Well, the event that I anticipated in a previous post has occurred. My Jack Dempseys have had babies. Hundreds of them! (What this means is that inside their excavated Colosseum, they laid eggs and hatched them out, and the fry have just started to venture outside.)
I was talking on the phone earlier when I happened to look in the tank, and it appeared that there was suddenly a lot of loose pieces of gravel or dirt in the water. But then I saw the particles moving, and realized they were tiny fish (each one is a maximum of 1/4″ in length).
Which means that I am now a proud grandfather with hundreds of grandchildren. I don’t know exactly what I’m supposed to do (and no idea how to raise them), but I thought I would start with an announcement in the blog.
Here are a couple of closeup shots showing what nature hath wrought:
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So now I’m off to Petsmart to see about buying some appropriate food. I guess that would be baby brine shrimp, although I don’t think that’s what my mommy gave me.
MORE: No sooner did I take this picture when the parents spirited the babies away to safety. I’ve read that Jack Dempseys are known for their careful parenting skills, and now I believe it.
I’m amazed. My parenthood was completely unplanned.
MORE: For those who are interested this video gives a pretty good idea of what is going on: