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    Thorichthys maculipinnis (ellioti) spawning

    Update- Parents have ate the babies. I honestly thought they wouldn't have ate them so soon. Everything I read implied it would be around the 2 week mark. Its been a week since eggs were laid. As soon as they were off the sand, wriggling about, (but not swimming round the tank) parents had a...
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    Thorichthys maculipinnis (ellioti) spawning

    Colin can I just quickly ask- I have frozen daphnia, artemia and cyclop. Are any of these OK for the fry as well? Or should I stick to fresh brine shrimp etc? Thanks Edit** its OK, I read the link, that stuff is good but not right away. .
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    Thorichthys maculipinnis (ellioti) spawning

    Thank you. I will go to my local fish shop and see if they have any.
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    Thorichthys maculipinnis (ellioti) spawning

    Hi, It was only for the first day and wasn't all day long. I would cover it for a couple hours then take it off. Hasn't made them nervous. The mum seems to come out to eat better when its covered. They don't see their reflections when its covered so they aren't as stressed. Just thought with it...
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    Thorichthys maculipinnis (ellioti) spawning

    Another little update- Mother has now moved the eggs to a pit. I can't get pictures as its between 2 rocks in another awkward place. Will keep my eye on the site to see if i see any wrigglers or swimmers over the next few days. Another thing I find really interesting is how the parents really...
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    Thorichthys maculipinnis (ellioti) spawning

    Little update- Parents are still doing well. No sign of aggro between them. Quite a few of the eggs didn't get fertilised as they have gone white. But they are in the most awkward place in the tank that she could have picked. Adding a little photo of the eggs now. Will get a photo of the parents...
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    Thorichthys maculipinnis (ellioti) spawning

    Hi, thanks for the reply. Yes I have another tank just in case. There doesn't seem to be any issues with them both at the minute. They are getting on and also doing their jobs right. Mum guards and fans while dad checks/watches the opposite side of tank. Then dad will sit with eggs and mum...
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    Thorichthys maculipinnis (ellioti) spawning

    I am just leaving them to it, it's their first time spawning. There's no other fish in the tank either. I cant see them all being fertilised due to the male missing lots of them. He is a greedy guts and is too busy looking for food lol for every 4-5 times she's circles, he does it once. Typical...
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    Thorichthys maculipinnis (ellioti) spawning

    I definitely will keep you updated. This is my first ever spawning. Its so exciting
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    Thorichthys maculipinnis (ellioti) spawning

    Ahh it won't allow me to post the file. Its an mp4 file and I don't know how to get it in an allowed type of file? I will add photos instead...
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    Thorichthys maculipinnis (ellioti) spawning

    Hey all, Thought I would share my good news with you all. My 2 beautiful cichlids are in the middle of spawning! I was watching my tank and noticed my female ellioti (Ellie) kept popping up behind the wood. Took a closer look and she's laying eggs! Elliot is following her, fertilising them...
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    Strange behaviour?

    Hi, thanks for the reply. The male was courting the female. I had done some research and the movement was sort of to show strength, he was pushing water up next to her by flicking his body sideways. They have definitely paired up now anyway. I was watching them earlier and they were doing a...
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    Strange behaviour?

    Sorry for the late reply, have only just seen this. I keep my African in a separate tank, all by him/her self. Not entirely sure on the sex but does have a round belly. Although that could be due to feeding lol he loves his frozen foods! Literally takes them from my fingers. Its a beautiful...
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    Strange behaviour?

    Yeah i knew they were from the same genus. I have done a good bit of reading, its all so fascinating. Im new to keeping fish and cichlids are my first fish. Im enjoying it. I love their character etc. I also have an African jewel, hemichromis bimaculatus. I think its a she. She's started...
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