The Panda Cory Show, now on Day 36- five full weeks!
This is the same individual I've been photographing all along, the largest of the batch. He... I keep saying "he," but that's just convenience... I have no idea if this is a "he" or "she," but "he" is nicer than saying "it"... he is ~1/2" long, and developing beautifully. As you can see, he's getting some more pigmentation. In addition to the eye band, which has been there for a couple weeks, he's getting some spots of black at the base of his tail and in the dorsal fin. For reference, here's the picture I posted of one of the adults. Hard to tell in that picture against the driftwood, but the dorsal fin is completely black.
There has been a rash of unexplained deaths this week, mostly among the younger set of fry. I'm not sure why, but I'm down to 8 babies, now. They seemed to not be eating very well, and sort of wasted away. Very sad. I also took out the rock permanently, as I think the waste and uneaten food that tended to collect in the inaccessible area behind it was degrading the water quality. So now the tank is just plain sand, and will hopefully do better. It's certainly easier to clean this way.