I still thought my transcriptus were pretty young, I tried to buy them young and raise them together. But, after just a couple months, saw some tiny black specks flicking around my tank. Babies! Now there's tons of them in there, seems like more every couple days. Some of the big ones are getting relatively pretty big (finally big enough for pictures) but it seems like I keep noticing more smaller ones. I've got a little coconut house in there mom protects and keeps all the babies in, they're not allowed outside until they're older. Dad stays a little above mom and keeps the other fish well away from the babies. He doesn't allow any fish in the whole bottom of the tank. Good parents, keep the babies away from other fish... and the camera.
Current tank setup: 2 transcriptus (one male and one female
) and 9, count 'em 9!, algae eaters: 3 flying foxes (for the stringy stuff) 3 otocynclids, 2 butterfly flat things (always get my butterflys mixed up) and 1 clown pleco. By they're combined efforts I only have to scrub all the algae out of the tank every couple minutes. Good healthy tank, 20 gal hexagon, heavily planted and lit, plants growing CRAZY I trim about 8 inches off the top every 2 weeks or so. Makes for plenty of cover for the little uns. Temp looks to be 74 degrees.
Enough talk, on with the PICS!
And the mommy:
Hard to get a picture of someone who can hide behind a blade of grass, not to mention the protective dad:
How many do you see?