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March 28, 2011
Boris and Medea Luna chose a fortuitous time to spawn.  Yesterday I took 24 small angelfish to Tropical Imports and traded them for food and two Rummy Nose Tetras.  I then moved 52 Angel Fry from Boris and Medea Luna’s last successful spawning, the first in 2 and a half years, into the grow out aquarium.  I kept the smallest of the previous brood, that of Lefty and Digitalis, to raise with the newcomers.  Lefty and Digitalis laid eggs a few days ago and I cannot find them.  I’m not certain if they are gone or if they are hidden.

Boris (bottom) and Medea Luna with the spawing from earlier today

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March 18, 2011

Boris (top) and Media Luna two years later

Boris, Medea Luna, Lefty and Digitalis are about to celebrate their second anniversary since moving to Mt. Washington shortly after the nitrates dropped in the aquarium we had set up two weeks earlier.  Boris and Medea Luna with Digitalis laid a batch of eggs four days later on March 31, 2009.

Boris and Blue Ram

Boris and Medea Luna laid a batch of eggs about a month ago.  The young were removed with a turkey baster just before they became free swimming.  They are living in the bathroom in the nursery aquarium.  The parents moved them about and chased away the single Blue Ram and the two Cardinal Tetras, the last remaining fish from the originally stocked aquarium from March 2009.  Lefty and Digitalis have a brood of 2 week old fry right now.  This is the largest brood ever I believe.

Boris (top) and Medea Luna

Boris and Medea Luna are paler than usual tonight.  I will photograph Lefty and Digitalis tomorrow when there is daylight.

Rummy Nose Tetras and Angelings

These little beauties are the offspring of Lefty and Digitalis and they were born quite a few months ago.  I cleaned out the filter in the growout aquarium.

Breeding Stock Fledgling

This guy is from two broods ago.  I saved the prettiest of the brood.  This fledgling is the pick of the litter.

11 Rummynose Tetras and some Angelings

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November 28, 2010
Boris and Medea Luna have hatched a small clutch of eggs in the past week.  Several days ago I counted 21 wrigglers.  The community aquarium in which they reside has a drastically reduced population since last year.  The tanks was most likely overstocked and the ecosystem could not handle the numbers.  Now, other than the pair of Angelfish, there is a single Blue Ram and a pair of Cardinal Tetras (down from 6 and 10 respectively).  I fear for the lives of the wrigglers the minute they start to swim, though nothing has been quite as bad as the bands of marauding fledgelings that for only short periods of time resided in the community aquarium.  The hatchlings may get sucked into the filter, or eaten.

Boris (right) and Medea Luna lock jaws

This afternoon, Boris and Medea Luna began to lock jaws.  The bottom line is that though aquarists have long witnessed the jaw locking of Cichlids including Angelfish, and though it is commonly associated with mated or courting pairs, it is uncertain if this is aggressive behavior, romantic behavior or dominance behavior.

As an aside, Lefty and Digitalis have a small brood that hatched the day before the fry of Boris and Medea Luna.

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Aquarium Rainbow

September 3, 2010
Every afternoon when the late afternoon light comes in through the west door, there is a beautiful rainbow on the wall behind the growout aquarium.  The Rummy Nose Tetras and young Angelfish get very active at that time.

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Today I caught 10 baby Angelfish from the bathroom nursery aquarium to transfer to the growout aquarium.  Last week, while Mom was still here, I took 20 Angelfish that were born this spring to Tropical Imports to trade for $30 credit.  I did not buy anything that day.  After doing that I moved 15 baby Angelfish into the growout aquarium that only had the six smallest Angelfish left.  After this release, the Growout Aquarium will contain 10 rummynose tetras.  Of the 10 I bought last spring, only 3 had died, and last week as part of the earlier delivery of Angelfish, which included the 3 gold adolescents (Paris and friends) which only netted me $10, so I replace the three dead Rummynose Tetras with 3 small ones, wiping out the stock at Tropical Imports.  Dean said Gold Angelfish were not popular.  A few days later they were gone from the store.  I hope they went to a good home.  I can’t remember how many spring Angelfish I sold that day.  I think it may have been between 20 and 25.

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July 24, 2010
Two weeks ago, as Lefty and Digitalis were preparing to lay more eggs, I decided to get a new 10 gallon nursery aquarium since Daryl asked for the borrowed aquarium back.  On July 9, I wrote:  “
I caught 17 more fry for relocation.  Total 63.  There are at least 21 remaining.“All of the fry left with the parents and they eventually vanished as did the new batch of eggs.  It’s a mystery.  Meanwhile, there was some mortality among the 63 fry that were put in the nursery aquarium in the bathroom.  There are probably at least 30 fry still alive, though it is difficult to count them.  I took some photos a few days ago.

Month old fry in Nursery Aquarium

The fry are eating well and growing and the largest are beginning to look more like Angelfish.  I would like to move them into the grow out aquarium within two weeks, but first I will need to take the largest youngsters to Tropical Imports to trade them for store merchandise, perhaps a Clown Loach to eat snails even though the Clown Loach is not an Amazon species.

Month Old Fry in Nursery Aquarium

Update: August 5, 2010
The spawning that prompted moving the fry a few weeks ago vanished, but about a week and a half ago, I placed a piece of slate in the aquarium with Lefty and Digitalis.  Within days, they spawned.  This was last weekend.  Many eggs were not fertile, but they did hatch and the wrigglers were moved around for a few days.  Monday, August 2, they began to swim and for the past two days, they have been eating newly hatched baby brine shrimp.  There are about fifty fry.  The fry that were moved to the 10 gallon aquarium should probably be moved to the grow out aquarium, but not until I take the largest inhabitants to Tropical Imports.

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