That's the exact reason we are setting up our tank, and to house our tropical plants hoping that they will over winter. I am looking forward to see what your fry become too.@Telion - Actually, I put together this little nano tank so that I could keep some sprigs of anacharis, hornwort, water lettuce, and frog bit over winter, so that I could have fresh starts for next season. Finding healthy hornwort and anacharis around here is especially difficult.
I figured on stocking the tank with some shrimp and tetras for our entertainment, but I did not expect that the few plant clippings I took from the pond would have fertilized eggs on them! But, it has been a total blast watching these little guys develop! I hope they survive, and I can't wait to see what colors they will turn. I am pretty sure the female that laid the eggs is this one:
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This was the only fish that looked fat with eggs, and EVERYONE was chasing it in about the right time frame to produce these fry. And who the baby daddy is, is anyone's guess! There are various comets and shubunkins in the pond, so we may end up with something interesting out of the mix.
I moved the fry to an "upgraded" habitat, which happens to be a small cheapy aquarium kit from Wal-Mart. We are leaving for vacation soon, and I'll be leaving the tank with family members while we're gone. So I had to come up with as simple a system as I could, and we'll just have to hope that they'll still be alive when we get back!
That will be neat! There are so many interesting, and really colorful "minnows". Can't wait to see what you come up with!I need to hurry up with my tank. I am researching minnows for mine, as I love those fish. Want something to watch for the winter, and it sure sounds like a tank will be interesting. Thanks for the update.
The CPD's are beautiful with an amazingly long life span for such a small fish. I have kept mine in a species tank over the years. Great photos! Those little guys are fast movers. I found switching to manual focus really helps capturing images of them.@Tara - Did you ever put together your tank? I'd love to see what you came up with!
I evicted the babies from our tank, and got them transferred into the pond before it gets any colder. They're doing well out there, and swimming around with the adults.
I did some plant work in the little tank and added some celestial pearl danios (tank raised). They are absolutely fascinating! Pretty active though, so its difficult to get good pictures.
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Maybe once the long days of Winter roll in you'll find time to play with it. I have always loved the long tanks, and I'm sure you'll come up with something great for your 20 gal.Still working on it, I have the tank, a table I fixed up and lights. However every time I think I will have a free day something else has to get done. My tank is a twenty gallon long tank so I'm a little concerned that it may be too small, and also trying to find minnows for sale near me is proving difficult, as no one stocks them. I must say your tank is looking good, the plants have filled in nicely and those are pretty fish you added. I am hoping for some active fish myself that can also be added to a pond if they multiple, as I may build a small nature pond next spring.
I'm just fascinated with them! When I was a kid I fell in love with butterfly fish, but I think these little CPDs are now the favorite for tank fish. Active, and so much personality. Perhaps as they mature, and the males start to color up, I'll try for more photos.The CPD's are beautiful with an amazingly long life span for such a small fish. I have kept mine in a species tank over the years. Great photos! Those little guys are fast movers. I found switching to manual focus really helps capturing images of them.
Thank you for the link @Stephen Noble, I really enjoyed your article!They are amazing fish. I always get a kick when a visitor looks into their heavily planted tank and says, "Hey, there's little fish there!" It sounds like you are 'all over it' but here is a link that you might enjoy: https://www.petcha.com/keeping-the-celestial-pearl-danio/
If you feed them live baby brine shrimp the males will 'pop' in color. So vivid.
One thing I learned is they breed like rabbits. But the nice thing about them is pet shops will eagerly accept them.
I wish you success!
I'm excited to see what you do with it @Tara !I finally decided on a placement for my tank @Somethin' Fishy, it turned into something of a process as it was moved all over the house before I was finally happy with its location. So between been busy and moving the poor tank all over the house these weeks, I'm excited to finally be putting it together next week.
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