I’ve invited all winning bidders from the Blue Zoo Aquatics Lightning Maroon Clownfish auctions to share updates here on the Lightning Project’s website to allow me and others to keep track of the offspring after thye’ve left my care.

Susan Ingold of S & R Clownfish sent an update and a few images of WS8 and WS10 on September 7th, and I wanted to share her update with you on this future F1 pairing of the Lightning Maroon’s White Stripe offspring. Here’s the update from Sue:

WS8 and WS10 adjusting to their new home.

WS8 and WS10 adjusting to their new home.

“Update on ws#8 and ws#10. The day they arrived which was Wednesday[September 4th], they both looked fine and went into their 29g qt together. All was well the first day and I left them to go out for a while and when I came back I saw that #10 had been picked on by #8 and had some shredded fins but no major damage. I sent my husband for a breeder box for the smaller one at Matt’s suggestion but while he was gone I decided to place some egg crate between them. That seemed to work well until later on when I saw that the fish had exchanged sides! I went out to the garage for another piece of egg crate and used railroad ties to keep them together to form a tight fit to the back of the tank.
Single Egg-Crate Divider in place...

Single Egg-Crate Divider in place…

The next two days were uneventful of course. I could tell there was some resentment from the smaller one because she wanted to swim around and explore her new home.  The other just wanted to bully.
Today is Saturday and since I was home from work and could watch them I pushed the egg crate a little so they could visit each other.  Watching them was a good thing to do as the little one did the twitching to let the other know he was submissive.
WS10 and WS8 on a date.

WS10 and WS8 on a date.

When I walked away and then came back it was worse. It’s like they know I am watching them.  When I took pictures yesterday they actually hogged the camera as if they knew what I was doing so I guess Matt took lots of pictures of all of them.  So, after leaving the egg crate sideways for about 30 minutes I decided to close it off again.
WS8 and WS10, separated once more.

WS8 and WS10, separated once more.

When I can hang around in my bedroom and read or watch tv I will do the same again. Hopefully by the end of my qt time which I was hoping to be  around 30 days, they will be fine together.  Time will tell. I am planning on keeping them together for breeding so as to further the investigation of the genetics on the PNG Lightning Maroons as well as producing good healthy maroons that might want to be used by others working with the png bloodline in the future.  I will be very happy to have happy and healthy fish as well.” - Sue Ingold, S &R Clownfish