Willem Heijns wrote:Archocentrus centrarchus hangs its larvae on plants and other objects instead of putting them in a pit. My pair tried to hang the larvae on the front glass, which of course didn't work. Subsequently they lost the fry. I hope they will be more clever next time.
Willem, I had a pair hang their larvae on the glass. The single most interesting cichlid to watch with eggs/larvae/fry:
The Centrarchus plastering their fry along the side of the tank:
I've observed something for a first time.........
.............. the fry that have hatched, just the one or two thus far......... are hovering around 10mm, no more, below the rest of the eggs that haven't hatched. I remember seeing pictures of this species hanging their fry from plants, so it's kind of neat to watch. The mother picks up any stragglers and rather than putting them in a predug pit, she's spitting them back up where the eggs are............. I tried to capture it in pictures, but not very well unfortunately.
(Top center of photo) Notice two hatched wigglers hanging below the wood:
One this time top center'ish:
And another to show it's holding it's still holding it' position:
Female spitting newly hatched back at the clutch of eggs:
Female gathering a suspended wiggler: