Tylochromis sudanensis - reproduction in captivity

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Tylochromis sudanensis - reproduction in captivity

Post by maccichlid » Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:05 am

just a short note...

I wasn't able to find reports on spawning a Tylochromis species (from western/central africa) in captivity. Just a short note in one of Lamboj's articles, that wild-caught female specimen of T. polylepis (from lake Tanganjika) carried eggs...

So - now it's a fact: at least Tylochromis sudanensis (caught in the Cross river area, imported to france in 2012 and finally shipped to austria) is a maternal mouthbreeder. The males dig deep pits in the sand, display to the females, spawn with a ripe female and finally they don't care any longer of her... The female is re-integrated into the group (I keep 12 T. sudanensis of 10-14 cm total length in a 100 gal tank) and behaves as usual (except that she refuses food :-) ). Now it's days no. 4 after spawning and she is still chewing. Let's keep our fingers crossed that there will be some fry in ??? (maybe 10-14) days...
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T. sudanensis, female 3 days after spawning
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T. sudanensis, male

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Re: Tylochromis sudanensis - reproduction in captivity

Post by Piotr Koba » Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:43 pm

Thanks for the input! These cichlids are fairly uncommon in the hobby, but as Westies have gained more popularity recently, one can hope that at least 1-2 species might become established for a longer period of time. Keep us updated!
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Re: Tylochromis sudanensis - reproduction in captivity

Post by maccichlid » Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:12 am

Bad luck... the female swallowed her eggs today. :-(

Maybe next time - the fishes are still very young and unexperienced. They simply need some practice...

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Re: Tylochromis sudanensis - reproduction in captivity

Post by viejo » Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:08 pm

Does the breeding male show any major color changes. Pierre Brichard, while still in the Congo (personal communication) stated that T. lateralis showed a brilliance rivaling salt water fishes i.e. bright orange head, green body & blue & yellow in the unpaired fins.

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