Well this afternoon I culled out 25 of my burdigala and hendra fry. Those culled were either runts, or had problems with their swim bladders that failed to correct.
The remaining fry and juveniles are going to be undergoing several weeks of treatment for ich along with all my other grow-outs so I can finally get rid of this nightmare parasite. After a week of 'woe is me' I decided to be proactive and do something about the problem rather than just procrastinate over it.
In a way I am sad, because I don't think there are any betta breeders out there that particularly like killing fish they have bred and raised. However, I don't have the space or resources to waste on a group of fish that clearly weren't thriving. In a more natural setting, those fry would have been culled by their siblings long ago.
I will be making another tough decision after the treatment is complete, to see if any further culling is required. However, I am hoping that once I get everything under control and start paying more attention to them, the runts from this group will start to catch up with their siblings. I think the ich has really inhibited their growth and if I can get rid of it for good, I think it will give them a much better chance.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.