Metallic CTPK color 031814
I'm very excited to start working with metallic CTPKs! I was able to obtain several quality pairs at the Kampffishfreunde Area 2 Convention in Friedrichshafen, Germany. I selected this male because of his even copper coverage over his body and fins (although he does have the black head trait). He has decent webbing reduction, although his anal is long. His body has a pretty good topline, although I wish his caudal peduncle was thicker. I chose this female because of her stunning blue metallic color, which has almost perfect even coverage. Her body is also very nicely shaped, with a smooth topline (looks crooked because of the corner of the jar) and a decent depth of body. Her fins could have greater webbing reduction, but the anal looks to nice and short. Jamie said that his CTPKs have thrown out CTDTPKs as well! So we will see what this spawn brings!
July Update: I was devastated when both parents of this spawn appear to have dried from dropsy, a VERY rare occurrence in my fishroom. I haven't had a case of dropsy since I switched away from blackworms to white worms. They both died several months apart from each other, and a while after the spawn, so I do not think they are related. However, I will be watching this spawn for any susceptibility to disease. Luckily the spawn, although small, looks like it has some really nice individuals! They are currently jarred and beauty pics will be taken soon.
In general, I am happy with how this spawn turned out. I still have quite a few hanging out in the grow-out, but I will get around to jarring more of them soon. These guys seem to have a penchant for appearing female for several weeks after jarring and then all of a sudden turning into full-blown males! the webbing reduction can be much better, but the color is fantastic. Very good, even coverage, and that startling blue I really like.
My favorite out of the spawn so far. Great color (although I wish he had a full mask) and lovely webbing reduction and tight symmetrical finnage. Unfortunately, his anal lengthened and he bacame very unbalanced a couple months after this photo was taken. It is SO important to let your fish grow before thinking of spawning them!