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.
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.
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.