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This weekend, we went to Tropiquarium to search for the elusive Last Fish For My Tank. I didn't really find it, but! there were some huge and awesome butterfly teles that were spawning something fierce. I went back and forth, then sucked it up and asked someone to bag me the plant that was in their tank, and any other eggs that could be moved. It was awkward for sure, but who knows! I just had to. Anyway, three days later, a bunch of the eggs have hatched. I won't do a count yet, as I've convinced myself that most of them are already dead. I learned from my last go: more fuss = more accidents. If they're dead, that's not gonna change. But if they're alive, well I could change that easily by poking around to check. Anyway, I'm really looking forward to see what comes of this! Ultimately I'd be really happy if I could raise around five, but I'm not starting off with a huge number so those expectations would be a bit high. These are the parents. The moor was the one dropping the eggs, and from what I could see/remember, the rest all had their part in chasing her. Really hoping for that kirin one to have contributed, but as you can see he was mostly interested in Gonna keep this thread for updates/questions/etc. Hopefully lots of pictures.
I have 2 month old butterfly telescope fry. Some are developing well, others I just had to see what they will be. Anyway, I'm struggling at what depth their water should be kept. Sometimes I read 12-18" but that had to be for much bigger fish. Something I read said 1" water for every centimeter of fish. That's just too little, even if I include the tail length. I'm just lost. I moved the bigger ones into a 20L and filled it up a touch higher than what they had (about five inches), and it seems like soooo much for the smaller ones in there. Like I said, I'm kind of lost here. I want them to have as much water as they can, but I would also like to give them the best chance to grow those tails out nicely..... and I will admit, changing anything is hard for me with these little things.. i do recall waiting months to fill up the tank that my first two grew in. This is my biggest one - two are just a touch smaller (sorry these pictures are so huge) and this about is the size of the other three If you have any advice for me, with the water depth or otherwise, I would really appreciate it!