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Wild b.Splendens Male x Feral b.Splendens Female

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Something I have wanted to try for some time after getting my hands on some feral NT splendens.  It has been some time since I have had a spawn and want this to be a success!

Male:
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Female:
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Set up the pair on 22/10/18
Switched to sibling sister on 24/10/18 (1st female not interested in male)
Released female on 25/10/18
Spawned on or around 26/10/18
Eggs currently hatching 27/10/18

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I might actually set up a feral x feral spawn as well and compare the offspring...

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Awesome project! I really do love the look of wild splendens. Haven’t ever seen a longfin halfmoon with that colouring. Surely someone must have tried it by now. 

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There was someone in the US who did an Imbellis x HM line - the resulting fish were incredible.  The wild look head and body with HM finnage and Imbellis colouring.  The Imbellis red caudal crescent looks amazing on a HM

 

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Removed the male this morning.
Fry had first feed of Vinegar Eels
Setting up BBS hatchery in the morning

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I didn’t have vinegar eels. It was probably a mistake. I will have to get myself more organised for the next spawn. 

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Moved the fry onto BBS today.  Can I just say, these are the smallest damn fry I have EVER had!  One week old and only just now close to normal newly hatched fry.  I actually thought I had lost the entire spawn once they became free swimming.  I still have no idea as to what numbers I have at the moment.

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Betta emoji!! I’d forgotten about them! 

Interesting that the fry are smaller. Good luck with the fry numbers. Got some green water for them?

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Looking like I have between 25 - 30 of these. Thinking about re-spawning the male with a larger female this time. I fed them on Vinegar eels until big enough for BBS. They seem happy enough for the BBS now. 

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HMs are not on my immediate radar.  Next spawns will be CT, VT and the first stages of CTPK line.  

I want to see the results of the Splendens x Ferals before I look at potentially crossing out to HM.  I find the ferals have a darker body and more spread iridescence - something I'd want to pass on to a HM (if that is what I am planning ;) )

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On 11/15/2018 at 3:08 PM, shadoh said:

HMs are not on my immediate radar.  Next spawns will be CT, VT and the first stages of CTPK line.  
 

Yay for crown tails. Need more self-bred crowntails in the shows. 

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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). 

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Not Happy Jan!  Looks like I overfed this batch!  Most have swim bladder probs.  I will starve them for a couple of days and see how they go.

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Quick update on these guys. I'm struggling a little with them having swim bladder issues. Have moved them into a larger tank and increased the number of waterchanges and dropped amount of food. 

Here is a video of them when I was transferring them... 

:HMplakat:

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