Several years ago, I collected three juvenile Enneacanthus obesus in South Carolina and drove them back to my home in Illinois. At the time, I did not know whether they were Banded or Bluespotted, let alone the sex of them. As it turns out, I had two female and one male E. obesus. I have kept them in their own tank, because of their preference for soft, acidic water. They have thrived and this summer I noticed that both females were rather plump, and I assumed that they were full of eggs. Despite the fact that I made no attempt to breed these fish, nature has taken its course. Several days ago, I notice a large number of eggs spread around the tank. As there was no apparent nest, I was not sure if they had been fertilized. They were, and now I have more than 50 fry, not yet free swimming but clearly growing without any intervention on my part. I moved the three adults to new quarters so that the young-uns don't become an easy meal. I would like raise them, keep a few and give away the rest to a good home(s).
At this time, I am seeking advice on what to feed the fry. Brine shrimp nauplii would seem to be too big, but perhaps I am wrong. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Also, if you would like a few free juvenile E. obesus (should they survive), please let me know.