Hello. I have 6 P bleekeri in a 70 gallon. Two of them appear in my opinion to be pairing off. They dug a large pit underneath a half of a terra cotta pot i had in there as a cave. It looks as though their vents are dropped . They are defending the side of the tank that the pit is in. They swim together and extend their fins in a very dramatic display. There is frequent tail wagging going on between them . From what i can see of the vents it looks like on is larger than the other so I'm guessing it is a pair and not two females . Everything points to a spawn in my opinion .......however these fish are barely 3" in length . Is it possible that the eggs, if any show up , will be viable? Will this pair continue to spawn if I remove the eggs ? After I see fry, if any, would it be safe for me to assume that I can trade in the other paratilapia and just keep the pair ?
Any help , ideas, or advise is greatly appreciated .
I've had Pty. oligacanthus that spawned for me before and they were almost like convicts once they got started . I hope this turns out to be as prolific a pair as the olig's did( wish I'd never traded those in )