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Aphanius Mento 'Kirkgöz'
October 1, 2008
4:29 pm
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Matt
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Well as I sit here writing about barbs (sigh) I'm seeing the first signs of courtship behaviour in the Aphanius. They've put a bit of weight on since they arrived but have been very shy. Now though the biggest male is sitting in a little clearing in the algae and displaying at females. Plenty of chasing going on too... /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" /> I'll try and pull one or two out and take some pics in a bit.

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October 1, 2008
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is it a similar sort of display that Elassoma evergladie do Matt.

mick

October 1, 2008
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sounds promising Matt. look forward to seeing pictures.

October 1, 2008
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QUOTE (mickthefish @ Oct 1 2008, 08:34 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
is it a similar sort of display that Elassoma evergladie do Matt.

mick

Kind of mate but a bit less intricate and more aggressive i.e. it looks like he's trying to drive them into the algae. He'll flare a bit, wiggle his body then pick one to chase! He's also darkened considerably at least from the top. I can't really see through the side of the tub so it's difficult to see everything that's going on. /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

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April 27, 2009
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Well either all this was imagined or I've lost a male as I checked the fish a few weeks back (water is green so can't really see them) and they all turned out to be female! /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" /> Received two wee males this morning (thanks, Manuel) which have now been introduced to the ladies so let's see what happens. *crosses fingers*

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April 28, 2009
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fingers crossed indeed.

April 28, 2009
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Yeah, hope you have better luck with the new males Matt.

April 30, 2009
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Good luck with them Matt.

You shouldn´t have too much problem with such group, except for fin nipping and so on.

Separate the eggs from the adults and don´t put the fry together with them until they are at last 1,5 cm. They grow fast in summer.

Let me know how they do.

Manuel...

April 30, 2009
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Cheers all will keep this thread updated. They seem to have settled in ok but are miles smaller than the females. From what I've been reading about Aphanius that shouldn't stop them though! /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

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May 10, 2009
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May 10, 2009
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Good job Matt /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

May 10, 2009
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Cheers Gustav; most are eyed-up already so will hopefully have fry within the week. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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May 11, 2009
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Yeah that's really great news Matt, delighted for ya /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

You gonna keep breeding them and eventually rerelease some fry in to the wild?

May 11, 2009
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Cheers mate! Think I'll see if these hatch and grow ok before harvesting anymore eggs as I collected at least 30 fertile ones and I think Aiste's mother might start to get shirty if plastic containers start appearing all over the bedroom terrace. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> Will post a pic of my set-up later so you can see what I'm on about.

As for releasing them back; I don't think that's on the agenda. A. mento isn't as threatened as the Spanish species, for example. Right now I just want them to hatch!

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May 11, 2009
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Great news Matt well done /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

May 13, 2009
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Thanks mate. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> These started to hatch yesterday and I can see a few in there now, picking at the algae. Think I'll move them to a bigger container v. soon.

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May 13, 2009
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Just spotted a fry in with the parents while I was doing a water top-up. It's now in with the others but couldn't resist a couple of pics.

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May 13, 2009
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Hey Matt

Interesting looking fry, which already appear to be showing signs of banding on the body.

Regards David

May 13, 2009
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wow, congrats on the new babies Matt /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" /> and good luck raising them. So do you think the original "guy" actually was the male who fertilized the eggs, and then maybe died? Or was the dominant female acting wierd and then the new little males did the fertilization?

May 13, 2009
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Congratulations Matt!. /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />
I hope to see them bigger soon.
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