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Readers Fish Breeding photos.
- After almost 7 years of Convict family incest my last pair died
off from old age and I decided to go with something new and (I hoped
at the time) less prolific. Starting with ONE firemouth in no time
she was digging craters in the gravel and cruising around with her
"parts" hanging out I figured I should get her a mate. Within 2 weeks
I was doing some routine cleaning/planting and the two of them were
cracking me up...attacking my hand like nobody's business (fruitless,
yet determined!). I peered around the side of the driftwood and WHOA.
For a first go at it they were rather busy! Since then, the buggers
have hatched and are swimming (swarming?) around mom and dad like
good little fry. So much for trading in the Convicts for something
less likely to take over my tank for another 7 years!
- Info on the setup:
- 40g breeder (guess that should have been a clue. Do they add something
that oozes out of the glass??)
- a good bit of newly planted fauna (and replanted frequently thanks
to the guardian action of Papa All tankmates have been chased off
into about 10% of the tank space, poor guys.
- When this all started I was in the process of recycling after a
devastating almost total loss due to some treatment chemicals going
bad (long story for another time...still trying to settle with Kordon).
The Mama Firemouth was the sole survivor. This all happened in late
April, so these fry are only about a month-6 weeks out of that rebuilding
process. Temp is about the only thing steady, at 78-80F. These guys
are truly survivors, that's for sure. And now it looks like I'll have
a whole pack of 'em to last forever. Know anyone looking for some
juvenile Firemouths? :
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