Just curious on the genetics and such when do selective breeding.
We'll start with my first question and genetics. In tank 2 (we'll call it tank 2 as that is SS and tank 1 is SSS), I have (4) blacks and (2) reds. The reds are both females. For the blacks, I have (2) of each.
The red females where the first to drop their little ones. One is actively dropping as of yesterday. They are in a heavily planted tank, so I can only go by what I have visually been able to see so far.
The first female has produced (again by what I have visually seen) (2) SSS, one red and one black, what looks like will be (3) SS (I think they are old enough now that I can call that one) and the remainder are S to S+. The coloration has just been outstanding for this first batch.
Of all these, the only red in the bunch is the SSS. All others are black. Which brings me to my first question of genetics as I'm curious as to why only one red one in the lot? Just seemed weird to me. I know grading is like shooting craps so I'm pretty sure you won't be able to guestimate that.
Second question. Do you find the need to call an audible from time to time between the ones you have chosen? By that I mean replacing a female with a different one or maybe even a male? I have several other SS ladies that I can swap out with. Just didn't know how long I should go to see who throws what and then decide to replace.
With the SSS, I of course don't have that luxury as yet since I only have a few to work with. They are still slow growing at their own pace and seem very contempt at the moment to take things very slow.
As for culling, and I think there is another thread that I just recently saw on this, after a couple of weeks would be a good time to remove (I can't say undesireable as they are still beautiful), the lesser grades and place them in the holding tank.
I'm sure I will come up with other questions during this project but feel free to add anything that may be helpfull.