12-19-2012, 03:11 PM
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Well, honestly the reason I have so many Pandas in the stocking plan is that every now and then fry seem to get by, even in a community tank, and I'm accommodating for that. When I got them the very first time I had planned on having only 10 of them, like the others - but since they breed pretty much daily, they keep slowly adding to their numbers. Right now I have under a dozen, but I suspect in a couple years I may have around 18.
I might have tried to rehome the occasional fry if they weren't already my favorite fish in the aquarium, though. I really enjoy seeming them appear and grow up sporadically. The fry will start schooling with the adults when they are the size of an adult's caudal fin, which is incredibly cute. They are really cute together - they actually look like they are playing with each other, and they have particular friends within the school that hang out with each other. They also tend to be shy in the day time, and are mostly out in the mornings and evenings. So the more of them I have, the more likely I am to see them hanging out together in the day time. They are awake during the day, just under the driftwood or plants or something - they like "a roof over their head" during the day. I also like the way they bumble through the sand looking for their food.