"How many hours do you spend in front of your aquarium?" my co-worker asked me.
"A lot." I replied.
And after so many hours of tireless peering and counting, I can safely conclude that there are 6 surviving "red" platy babies from the last batch of babies, and that there is one blue one (the Hopper) from the first batch of babies. The Hopper is not looking very healthy. He appears to have a bend in his back, and he is smaller than the rapidly growing red babies. He should be much bigger than them considering that he is older. He is also mostly absent, hidden behind the small forest of aquatic plants. He doesn't even come out when it's feeding time, but I have seen him lurk in his characteristic hopping and creeping way along the edges of the tank. The new babies don't seem to like him and peck at him if they see him. Luckily, his odd behaviour and blue colour make him extremely difficult to see among the blue rocks.
The new babies are growing rapidly. They can swim quite fast and strong now, and dart about the tank fearlessly. They are curious and come to look at me when I look at them. For now they seem more pale pinkish white than red. I wonder when they will take on the full red colouration that their dad has?