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Mark Smith wrote:...You might like the book, Fish Communities in Lake Tanganyika from Kyoto University Press that was published in 1997. Lots of unique and fascinating behaviors observed and recorded from several Japanese ichthyologists. Great reading!...
J-wedding wrote:I know this has become a very old topic.
J-wedding wrote:Is there anything more known about this combination, about the behaviour of the Microdontochromis?, feeding pattern, breeding...anything that would deepen the subjects that already have been discussed in this topic?
J-wedding wrote:I have a tank with 10 X. Nigrolabiata and I was fixated on Trematocara as a tankmate for them.But now I have discovered the Microdontochromis, which swim somewhat higher and because of this they do not have to share territory with the Xeno's. So I was wondering if this would be a wise decission.
Is there somebody who has experiences in breeding M. rotundiventralis? Or can tell about differences between female and male?
Or about their natural behaviour in the wild?
I'm afraid, that I have a group of ten females (assuming caught out of a school of females, what can be found of many species), because since march, I can't observe any mating, not even displaying, while the fish are healthy, lively and goodlooking.
Tasma wrote:Male apears to be about 1 cm larger and massive. Before and while incubating couple swim together. They take terms in incubating (sometimesboth sometimes only one of them incubate).I've seen group of rotundiventralis and I think that sexual dimorphism looks similar.
J-wedding wrote:The males tend to show off to eachother once in while, so that's behaviour you should've noticed by now.
J-wedding wrote:Me and a friend of mine have also seen them sandsifting, alot actually.
J-wedding wrote:The males tend to show off to eachother once in while
MGSNK wrote:I was thinking about Trematocara Variabilis... Anyone have any experience with this combination?
MGSNK wrote:i'm trying to find suitable tank mates for them... any ideas?
From me too. Coincidence! I've got fry too, two days ago.
I didn't have more than a suspicion, that three females were holding. There was no obviously bigger throat pouch to be seen. And the "females under suspicion" were eating just like any other tankmate. Many things seem to happen quite covertly with this species.
But the biggest surprise was the tininess of the fry! Uncommon for a mouthbrooder. Even though one female doesn't hold more than 8 - 12 eggs, the fry isn't bigger than that of a rock dweller or say Triglachromis, 3 - 4 mm. This is the sort of fry, even Paracyprichromis will devour. Trematocara likewise. So, if we want to bring up the fry, we will need a species only tank, I apprehend. I need a new tank. Again.
Gerd wrote:Quote from literature:"Mouthbrooding parents ate zooplankton as actively as nonbrooding members for nourishment of both the young and themselves. Young smaller than 6 m m SL were mouthbrooded solely by females, but later by either females or males."
Gerd wrote:My guess is mine will still keep the juveniles in their mouths for at least another week, maybe 2.
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