Thursday, September 19, 2013

My, How You've Grown!

The babies have been on their own for a full week, and I am thrilled with the results.

They have begun to take the shape of the gorgeous freshwater angelfish.

And they've begun to take on the colors they will have as adults. It's always fun to see how their patterns emerge, because each one is unique. This is at least the 6th or 7th batch of babies Lindsay Buckingfish (a black marble with an orange crown) has had with Stevie Fishnick (a platinum angelfish with a golden crown). The babies can emerge as black marble, white marble - or anything in between.

Here they are as they begin to leave the safety of the gravel and come out from behind the plant. If they had remained with their parents, they would have been corralled into the back of the tank behind the plant each time I came near. Instead, they are learning to trust me - and that food is always involved!