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  1. Hmmm...  Seems I still had a few of the mixed mutt guppies in the outdoor drum that I missed.  Went outside this afternoon to scrub out the drum and set up for new guppy spawns and was greeted by a few adults and about 40 babies...lol, oh well - looks like they have just established a summer spot to grow out...lol


  2. Loved the colour of the male when I saw him in store and was happy to find a female who would be a compatible colour match for breeding.  Hoping to get more with the colouring of the male.

    The pair:





    Set up the pair on 15/11/18
    Released female on 16/11/18
    Spawned on or around 17/11/18 During a storm
    Eggs currently hatching 18/11/18

  3. Hahahaha - I know how that goes with photos...  I usually forget to take decent shots of the parents beforehand.  Wow - 2 x a day water changes, that's dedication :)  Hope the swim bladdery ones come good, It's usually fixable at this age (with reduced feeds) so fingers crossed!

  4. I figure why not since I am not on Brisbane town water which thins out CT rays BIG TIME.  I am on the same water here that Paul Busman was on when he was breeding his Red CTs, so I know they do well in the local Redlands City water (we get out water from Stradbroke Island, not the dams that supply Brissie).  I'm excited to see how they go.  I tried breeding CTs a few times before when I was in Brisbane and each time ended up with dis-proportionally more females than males (2 x spawns all female and 1 x spawn 3 x male, the rest female). 

  5. Have released all females - all 3 females were starting to build nests in their own containers.

    Copper CT female went straight to the nest and the pair instantly tried an embrace - first time I've had instant interest like that.  No eggs as yet, but keeping an eye on things.  Female is helping build the nest...lol

    Orange female CT had made a couple of trips to the nest to inspect, but nothing yet.

    Feral female heavily striped and interested in the nest.  Male has started patrolling the tank looking for intruders...lol


  6. Hi ganaM
    Welcome to the forum.
    It sounds like you aren't too far off from being cycled.  As Bettarazzi mentioned - your readings will probably change once you introduce fish.  Depending on the tanks size and number of fish you are adding, I personally wouldn't add all your fish at once, but do it gradually over a week or two while keeping an eye on your parameters and staying on top of waterchanges.  

    Can't wait to see what your tank looks like once you have it completed with fish in it!


  7. Hi Plippy,
    Welcome!  You sound like you have some nice tanks there, would love to see some photos if you have any! (we are suckers for photos around here!)

    I'd love to find the time to get back into aquatic plants and mosses.  One day. 

  8. Last summer, I threw some mixed guppies into a drum and let them populate it over the summer.  It was a great little experiment and was very successful.  This year, I am going to refine it slightly.  I have some hybrids that I created with Opal Endler M x Redgrass Guppy.  I have set the pattern and very happy with the results after 5 generations.  I almost lost the lot recently due to neglect and it looked like I had lost the lot with the only survivors being 6 males.  Thankfully, I found a single fry in the tank and have raised it to a point it can be sexed....A FEMALE!!!  The plan is to continue raising her to a breedable size and put her with my best male to restart the population and raise them in an outdoor tub.

    I also have decided to do a second tub of a slightly more fancy single strain guppy or endler (anyone got any Medusa Roundtails?).  Let's see what I decide.

    Here is a pic of my hybrids I am calling Opalgrass Scissortail Guppies...







  9. So, now all responsibilities of shows and club activities are almost over, it's time to look at my next spawns that should take me through the summer.  I am looking at attempting a spawn every 2-3 weeks to try and stagger jarring out between spawns.

    So, here is what is lined up...

    Copper CT pair.
    Blue Grizzle/Yellow CT M x Orange F
    Feral NT Splendens Pair
    Wild Splendens M x Feral NT Splendens F
    Blue HMPK M x White CT F

    I also have 2 x 18 month old Red Dragon VT x HMPK females I am looking for a suitable VT male for.  The original idea was to make the cross, then spawn siblings to obtain fuller finnage VTs.  Unfortunately one of the males I kept as a breeder developed tumours all over his body and the other male died.  I have decided that it is probably worth pursuing using either a Red Dragon VT male or a plain Red male (dragon scaling will be rediiiiuced but will return in following generation.) The result will still give me the fuller finnage I was after.

    I will upload photos of the pairs as I set them up, then start spawn logs once successfully spawned and have free swimming fry (been caught out too many times with egg eaters)

    Watch this space!


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