querky mate choice

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duanestuermer
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querky mate choice

Post by duanestuermer » Fri May 15, 2015 8:24 am

Even with 3 other perfectly sited males in the tank, my female nicaraguensis chose a partially(?) blind (largest) male in the tank to pair up, and spawn with.
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It's been interesting watching the non-adhesive eggs change position daily.
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The parents seemed to be preparing a new spawning site yesterday, so rather than wake to find the now free swimming fry disappeared, the parents have been put in a different tank.
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Re: querky mate choice

Post by fug202 » Fri May 15, 2015 5:44 pm

Body size is a better indicator of genetic quality, assuming the blindness in your male was caused by injury and not a genetic flaw. As long as blindness doesn't significantly affect your male's ability to defend his brood, the female is better off with the larger male. In my experience a female Nic can defend a brood on her own. Mine held a tank of larger centrals at bay in a 210 gallon tank.

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Re: querky mate choice

Post by duanestuermer » Fri May 15, 2015 9:30 pm

My male had a bout with ich, which caused his screwed up his eyes.
They both have been a good parents so far.

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Re: querky mate choice

Post by duanestuermer » Wed May 20, 2015 4:11 pm

The pair began clearing a new spawning site, so just in case they decided the older might fry pose a threat, the pair was removed to let the 2 week old fry grow out unmolested in the 75 gal spawning tank.
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Re: querky mate choice

Post by bennymoreno51 » Thu May 21, 2015 9:55 am

Great photo of your fish

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