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Crenicichla notophthalmus

Discussion in 'General Dwarf Cichlids' started by Andrew C, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. Andrew C

    Andrew C New Member 5 Year Member

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    Got a pair of crenicichla notophthalmus around a year ago.
    The pair got their weekly waterchange today, and tonight the female is now sporting a bright pink belly, which i never noticed before, she always looked quite dull to me.

    Is her belly turning pink a sign that she has just matured, or is it a sign of a possible breeding ?
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    daphilster08 Member 5 Year Member

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    It would seem like it too me! But I am not sure. I love dwarf pikes though! So congrats if they are!

    Oh, and one of my best friends came from Scotland :)
  3. Andrew C

    Andrew C New Member 5 Year Member

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    It looks like the female has finally matured, as she is now sitting on eggs :)
    The pair have grown well and filled out over the last year, they ignore dry food of any form, but love any frozen food.

    When feeding tonight the male looked a bit rough and the female was nowhere to be seen, even when food went into the tank, which is unusual for her, as both of them are normally waiting for the food to go in the tank.

    I carefull moved the decor about and checked the long tunnels, and sure enough i found the female with eggs in one of the tunnels.

    Some pictures of them when i first got them;

    Male
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    Female
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    The pair
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    The pair
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    A more recent picture, which shows a bit of a long tunnel, it is roughly 25mm by 25mm by 300mm long.
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    Microman Member 5 Year Member

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    Great news Andrew...
    They certainly look more mature than when i sent them over to you.
    Mark...
  5. Andrew C

    Andrew C New Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks Mark
    The female still has eggs, looks like she has moved them to under a bit of wood.
    Her new spot under the wood is letting her eat again when the food drifts by her, instead of the male eating it all, as she didn't eat for three or four days when she was in the tunnel.
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    K-Pon Member 5 Year Member

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    Beautiful fish :)
    Unfortunately hard to "capture" them in the Poland :frown:
  7. Andrew C

    Andrew C New Member 5 Year Member

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    Looks like the eggs have gone, the female is not acting like she has eggs and the male is giving her a hard time when he sees her :frown:
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    Apistomaster Member 5 Year Member

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    If it's any consolation, I had 6 C. regani for a year in good condition but I never did get them to spawn, at least not that I noticed. The females developed nice rosy well rounded bellies but that was it. They are a nice Cichlid and mine were not aggressive toward other fish but the males could get into some scrapes with each other. I kept them with Discus and that was a good combination.
    They actually did not bother several pairs of Apistogramma borelli but I am sure they ate their fry. The A. borelli did age fast in such warm water. They were from my F3 generation and I had some spares available I could afford to try keeping with the dwarf pikes.
  9. Andrew C

    Andrew C New Member 5 Year Member

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    Not been any signs of breeding since the time i posted, but i got some better pictures of the female.
    She was displaying to the male just before i got the camera on her, but as soon as i started to focus the camera, she stopped displaying.

    The male was camera shy
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    Pity she wasn't still displaying as she has lovely fins.
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    You can just make out the pink on the bottom of her belly, at times her whole belly becomes pinkish.
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