Well, that was quick! We just picked this pair up on Sat. January 2nd and noticed that the female was looking a little thinner at feeding time yesterday. Upon further inspection, we spotted a few fry hiding out near the substrate and a clump of Java moss. I collected 13 and moved them to another tank to grow out.
Method of Reproduction: Livebearer
Number and Gender Distribution of Parents: Pair
Origin of Parents: Tank Raised (Purchased from Frank Cowherd)
Approximate number of fry: 13
Date of Birth: (01/18/2021)
Parent Aquarium Conditions:
General Hardness: 158 ppm (moderately hard)
Average Temperature: 74◦ F
Average Nitrate: 0 ppm
Aquarium Size: 20” X 10” X 12” and 10 Gallons
Water Source: Fairfax tap
Water Changes: 1/3 per week
Filtration System: Sponge
Live Plants: Anubias, Cryptocoryne, Java Moss, & Guppy Grass
Small pieces of Texas holy rock
Substrate: generic natural colored medium sized gravel on top of CaribSea Flora Max
Lighting Type and Timing: Hanging utility fluorescent T8, 12hr on/12hr off
Food Fed to Parents and How Often: Flake, frozen daphnia, and/or live black worms 1-2 times a day.
Food Fed to Fry and How Often: crushed flake twice a day and any micro-organisms available in java moss/guppy grass clumps from well-established tank.
Moved the fry to an established 15-gallon tank with sand substrate, a large clump of guppy grass, a sponge filter, and temperature near 80◦ F.