August 28, 2009
This morning I noticed that Angelfish Boris and Media Luna laid eggs again. Their last two spawnings had a very high mortality rate. The spawning from approximately two weeks ago only has two fry. The spawning from about four weeks ago has about 13. Once the fry become free swimming, they start to die. The most recent hatching was one of the largest hatchings, but within a week, there was a great die-off. It is possible that the time I introduced two generations to the nursery tank together, there was a similar die-off, and I accused the elder siblings of killing their younger brethren. I currently have 13 fry in the nursery aquarium and two in a bowl inside the nursery aquarium. I will transfer the 13 to the grow out aquarium after taking the largest fry in there to Tropical Imports to trade for frozen brine shrimp.
September 19, 2009
Much has happened since the August posting. I never removed the fry from the community aquarium and all were eaten. The two fry in the bowl were raised in the nursery aquarium alone after their 13 older siblings were moved to the larger aquarium. The two fry that were alone grew quickly. Last week they too were moved to the community aquarium after I took the the 10 largest youngsters to Tropical Imports to exchange for food about two weeks ago. Lefty and Digitalis are still with their most recent spawning, but I think Digitalis is filling with eggs, so I should catch the fry and remove them to the grow out aquarium. First, I have to catch the largest fry and take them to Tropical Imports. The largest individual I had, I gave to Daryl next door to add to his aquarium. Yesterday, Boris and Media Luna laid eggs on a leaf of a new plant I bought two weeks ago. I have also begun to use a product to remove algae, and it is working. The product is called Algaefix.