Hobby Name of Fish: Black chin/metallic livebearer
Method of Reproduction: Livebearer
Number and Gender Distribution of Parents: 1 male and 2 females
Origin of Parents: Tank Raised, from PVAS auction several months ago
Approximate number of fry: 30
Date of Hatch or Birth: Sep 17, 2022
Date of Free Swimming If Hatched: N/A
Approx. Number of Fry at 30 Days: TBD
Approx. Number of Fry at 60 Days:
General Hardness: 150 ppm
Average Temperature (72-76 F)
Average Nitrate: < 40 ppm
Aquarium Size: standard 5 gallon
Water Source: Rockville MD tap water with Seachem Prime
Water Changes: 80% once a month
Filtration System: sponge filter
Additives: ½ cup of crushed coral
Live Plants: Water lettuce, guppy grass to keep nitrates down
Spawning mops and sponge filters to provide hiding spots
Lighting Type and Timing: Home Depot light, 12 hrs on/12 hrs off
Food Fed to Parents and How Often: Tetra Color Tropical Flakes morning and evening. Freshly hatched baby brine shrimp every other day.
Food Fed to Fry and How Often: Finely ground dry fry food morning and evening, Freshly hatched baby brine shrimp every other day.
Additional comments: These fish are quite hardy and have been breeding like clockwork with large numbers of fry. This latest batch of fry are enjoying their new abode using “Dean’s Fry System”. It is very convenient for feeding the fry and for keeping track of their growth. The fry are kept with the overhead lights off, so they only receive indirect lighting from nearby tanks. Also they have a little guppy grass for cover and to provide some biofilm/nutrients.