Vieja synspilum/melanura

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I usually use some stress guard during injuries, I usually am also impeccable with wc too. Are they skittish? Might of rammed into rock or wood in panic or fish-to-fish aggression m/f etc. I would at least do wc's 2x as often.
I’m not worried about him, he will heal just fine. There are larger fish in the tank so I expected bumps and scrapes along the way. I think it was a bump on wood trying to escape an aggressor (not that there is a lot aggression in the tank)

there’s a HRP male in the r tree and trying to get the female to breed with him and he’s protection a small nest area.

today is fin level water change time!!!
 

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During my water change I got approximate measurements

juvies 2 inches
Sub adult male 8 inches
 
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These juvies cant grow fast enough!!

video of my syns and jack trying to pair up, if they are successful I won’t be saving any fry if they get that far.
The jacks mouth is huge compared to the sysns (kinda funny watching them try to lip lock)
 
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It’s been almost three weeks since they have been home.
They are quite the little piggies as you can see in these pics with their full bellies.
The one that had a head injury last Friday has now made a full recovery (6 days total) you can’t even tell which one was injured.
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They are starting to get a little more color, yellow/orange is starting to show up on the tail area. Not a lot of growth but a little noticeable size...I still have a large molly that is bigger than the babies haha

last photo size difference between the oldest and the youngest
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Just sharing some better more clear pics of the fry, they swim fast. And one more of my male, male is pushing 8-9 inches. My male has yellow eyes which is considered a female trait, but it goes to show you the some fish don’t follow the “rules”.
One fry is growing quicker and bigger than the other two.
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So this is the best measurement I can get on my subadult synspilum without taking him out of the water. I’m calling him 7.5 inches.

these are not beauty shots, they are just for size referencing, I do realize they might be slightly angled along with the fish being angled, and a smidge blury
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So this is the best measurement I can get on my subadult synspilum without taking him out of the water. I’m calling him 7.5 inches.

these are not beauty shots, they are just for size referencing, I do realize they might be slightly angled along with the fish being angled, and a smidge blury
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He looks great.
 
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Pic update

I want to guess they are about 2.5 inches now (though I could be off) I’m guessing if my molly is 3 inches they are just shy of her length.

I have re-homed all 5 sae’s and took in 4 female Congo tetras, and 4 gold barbs. One barb might not make it as it has missing gill plates, a bull dog under bite, and a roughed up spot on its head that might turn to fungus.
He is named magillicutty.

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