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Hemichromis cf Paynei - 2nd successful spawn

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:45 pm
by nicktc
This is the 2nd successful spawn of my wild caught Hemichromis pair.

Althought I got bought them as Cristatus but I think their closest match is the Paynei.
The lack of irridescent spots, more oval lateral spots closer to the dorsal than to the midlateral line and the golden markings on the sides of the head points to the Paynei.

Anyway ... back to the topic,

29 Feb 2012 (Wednesday) was when the 2nd spawn first occurred. Probably in the late morning or afternoon when I was away at work.
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Picture of eggs taken on the same night.
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Picture of the eggs taken on the next morning ( about 8hrs later )
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Picture off eggs taken on 2nd day - about 11pm.
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Seems like the eyes were already form.

Friday morning (the 3rd day), the eggs were all gone but the parents were taking turn guarding a certain corner in the tank, the eggs have probably developed into wrigglers.

Re: Hemichromis cf Paynei - 2nd successful spawn

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:48 pm
by nicktc
Then... on Sunday night (5th day), the frys come out to play. :D

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Mon and Dad taking turns to look after the babies

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Do check out this video clip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNabmgzE3To

Re: Hemichromis cf Paynei - 2nd successful spawn

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:13 pm
by Dan Woodland
Congrats, great egg shots. Dan