some updates on my tank:
after 8 months of solid all out war, my pair of Paratilapia polleni (small spot east coast) made up and tried spawning
unfortunately the truce didn't last long, but when it did, it was a feast on the eyes.
all the following pix were made by John, who's a lot better with a camera than I am!
pair, female on the right
The Paretroplus keep growing slowly but steadily.
it's Mada breeding season and I lost count on the number of spawns they produce, with eggs or without eggs.
sometimes they eat the eggs themselves, other times the eggs last a day or even 2 before they loose them due to sloppy keeping watch.
but they sure try!
the Ptychochromis grandidieri in the same tank do fine and occasionally the male chooses a female to spawn with.
he's lucky, cause he's the only honcho and has 3 girls. he does all of em! raunchy fish
his first and biggest girl, not in spawning mood
one of his smaller females getting ready to spawn
him in spawning mood.
yes, his mouth looks weird. a long long time ago he was dumb enough to pick on the -long time removed- Alpha Cyphotilapia gibberosa male.
he came out second best at a prolonged liplock contest, lost most of his upper jaw, but it doesn't keep him from sandchewing, digging, fighting, eating a LOT and growing from a mere 3" to 6"now.
I also have a smaller Mada tank; the one with the juvenile Paretroplus damii from George.
coming into color
the bigger damii now show a wide variety in dress and they can change this at the drop of a hat!
the largest damii is now 4"; he was 1.5" in october 2008 at the AFC congress in Nancy, France.......
Also in that tank are 4 Ptychochromis oligacanthus 'Nosy Be Lake Bempazava"
these also spawn often; they formed 2 pairs.
completing that tank are 15 or so Bedotia madagascariensis (formerly B geayi)
as of today the grandidieri spawned again!
the following pix are made by me:
you can see why the first name was "east coast GOLD".......
look hard! a lot of "sand" is half clear and very rounded....
"And he piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the rage and hate felt by his whole race. If his chest had been a cannon, he would have shot his heart upon it"