Well I've had a VERY bizarre turn of events. My newest fry is gone! Strange indeed. He was safely protected in the breeder box but now I've come home from work and I can't find him! My month-old is in there swimming around innocently but the other one is gone.
I'm perplexed to say the least. I don't know if he somehow managed to escape the box and got sucked up in the filter or if the bigger fry picked him apart or what.
*SIGH* Guess I'll have to wait until the next batch and try again. The big lesson in breeding is - you win some, you lose some, right? LOL
EDIT: 11:30 PM
OMG!!!!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I decided to clean the platy tank and do a PWC
and in the course of stirring up the gravel, I recovered 5 MORE BABIES!!!! 8O YAY!!!! :P
*doing a happy dance* 5 more fry! 5 more fry!
On a serious note though- I think my month-old fry was the cause of the demise for the one earlier today. As I started to put the other babies in the breeder box with him, he went after them like a shark. Not trying to eat them, but chasing them really aggressively. So I had to put the divider in there and separate them. GEEZ! He seems so agitated now divided off into that small section of what used to be "his tank" but I don't know what else to do. I would love to set the older fry free into the tank, but I really think he is just too small yet. Not to mention the tiny babies are so curious, they sometimes have managed to swim under the divider only to be chased back to the other side.
Well tomorrow is Saturday- maybe a trip to the LFS
is in order. maybe the purchase of another breeder box.... ah I love to spoil my grandkids.