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E.Kalotaenia
April 10, 2014
11:54 pm
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mikev
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The fry is a bit under 2cm

http://rainbow-fish.org/fishpic/erka-baby.jpgImage Enlarger

April 11, 2014
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Awesome Mike!!! More details please!

Cake or death?
April 11, 2014
2:23 pm
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No details, I don't know what happened. :(

Big screwup: the tank developed green water about a month ago, until yesterday the lights were kept off, and I was doing extra water changes. When I turned the lights on finally, I saw the baby. I never saw them spawning, and never saw eggs. It is probably one month old.. the fish and the fry are very similar to disparis, so it would be about 1 month old *if the same rate of growth* applies. Very strange but all the females look even more gravid then before, so maybe they will do this again.... unless green water or large w/c are required triggers.

If you decide to make a profile, all you can really say is that "occasional fry is possible".

I posted adult photos somewhere on this forum before (cannot find where), so easier to go here.

I saw the adults chasing it a bit, but at this size it is safe plus the adults do not like being on top of the driftwood, this is where the fry grazes.

April 11, 2014
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Nice Mike!

April 11, 2014
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Thank you, Jim!

April 11, 2014
10:35 pm
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Great to hear that, Mike.

Cheers Charles

April 12, 2014
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Thanks Mike. Is it such a "big screw up" though? I don't think so...

Cake or death?
April 12, 2014
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I was really hoping to see how they do it and how the fry matures.... in part because I suspect the fish is really closer to disparis than seems from the current classification. The baby looks too much like the adults already, I missed the development totally....

And if I have not missed the spawn, I would have likely had more than one fry (with disparis, the yield on removed eggs is way higher )

Hopefully, eventually, but not this time... at least we know this is possible... and looking at the adult females in the tank I see that they are all very gravid still, worse than before.

May 20, 2014
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Here is some unusual (for a hillie) behavior:

(Still only one... and now I have -- again one :( -- P.laticeps baby. )

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