Wow! Thank you so much for all the info Darrell.
lol I feel like a 3 year old in her "why" phase. I've got loads of questions coming to mind. Hope you won't mind sharing your experiences some more.
First, is there a faq on sword breeding\genetics that you would recommend? I would like to brush up on the subject.
Were we misled by the seller when he said these fish were rare? If they are uncommon, what factor makes them so: the koi gene\color pattern or the extra veiling in the tail?
We have had, thus far, 3 batches of babies. The first have their full color: 3 are red with a little bit of white on the belly and 3 are tri-color. The second batch is a mostly Kohaku pattern but seem to have black peppering. So far only one baby from that batch is Tanchu colored. The third batch is few days old only, probably from the same male as the others. Where could the black be coming from? Can we assume that one or both parents come from a crossed lineage?
Also,M redwag was just trying to mate with my smaller koi female; knowing that female can stock sperm, is it at all possible to have a litter of mixed babies?
I'm puzzled my the behavior of my biggest female. As I mentionned above, she will only drop in the main tank. She had a dozen or so fry 3 or 4 days ago. I suppose that the stress of being transfered to the isolator caused her a great deal of stress that stopped the birthing process. Is this very common? How hazardous is it to her health or to that of the fry? I've just fished 16 of them out of the main tank cuz mom was being pursued by the others. Judging by some of the round bellies some of them actually got a snack. I know a few more babies are hiding out in the chunk on java moss : mom was hanging out behing it.
Someone said the babies would grow faster with frequent feeding and water changes. We feed them 2 to 3 times a day and do only one water change a week(25 to 40%). Should we reduce the amount of water per change but increse the number of times to 2 or 3 a week? Feeding is either newly hatched brine or powdered flakes or tubifex worms. Also since we have pygmy cory and otocynclus in the tank i add small pellets every few days..
Think this is it for now... No doubt I'll have more questions later on. Thanks a lot for the help!