It's not that bad,LOOK you have a shoal of producing P's......From my under standing the type you chose to breed are of that nature (Nipping Fins)...The only way I would do it if I was in your shoes would be to put in some hiding places for the fry that are fin nipped to bad and need a place to hide,also for the ones that are doing the fin nipping I'll go get me a small Pacu and put in there with them....He'll be bigger than them so they will feel small and go into hiding and come out nip his fins and run back into hiding....Don't get me wrong I'm no fish expert,It's just after reading up on this post of yours I went and looked into the type of P's you are breeding and this is a way I think would work in my option....Hope it get better when you get back into town....LW.....!!!!!!!!!!!not sure. i may just grow them out for a month to a month and a half then sell. i'm going to FLA for vacation late feb, so i may just grow out what's left till then, put on some size, and get rid of them, then. the largest are easily over 1", closer to 1.5". i theorize if i can get them to at least 3", it will get much better because the fin nipping won't be fatal. this sucks. i was hooked up w/ a distributor, but i will probably cancel because he is unaware of how bad the fin nipping has become and i don't think it would be good practice to sell to him if they are just gonna keep doing this. i'll see, i am gonna talk to him on monday.
i honestly will probably stop any breeding of them when i get back from my little vacation.
since i have a bunch of fry tanks, i might move on to something else that i can make a little $$$, but much easier to care for. i know it won't be much w/ something that is easier to care for, more of a community fish, but oh well. i'm just so disheartened right now.
Oh, I almost forgot your goal is to start a shoaling family of Spilosi actually do go ahead and a little while ago put a ton of floating plants in the tanks, what do i have to lose. but, it is likely to not make any difference or actually make things worse because they are oppostunistic fin nippers, esp. at this size and it may actually promote that behavior more...lying in wait for another fish.
time to get rid of somewow, just wow. i woke up this morning to another 5 dead, and 3 missing one eye. the dead ones were eaten in half w/ only the upper portion of their body intact.
i have been feeding them 4-5 times a day. now i am resorting to keeping rosie red minnows in there.
i cannot tell you how disheartening it is to have them reach this size, care for them for 7 weeks, and have this happen.
Yeah, that would be a very impressive site to see. Just like on Planet Earth on animal planet.this is probably just about it for me on this thread. i have good news, that a breeder in michigan is probably going to buy the breeder parents. he's bred natts for several years so i would expect him to have many gold macs/spilos available in a few months. if he can get all 3 of my pairs spawning regularly, that would be incredible...he def. is one of the few that would put the work into it, long term. so, if he does indeed take them for sure and you want some, just be patient...
as for me, i think i will keep about 20 or so of the fry and grow em out to adults. having a massive shoal/cohab of golds at feeding time would be quite a site to see...