Well, it's been a while for me to visit this post, and now brood number two is free swimming all over the tank with mom and dad bullying the other tank inhabitants just because they are there - but nothing serious or harmful.
My new question is this (always have to have more questions as a newbie!)... the HRP family needs to move to our smaller 40g tank soon and the fun of catching all those babies just thrills me to death
So when I start catching the little buggers, should I put one of the parents in the new tank before putting the babies so they can start doing the parent thing right off the bat? And if I don't catch them all the first go round (and I doubt I will), then leave the other parent in with the remaining little ones until I've caught all of them? That way, each group of babies has a parent to protect and help them...
And the last question of the day is... how long can I leave the little ones in the tank with the parents safely? I want to delay the next spawning and I'm hoping that having a houseful of kids running crazy will take them out of the mood so to speak!
Thanks everyone, you guys are SOOOOO helpful!