I haven't posted any photos or news on this species since the start of the year. Therefore, I thought it was time to post an update on how these fish are going.
I still have my original pair, and they are still spawning at least once a week. There are now a large number of fry and juveniles, along with a couple of sub-adults that share a tank with their parents.
Surprisingly, many of these appear to be female. I think I saw one juvenile with a spade-shaped caudal, otherwise all the ones I have seen thus far appear to have the shorter ventrals and rounded caudal displayed by the original female.
The biggest of the sub-adults is pictured below, and is almost the same length as the female. These two do clash a lot as they are the two most dominant females. However, there's no damage done, and apart from a few ragged caudals on some of the smaller fry, all of these fish seem to cohabitate peacefully in this 12L tank.
At the moment I am maintaining the tank at around 25 degrees Celsius, and am performing 2L water changes once a week with aged tap water. The tap water is tinted with IAL and rooibos tea, and kept heated to the same temperature as the tank to avoid fluctuations in both temperature and water conditions.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.