Tuesday, 29 March 2011

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29th March - The biggest one walking around

Day 43 (26)

My largest one has grown overnight, its nearly 4cm in size now, and you can see its tiny rear legs now. Its using its front legs to navigate much more now.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Day 42 (25)

I am able to feed most of them frozen bloodworms now, am cutting them into 3mm sizes then with plastic tongs put it towards their mouth, it looks like they can smell it as you can see the movement (interested movement) as soon as its near them, but not sure if they have noses so it could just be good eyesight.
I even left two small worms in tub overnight and they were gone in morning so they seem to be able to find dead non moving food, so again is it smell or sight?
They eat them in the same way my little frogs do too, they seem to do do everything the frogs do, eat food same way (just without using their feet), go to surface for air, do zen positions.
My biggest one is growing quick now, its getting real big, hard to believe only 3 weeks ago it was born. Its nearly 3.5 cm in size now.

The smaller ones still not intterested in the frozen stuff yet, they can only eat the BBS.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Day 31 (14)

Day 31 (14)
I have even more tubs on my desk now, have split them again. 1/5/3/3/6/3/4

they growing reall quick, some are 4 times the size when they were born.

Three deaths

Day 31 (14)

Three more have died today, now down to 25. Two of them were the largest ones I had and one is the smallest.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Day 29 (12)

Day 29 (12)

I have split the hatchlings into 5 tubs now as they were getting a bit bigger. They are now in 1 / 5 / 6 / 8 / 8

The tubs are a bit clearer so makes it easier for me to see the BBS moving about.

I had planned on putting them in the tubs relative to the size of the hatchlings but the things too damn quick to catch. Never seen something move so quick in my life, at least double the speed a platy fry is when born.

Some of the hatchlings are much bigger than the others, like my frogs these are facinating to watch them move about and try and eat some food.

Several of the bigger ones you can clearly see the blood vessels in the gills but its really hard to take pics of that. After watching them it seems they also use their gills to detect movement of live food.

Now they are bigger you can see inside their bodies, you can see its stomach and its poo tract. You can see the poo clearly in its tail and its anal cavity is near the end of its tail rather than near the body. On average the poo travels 4mm along the tail and then exits.

Four of them you can see the front legs forming, they are just below the gills and look like white and flop about so not rigidtity to them yet, and unless you knew what to look for you would just think it was part of the gill. Again impossible to photograph. (the front legs come first not the rear ones)

Here is pics of all 28 hatchlings

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Day 27 (10)

Day 27 since Eggs were laid and 10 days since first ones hatched.

Day 27 (10)

Here are the latest pics, just done a water change.