!!! Zym is so beautiful! And so many babies! Loved reading your breeding story, thanks for sharing. I’m also trying to breed and reading your success is inspiring.
 

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Home sweet home!
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Hungry for dindin!
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The bigger of the 2 larger sibs:
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I think they might be a male. They paled in color a lot today.

The smaller if the 2 larger sibs:
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I think this ones gonna be female.


Some of my fry have developed a problem swimming/staying upright. A couple yesterday and a couple more today. Maybe it's a swim bladder issue but im not sure. I feel bad. Their bodies have an S shape. I am keeping them in a cup on the surface to observe them. :(
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In the second picture one of the fish in the foreground (blurry, on the left) is positioned just right with an open mouth so it looks like it's swallowing one of its siblings in the background. 😂
 

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In the second picture one of the fish in the foreground (blurry, on the left) is positioned just right with an open mouth so it looks like it's swallowing one of its siblings in the background. 😂
Oh my gosh, thats too funny!! I see it :ROFLMAO:
 

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This guys current color is so beautiful to me 😍 I know it'll change more but I'm in awe today of his colors. Its a little more violet in person, very pale still. I should start thinking of names for Zyms siblings - ideas are welcome! For this guy, maybe something like Cloud or Zephyr 🤔
For now I am calling him brother.
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"May I help you?" He says
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And I will call this one sister. 🥰
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looks like she has a swimming buddy in this one:
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Love your painted background! You’re very talented 💜 I love looking at your fry tank they are so stinking cute and they really look like mom or dad so so awesome. Sorry about the babies you have to float, I hope they are already pulling through. It’s gotta be hard keeping an eye on so many babies. You are doing such a fantastic job raising your fry.
 

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Love your painted background! You’re very talented 💜 I love looking at your fry tank they are so stinking cute and they really look like mom or dad so so awesome. Sorry about the babies you have to float, I hope they are already pulling through. It’s gotta be hard keeping an eye on so many babies. You are doing such a fantastic job raising your fry.
Thank you, that is so nice of you to say! All the floating babies are still alive so that's good (y)
I'll attach a good photo of my painting so you can see it clearly, it was a fun abstract-ish experiment.
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Wow your art experiment turned out fantastic! It really speaks to me, I’m a Pisces. I like the name spook, one year we got three black kittens on Halloween and we named them boo, spook and twitch 😆 they were cool cats. Just thought I’d throw that out there for your spooky name ideas 😊
 

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Thanks! I hadn't painted fish before and didn't want to try for realism as I knew it'd be tough. My boyfriend is a Pisces too, thats awesome. Thanks for the name ideas! My black cat is named Midnight and she's like my little minion. 😍
 

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Good news! So I had 7 fry in the surface container for observation - 3 because they were tiny and not good at swimming, and 4 because they had the S shape and weren't swimming well. Today I released 4 back into the rest of the tank because they're doing great. The ones left are 2 of the tiny fry and 1 of the S shaped ones. Relieved they are pulling through.
 

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I have separated the smaller half of the spawn from the bigger half just so I can make sure the smaller ones are getting enough to eat.
There is a bully among them because I notice bits of fins missing but I've only witnessed chasing and staring down, no biting.
I am learning more about shipping so if anyone is interested in buying one let me know because it might be a possibility.
Tomorrow they will be 8 and 10 weeks old so I'll post some pictures :)
 

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I separated the other 2 siblings from the rest of the spawn in hopes of lessening bullying. I didn't see them specifically biting but maybe having the 2 biggest fry removed will lower aggression in others. 🤨 Idk, I'm also undecided on their genders.
I'm gonna call the bigger one Cloud and I'm guessing he's a boy.
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I'm gonna call the smaller one Pyrrah and I'm guessing she's a girl.
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And here's a picture of them both:
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There's another fry thats been standing out and I loophole their coloring, its a lot like Clouds but a darker face. I'm calling them "Squall" as requested by my dad. 😊
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I think there will be more fry with these colors. If anyone thinks they might want to purchase a fry in June, please let me know so I can plan accordingly. 💜
 

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Squall lightened up a lot overnight, do you think he's marble/koi or something? I have no experience with them so idk what to think.
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Here's some other fry getting more coloring.
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This one will probably end up with colors like Pyrrah and the Zubeia(mother)
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Several are developing darker blue like Zym and Avizandum(dad) who is cobalt blue.
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Some are light still.
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So because I've separated the smaller half from the larger half of the spawn, I think there'll be 2 separate sets of grown fry.
 

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Update on the original fry :) these photos are from Sunday.
Pyrrah has darkened up a lot since being moved into her own section of my 15 gallon tank. She is a jumper big time and I've never had a jumper before so I'm being extra careful. A couple of the smaller fry are also jumpers.
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And here's Zym
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showing off with a flare, I'm impressed with his shape.
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and his nest has increased XD
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This might sound dumb but I'm gonna switch Squall and Clouds names. So the bigger older sibling is now Squall and the smaller mostly white guy is Cloud.
Here's photos of Cloud, I think he looks like a koi betta. There's some others that are lightening up like him too.
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Heres some of the other fry coloring up.
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