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 male SF green dragon X female LF calico_Finally Spawned!!

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ktk05
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PostSubject: male SF green dragon X female LF calico_Finally Spawned!!   Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:37 am

I've been waiting for this pair to spawn for a while now, and how rewarding to be there to witness it happen!  This is the father's first spawn and the mother's second.  The mother has been gravid at least 2 months now i'd say.

My boyfriend and I were laying in bed watching them from afar.  The male was in the cave and the female resting on top of it.  Finally, he let her in and they were in there together for about 8-10 minutes.  He came out first followed by her.  He quickly (and quite meanly IMO) chased her off.  Then he started fanning right outside the cave entrance.  After a couple minutes he went back in the cave and has been in there ever since as far as I know.

The female still has an egg attached to her.  Has anyone ever seen this before?  The photo was taken roughly 2 hours after the spawn.  It's crazy how skinny females are right after they spawn!

I plan to keep and raise these fish in a separate tank to keep a close eye on their development and coloring.  I can't find documentation of these two morphs breeding before.

Also, I am nervous about the dad because of one thing.  I mistakenly fed some sinking pellets (I was attempting to feed a grouping of mystery snails.)  Even though the lights were out it still created a mini feeding frenzy.  I hope this didn't scare him too much (especially with this being his first spawn) and cause something to go wrong.

Mother, notice the egg?



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PostSubject: Re: male SF green dragon X female LF calico_Finally Spawned!!   Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:54 pm

Today the dad abandoned the cave so I am again hatching the eggs myself. As long as they're fertile everything should be ok. They should hatch by the 22nd.

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PostSubject: Re: male SF green dragon X female LF calico_Finally Spawned!!   Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:39 am

Congrats, cant wait for progress Smile

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PostSubject: Re: male SF green dragon X female LF calico_Finally Spawned!!   Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:23 pm

Well 4 of the eggs fungused and I removed them Sad And so far 7 have hatched!  I can see the spines in the other eggs, I feel like they all should hatch.  It seems like they are taking forrrreeevvvveerrrr to do so though.
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PostSubject: Re: male SF green dragon X female LF calico_Finally Spawned!!   Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:04 am

They have all hatched! I think I counted 62. I did a 25% water change on the "holding tank."



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PostSubject: Re: male SF green dragon X female LF calico_Finally Spawned!!   Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:32 am

Congrats on your hatch Smile 
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PostSubject: Re: male SF green dragon X female LF calico_Finally Spawned!!   Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:02 am

Thank you, they seem to be doing well today (1 day old.) I see just a couple that I believe are albino (they don't have black eyes.) It's hard to tell when they are this little because they don' develop their pigment for another day or two.
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PostSubject: Re: male SF green dragon X female LF calico_Finally Spawned!!   Sat Aug 24, 2013 4:16 pm

My boyfriend was able to snap this great shot of the fry this morning! They are 2 days old now and most are a grey color. It looks like 2 might be albino, but I'll have to wait a few more days to know for sure.

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PostSubject: Re: male SF green dragon X female LF calico_Finally Spawned!!   Sat Aug 24, 2013 4:34 pm

They sure are looking good Smile  think I might have a look for some adults dont think I can wait for my baby's to grow  
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PostSubject: Re: male SF green dragon X female LF calico_Finally Spawned!!   Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:49 pm

they look great
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PostSubject: Re: male SF green dragon X female LF calico_Finally Spawned!!   Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:35 pm

Here they are at three days old. There a lot more albinos than I originally thought.







belly shots!


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