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I came home to this pleasant surprise
Thanks, the tank is quite heavily planted especially with the watersprite that has recently exploded. I'll try to get a few more photos up soon.I love dicrossus maculatus! I'd love to see some more photos of your pair. Do you keep anything else in there with them?
Your tank looks lush, as well.
I just thought I'd give an up date, and the answer is that I'm still not sure whether I have any fry. The eggs were definitely fertile and I assume I got free swimming fry, mainly because the female has defended different areas of the tank.
Subsequently I've been away for a 10 days. The female is still behaving and coloured like she is protecting fry, but even after 3 weeks I still haven't seen any.
That would make perfect sense. I'll try softening the water a bit more whilst I've got plenty of live food available, and hopefully they will have another go.From my experience, I found that some maculatus females retain breeding colors and act as if they're guarding something even after the eggs are gone. I tried to look for fry too but they weren't just there. I think if it's several days after hatching and you don't find fry, then they don't probably exist.
This was certainly true of the adults, they eat absolutely everything.Maculatus fry are very cute and easy to raise because they aren't picky eaters like those Apistos! Much easier to wean them to prepared foods.
This was certainly true of the adults, they eat absolutely everything.
Since Gerald wrote this I've noticed them having a go at the red pepper and cucumber (for the Otocinclus). They were both looking a bit tubby, I've been feeding really heavily with mosquito larvae, along with Daphnia, Grindal worms etc so hopefully that was just "condition" rather than a lot of fat.Feed Dicrossus a diverse diet including cooked veggies to avoid fatty liver/kidney degeneration and bloat, especially as they get older.