I know where you live
- Nov 13, 2006
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- Peoria, Illinois
I've got eggs in this tank again, and the female is in her bright yellow kill bill outfit attacking anything that comes near. Once more I'm not sure if the male has done his job as he is currently hiding behind the filter, seemingly in an attempt to escape the wrath of the female.
Once again I'll hope for the best but expect a failed attempt.
Congrats! I would not be so certain that the male didn't do his job.
Observing my a. cacatouides for several spawns, watching youtube videos of their natural habitat and doing a lot of research this is what I've learned:
1. It seems most apistos, while they can breed as a pair, do better as a harem.
2. The reason for this is that the female is 90% responsible for fry care. The female will have little use for the male while she is raising the fry beyond perimeter defense and the occasional "watch the fry while I go get milk" duty.
3. The female will care for the fry for a very long time if the male is not present - like 2-3 months in some cases.
4. While the female is protecting the eggs and wrigglers, she likely will not eat much.