Hi gang it's been a while since I have posted, we have been very busy with new arrivals and learning how to care for them. Thanks all who have posted with their fry raising experiences the info was just what I needed.
I only have one guy left from the first surprise egg laying four months ago, I have two females, a black moor and a calico telescope and three males, an orange telescope, a black moor and a bluescale oranda in a 55 gallon so I have no idea who the parents are for each generation. They always do their mating when no one is watching.
This is Big Boy the only survivor of about 50 he is four months old.
Here is where it got a little wierd, these three came along about two months ago and they are all from the same batch, the only three eggs that hatched.
Here is a better shot of Little Boy
Here is the latest generation, (two weeks old) there are about twenty five in this batch, their bellies are full of baby brine shrimp.
Big Boy is in his own 55 gallon tank untill his brothers and sisters are big enough to join him.
One thing I have learned is that food really does matter, my first batch was feed Hikari First Bites and they were slow to develop, I tried raising brine shrimp for the second two batches and have not lost a fry. Maybe there is a connection. (PS thanks Devs for the post about hatching shrimp)
The other major thing is regular water changes and cleaning up after these little guys, there is lots of little fish poops every day to vaccuum up.
Raising fry is fun and I just wonder what they will end up looking like.