Page 8

dark vertical bars. In fact, the white appears more as a grey colour, but the dramatic change gives that first impression of white. The male seemed to be doing his share of care, only until the other female came into view he would become distracted and try his luck pair bonding. The male would always come back and resume defending duties. The pair had deposited a few hundred eggs, but over the couple of days, quite a large portion of eggs were becoming infertile. This initially worried me, but I observed the female doing a role reversal and picking out the fertile eggs instead. Usually cichlids will pick out the infertile eggs first; this ensures the fertile eggs don’t become infected by fungus. The eggs hatch and become fee swimming fry around day 6/7 where the pair will defend ferociously if needed, even the large V. maculicauda pair were easily dealt with. Of interest, the Archocentrus complex appears to share one characteristic in fry care that at some stage they hang their fry in bunches off roots or plants. In the aquarium, plants and roots will be substituted with rocks, wood, even the aquarium dÊcor like filter pipes and heaters. I must admit I did not personally witness this behaviour; perhaps I just missed observing it? 8

Profile for lee nuttall

The Central Scene Issue 3  

North & Central American cichlid keeping

The Central Scene Issue 3  

North & Central American cichlid keeping

Advertisement