Great meeting last night - I got to see a bunch of folks I haven't seen in a while, and there was a ton of cool stuff in the auction.
So - what did ya get ? Anybody buy anything they especially love ?
I got 3 sets of fish with an eye towards the breeding initiative:
a) a nice pair of laetacara curviceps
- cool dwarf cichlids that are not always easy to find.
b) a sweeeeet pair of fundalopanchax garnderi
killies -- very big, and the male is wicked colorful
c) one male and 3 female red swordtails - they look more like velvet than brick red to me. The male has an excellent tail spike, looks like great stock.
I'm hoping the killies will start breeding fairly quickly - their definitely old enough.
I think the curviceps will need a little time - so I put them in an otherwise empty, extremely well planted 20g tank.
The swords - I think 2 of the females are already gravid, so there's a good chance of some fry soon. However, what I really want to do is cherry pick these for size and color, and work with them for a while.
Then I'm hoping to cross in some wild swords, and breed the offspring back to the pure reds.
Eventually I'm hoping to get some really nice big swords out of this - I'm quarantining them in a 10g tank for now, but I'll be setting up a 40g planted tank for them later and may use an outside tub in the summer for growout and color enhancement
Funny thing is - I wasn't looking to buy anything last night, I was just planning on hanging out and being social. But those killies and swords caught my eye, and the curviceps were too cheap to let go....
So what did YOU buy ?
Its new, its improved (its still a work-in-progress)