I bought a "pair" of the Ken Kennedy strain "blue angels" at the extrav. last Nov. Turn out I had two males (one won 1st place in the angel competition). I came across another opportunity to purchase a couple more from a guy near Erie PA. These seem to have a some separation in the blood line (at least not the same parents).
One day after putting them together (2 week waiting quarantine) one male was dead (smaller) the other new fish had the crap beaten out of it. It hung on for just a few more days. AH Sh_t I though. No other developments for a month. Good food twice a day and water changes about 30% weekly on a 40 gal hex tank, oversize on the filter. Then I saw egg's on the filter tube (not the wood or slate I provided) and about two thirds were fertile (good swimmers).
I only found the eggs via tank cleaning - i.e. removed tube and went o sucks. Put it back together and left them alone except for feeding. Next day the eggs were gone but the " male" was guarding the wood and the "female" was pissed off. I could not see any young so I caulked it up to my fault. Two days later more eggs on filter tube. I pulled it while under intense attack from both parents. That was yesterday. Today I see about 30 tails attached to the filter tube. I also see a large number of fry attached to the wood. These are older by a few days or at least larger and more developed.
Has anyone seen cichlids spawn back to back and protect both spawns in the same tank?
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