Mark Smith wrote:Thanks Alex
My adults began spawning at about 8.5 cm for the males and about 6.5 for the females last year. Now, the largest male is about 14 cm and the females are about 9.5 cm. The bigger they become, the more aggressive the males have become towards the females. This, however, may be due to putting them together in a 240 liter aquarium to spawn. Presently, I have the males separated from the females. When the females become enlarged with eggs, I will place the males with the females, and within 24 to 28 hours later, they typically spawn. They all seem to ignore heterospecifics. I have the males in a 450 liter aquarium with C. frontosa, Ctenopoma kingsleyae, and Sarotherodon melanotheron. They all seem to get along well.
I am passing most of this first spawn to local hobbyists that are serious about working with this uncommon species. It really is a delightful species to work with, seemingly becoming hardier with age. They are supposed to reach a total length of
23 cm, and this size most assuredly is in reference to males. Even at a small size, it appears that the females always seem to be half the body mass of the males.
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