09-04-2007, 10:43 PM
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To phrase better what happens.
"This species is a mouthbrooder, meaning the larvae are carried, hatch, and develop in the mother's mouth (buccal cavity), for about three weeks. These fish are ovophiles and the male will excavate a pit in the sand within his territory, in which the female lays the eggs; the female then takes these eggs into her mouth for fertilization. The mother continues to care for the young for about a week after they leave her mouth."
In my experice, if you have gravel dont worry because males still will dig in it, we have pretty course rock in the rank the the fish can barley move and they have still sucessfully breed there.
I hope that helps lol.