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Kuhlie Loach Spawning Behaviour?

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    owls_79
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    A bit of background,

    I have been moving fish indoors from the tropical pond all this week, whilst simultaneously performing a ‘blackout’ of my Rio 240 to obliterate a persistant cyanobacteria problem. The tank contains 4 kuhlies which have been there for 10 months now and are all of a good size and weight. They are very active even in the daytime and I often see them wound round the roots of plants or digging under the bogwood. Anyway, yesterday I removed the covering from the tank (after 4.5 days of total darkness). Shortly afterwards I observed 2 kuhlies (the two largest) twirling around the tank (strange description I know, I don’t think the alcohol is helping). On closer apperance they were joined around the mouth?gill area (which seems bizarre to me as I would expect them to be joined aroung the rear of their bodies if they were breeding). There did seem to be some sort of physical attachment (not just close proximity) and they twirled like ribbons (I’m sorry, i don’t know what else to say) all around the tank but particularly furiously over the plants. This lasted for maybe 10 mins but I could not observe any eggs being released. I have never seen anything similar and wonder if the blackout, followed by 50% water change, may have contributed. I’m so pissed because the batteries on my camera were dead otherwise I could have taken a video. I just wondered if anyone had ever observed anything similar or if I (and my loaches) are going insane

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    mickthefish
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    the eggs would have been visible to you as they are a light green in colour, it’s quite possible that what you saw was a spawning embrace.

    mick

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