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Thorichthys pasionis: A Yucatan Jewel

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:34 am
by Jim Cumming
I presently have two adult pair of Thorichthys pasionis. They have not been the dominant fish in their 90G tank and have been reluctant or unable to stake out a territory and spawn ... until now. I removed several fish and things have changed. One pair is defending a bit of real estate and presently getting ready to spawn. The rock seen in several shots is the center of their territory, and most likely will receive the eggs. Here are some pictures of the pair. Notice that the female is showing her ovipositor in photo #2.
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Re: Thorichthys pasionis: A Yucatan Jewel

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 5:33 pm
by Jim Cumming
The pasionis spawned this morning, not on the rock but on the back glass. There is some serious defending going on as expected. One unusual thing is the male's head standing. An intimidation move, I suppose. Here are some photos.
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Re: Thorichthys pasionis: A Yucatan Jewel

Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 10:34 am
by batman
Stunning fish and nice pictures.I love thorichthys species and your pasionis are fine examples.Thanks for taking the time to post.enjoyed looking.

Re: Thorichthys pasionis: A Yucatan Jewel

Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 11:36 am
by Jim Cumming
batman wrote:Stunning fish and nice pictures.I love thorichthys species and your pasionis are fine examples.Thanks for taking the time to post.enjoyed looking.
Thank you. My pleasure.

Re: Thorichthys pasionis: A Yucatan Jewel

Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 4:37 pm
by zenins
An interesting variation from the traditional Firemouth :)

Thanks for sharing

Re: Thorichthys pasionis: A Yucatan Jewel

Posted: Sun May 04, 2014 1:23 am
by henknaert
Beautiful fish. Nice colors!

Re: Thorichthys pasionis: A Yucatan Jewel

Posted: Tue May 06, 2014 12:25 am
by Jim Cumming
Yes, a very uniquely coloured Thorichthys.

Re: Thorichthys pasionis: A Yucatan Jewel

Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 5:28 pm
by Piotr Koba
Laguna d.l. Ilusiones? :D

Re: Thorichthys pasionis: A Yucatan Jewel

Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:58 pm
by Jim Cumming
Piotr Koba wrote:Laguna d.l. Ilusiones? :D
I'm not absolutely sure but they are most likely from Laguna Silvituc / Noh stock, in Campeche.
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Thorichthys pasionis pair with young

Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 9:10 pm
by Jim Cumming
One of my two pairs of Thorichthys pasionis have successfully raised their fry to the free swimming stage. The number of fry is small (no more than twenty) but they are guarding them with a vengeance. Maybe they try harder if there are fewer to carry on the line. The fry are scattering about and the female is doing her best to round them up. You can see the fry just on the right side of the mound of sand. They are tiny. There is a second pair behind the sponge filter, challenging this pair. They may very well have a spawn back there, but I can't get a look. The sides of the tank are opaque. Please click on the picture to enlarge it.
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Thorichthys pasionis: Successful spawn from the second pair

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 12:15 pm
by Jim Cumming
Both pairs of pasionis spawned within 24 hours of one another in the same tank. The first pair laid its eggs on the back glass and the second pair, behind a double stacked sponge filter, out of sight. I wasn't sure that the second pair had spawned since there was no way to see back there. But today, the second pair emerged, with a large spawn of perhaps 200 to 300. They boldly paraded their offspring around, doing what good CA cichlid parents do. I'm going to pull 20 or 30 out, and raise them away from the parents. The rest I'll leave behind. This will be the first spawn of pasionis from which I have collected any young.
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