I decided to start this thread as a place to keep track of the breeding of my pink convicts from prespawning to behaviors, thru the raising of their fry. For those who are interested in following along I will be making updates every few days or so. For pictures of the future mom and dad they can be found in the aquarium tab under my convict tank.
Here is what has been happening so far...
8/3 I purchased my pink convict pair, at the store they already had babies in with them that was born on 7/1 according to the pet store. The happy couple where placed into their new home, where they stayed mostly hidden among the caves and under the sponge filter most of the time.
8/8 The male has continued to stay hidden most of the time, especially anytime movement can be seen any where near the tank. Decided to try adding some dither fish to see if could make him more comfortable, 8 zebra danios. Within hours noticed the male starting to come out more into the open and not hiding as much under the leaves of the fake plants.
8/12 Have started to see the beginning of prespawning and mating behavior. The female has started to color up more, the orange on her belly starting to become more intense, also along her fins have started to see gold in the finnage near the body, and also along the edges of the fins starting to see a blue green color that can be seen when the lighting hits it a certain way. Have also seen the male and female starting to follow each other around and swimming together.
8/14 Have started to notice along the edges of the males fins the same blue coloration that I have been seeing in the female. Also the coloring in the females finnage has increased even more.
8/16 Can now see the females breeding tube, and beginning to see what I believe to also be the males breeding tube. Have started to see them also start to move gravel around.