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Black dragons have arrived!

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My black dragons arrived from Thailand on Tuesday. :cloud9:

One HM male and three females (plus one red cambodian for the other half). One of the females was bashed badly the first night and is now missing both dorsal and caudal fins, but seems to be rebounding like a champ. After that first grizzly night the sorority seems to be stabilising.

The male is in a 40litre planted tank which also has a few silk plants to buffer the water flow. He's the only inhabitant but might add some cherry shrimp later on. The breeder reccomended dosing with trisulfa straight away but have chosen not to (hopefully this doesn't prove to be a mistake!) He has couple of tears in his anal fin and what might be some ammonia burn on his caudal fin which I'm keeping a very close eye on. Here's a pic of my new boy - tips on settling in the imports much appreciated!

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Am doing 1/3 water changes every other day. I've got IAL in there and a mimimum dose of salt. Spose I'll keep that up till I see fin re-growth.

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Red girl

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Dragon girl, I think this is my pick for the first spawn...

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Aweful photo, but you can see the outline of this girl - she doesn't look as balanced to me as the other girl. I'll post a better pick when I get one.

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Here's a pic of the boy which shows the damage on his dorsal fin..he's had this since he got here. I'm hoping it's ammonia burn and not fin rot or melt. Should I be worried?

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Will do, thanks Betterazzi. On getting areally good look at his fins I was worried not dosing with antibiotics may have been a mistake (I try to medicate only when necessary). He was pretty timid at first but is now coming up to the glass when I go near the tank - and up to the surface when I lift the lid.

The girls are not timid at all - they are posturing at each other and zooming around the tank, straight up to the top when I go anywhere near the tank (hopeful for food) and starting to claim their own territories. No more damage since that first night which is good and that girl is healing quickly.

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He doesn't look too damaged to me over the dorsal... lovely boy - yes the dragon girl is a good match colour and form wise...

Congrats (:

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Hi Melbournebetta his dorsal fin doesn't seem to be getting better or worse - am happy with stabilised for the timebeing but I'd really like it to grow back in!

They have all settled in very well. The girst who's fins were demolished the first night are growing back nicely. The boy is enjoying his 40liter very much and his scales are starting to gleam which is nice. I've since turned the pump off in his tank as the flow was bothering him and I'm changing his water every other day anyway.

My 'pick' girl for him seems to have the dragon colouring coming over her eyes, which I understand can lead to blindness? So although I like her more I'm worried about perpetuating this in the offspring. I'll start a new post in the critique to start ask my gazillion qustions before breeding.

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