So we’ve all but forgotten about the original Lightning Maroon, so I figured it was time to first step back and see how she’s faring. Sadly, the Baytril-laced feeds do not appear to have had any effect. About 18 days ago, we switched from the Repashy Gel to soaking Spectrum Thera Pellets with 0.05 ML of the injectable Baytril and approximately 0.15 ML of Brightwell’s MaxAmino, which seems to encourage a highly strong feeding response and probably serves to mask the flavor of the antibiotic. This got us back on track from a dosing standpoint; while there were a few days where the fish completely refused food (generally on days where I’ve scraped the algae off the glass), most days see better than 90% being consumed. Despite this success in treating, the Lightning Maroon has had more pop eye, more recurring mouth problems, and is currently showing signs of both mouth and fin rot. There is little more demotivating than this.
Still, the babies are doing great, although there is a widening size disparity which seems to correlate to how aggressive and dominating a baby can be. I pulled out two specimens to photograph today, and they somewhat show the extremes of the range. This also happens to be, at least in the Lightning side, one of the individuals showing the heaviest white coverage, with the headstripe connected to the midstripe and the midstripe to the tailstripe, on both sides. This is a 1/4 gallon (small) specimen cup (to give you a frame of reference). Sadly, it appears as though the pelvic fins may have already been badly damaged in the fighting of the offspring…I have dozens of breeder nets on hand now to implement plans to start separating out these fish.