August 5, 2016
It's been a few years now since I was actively working with my killies, so I was almost like a kid at Christmas when the first fry appeared magically this morning.
I was surprised this morning when I went down to feed my fish and found a few A. australe (orange) fry in the egg tray. All I had planned to do was check my mops and hope for a few more eggs, but the surprise is even more interesting because I have only had the young breeding pairs a couple of weeks. I think they arrived around the 20th of June and while I did find eggs a couple days later ... not many, but eggs anyway ... I really did not expect them to be viable.
It's now July 5th and the first of those eggs hatched ... in about 15-16 days! Normally I would expect A. australe to be 18 days to 3 weeks, so it was a great start to my day.
I have Fp. gardneri Makurdi eggs that are developing and even a couple from Pachy. sakaraymii. I picked some peat from N. guentheri yesterday and lo and behold ...Notho eggs to package up and incubate. I do have a couple orders of eggs scheduled to arrive this week, so I should be adding to the fry totals shortly.
Now if only I can have a good round of golf later today.