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  • #303452

    Dana
    Participant

    Hello all together!

    I have kept Macropodus opercularis in different tanks for a couple of years and had the chance to see many funny, crazy, astonishing, incredible behaviors, and yet they still amaze me again and again.
    Now I managed to make a video of 2 obviously gay males, constructing and caring together for a bubblenest and even mating under the nest:

    http://youtu.be/KuIOv1D3Pgg

    Hard to believe, but the 2 “lovers” are father (the dark one) and son (the light blue one) and were even rivals, competing for the same female, which was the devote mate of the older male, respectively the mother of the younger male.
    End of September the courted female suddenly
    disappeared from the outdoor tank, where my Paradise Fish spend the summer.
    Now the 2 males, together with a young adult female (daughter of the older, respectively sister of the younger male) and some small Macropodus offspring are back in house, in a 80 x 50 cm tank, shown in the video.

    Here are some pics of my Macropodus op. taken last winter.

    Male, vanished female and offspring

    Macropodus-131210_02.JPG

    Macropodus-131210_03.JPG

     Macropodus-op-131022.JPG

     Macropodus-op-131022_02.JPG

     Macropodus-op-131022_03.JPG

     Macropodus-op-131022_10.JPG

     

    Best regards,
    Dana

    #353758

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Very nice images and interesting behaviour Dana, thanks for sharing. :) May we use some of the pics in our species profile (credited to you, of course)?

    #353768

    Dana
    Participant

    Of course you can, Matt. Please pick out whatever you think is useful.

    Here are a few more pics and a short video showing a classic spawning.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o16hj-5ESCc&feature=youtu.be

    The first pic shows 2 females (both had already spawned), with unusual long finsMacropodus-opercularis-2-females.jpg

     Macropodus-opercularis-bubble-nest.jpg

     Macropodus-opercularis-eggs.JPG

     Macropodus-opercularis-juvenil.jpg

     Macropodus-opercularis-juveniles.JPG

     Macropodus-opercularis-larvae-1.jpg

     Macropodus-opercularis-larvae-2.jpg

     Macropodus-opercularis-larvae-3.JPG

     Macropodus-opercularis-male-2.jpg

     Macropodus-opercularis-male.jpg

    #353762

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Wonderful, thank you! I will update the profile as soon as I can.

    #353934

    Dana
    Participant

     I’m afraid the love story of my Macropodus is set to a hard test right now.Smile
    The young female is determined to join in the fun and sneaks cleverly between the two males.
    The resistance of the males decreases every day and even the jealous younger male accepts the unusual Threesome.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vcdt5kSQn-M

    I definitely don´t need TV anymore. Laugh

    Best regards,

    Dana

    #353859

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Wow, the two boys really seem to like each other! 

    #355136

    Dana
    Participant

    Summer season is over for my Macropodus opercularis. This is how one of my two groups (the younger) look like, after they have spent couple of month in the garden. I´m proud of them! 🙂

     

    Macropodus-op-150928-kl.jpg

     Macropodus-op-150928_03.JPG

     

    I have kept the “lover boys” together with a female and a third male as a separate group, in another tank, over the summer and indoor as well. I´m curious, if they still maintain their relationship. I´ll see it only in the next days/weeks, as observations outdoor were quite obstructed.

    #355138

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Looking great Dana! I will now (finally) add some of these photos to the species profile.Embarassed

    #355140

    Dana
    Participant

    I showed the pics, because I just brought the M. op. inside. It is really not meant to remind you, Matt.:)

    #355143

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Haha no worries. Nevertheless it needs to be done. Wink

    #355148

    knutschi
    Participant

    I was wondering if M. opercularis forms stable pairs if one keeps more than 1 male and female in the same tank? This is something I could not imagine, so I was not looking out for this as I was keeping and breeding them years ago. But other people suggested this behaviour. Also this gay pair seems to support this hypothesis?

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