Originally Posted by SpookyTooth
Aww I'm sorry you lost the fry but each time they spawn you get one step closer! It must be fascinating to observe these changes!
Yes. It's amazing...
I've been very curious (and nervous) as to how the dynamic in the community would change when/if the rams started spawning, so all of this has been purely fascinating on so many levels to me. . . learning SO much about my babies this week!
I can only wonder how things will play out next time around? I'd still like to continue trying with C.Cat and Liz in community, as every spawning has brought them so much closer to their goal - they seem to be learning very quickly from their past mistakes. Would rather not move them from a tank that they're so obviously comfortable in, if at all possible. Still. . . want to see them be successful at least once! I think now is the time for patience and observation - and more plants/rocks/territory barriers
Originally Posted by dave56
Do you know if it was predation by other tank members, or if it was the parents?
I'm not! And I was trying actively to figure that out! Their numbers slowly dwindled, but I was never able to catch any nomming from anyone. . . the rams do carry their brood around from place to place in their mouths. Maybe they accidentally swallow every once in a while!?
Generally, the community seemed fairly content to leave them, and their babies, alone. The Livvies aren't the only ones who have learned from experience! Of course I have no idea what goes on after dark, but was able to see their numbers slowly lessening throughout the day, so I don't *think* the loaches are attacking at midnight. Which is nice of them. ^.^
Busy busy day today, I'll try to get a proper update typed up soon.