Babies from local Cichlid.

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  1. lennard

    lennard Active Member

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    I am actively looking for wild guppies in the local "river". I have found Barbus paludinosus (Straightfin barb), common catfish(Barber) and a Cichlid species that gave me all this babies:

    (Photo quality poor due to chemical stain on glass.)

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    It seems that the females carries the eggs in their mouths(their heads look abnormally big!), then deposit the fry in a hollow area and then the males take over. In this case a smaller and bigger male - they work together and their will always be one of them guarding the fry. The females do not come close to the fry.

    The fry are now two weeks old - would love to post better pics, but I don't want to clean the glass from the inside at this stage.

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    Congrats on the fry!
    Are those vlei kurper(Tilapis sparrmanii)?
     
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    very nice. Always lekker when that happens
     
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    That is so cool....
    Very nice
     
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    I believe they are Tilapia sparrmanii. I will release the fry back to the wild as soon as possible.

    Thanks for the positive responses.
     
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    Thats epic !
     
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    is there cichlid thats native to South Africa???
     
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    im raising 4 from fry. Will probably do a river sand tank for them at some stage or something. Pity they wont sell in lfs
     
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    Just seen this now.

    Yes, there are quite a few cichlid species found in SA

    I have a fantastic book on the fresh water fish of SA.
    Well worth getting.
     
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    @Reedfish im not a big fisherman, but one day my parents in law took the kids fishing, they then brought fry and a tadpole home in a cup and told me i must raise them, so there i sat and couldnt say no. only when the fry got bigger i noticed that kurper, as the locals calls them are infact cichlids. lol stupid on my behalf not knowing it...

    so ja, currently have them in an unheated tank, but will get a small heater in a week or 2 before winter.

    hiding a lot.

    The tadpole grew and when he turned into a frog he left by himself, staying in my pond now.

    The kurpers are about 2 or 3 cm long now
     
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