06-25-2013, 04:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Agent13
Thanks . Yes I know about the venting and wish I was experienced enough to learn how to pick them up without them doing something stupid. And I think only my acei is barely large enough to do that with accurate results. Luckily all are 1st gen captive so everyone colors up with obvious male coloring pretty fast. But it just seems the color differences in these guys are too subtle.
No lip locking with them. Seen the fin shake thing and a lot of ( what appears to be mutual agreed upon and non aggressive) sand dancing. They cut a crater to do that in.
What might they be at risk of interbreeding with if in fact one turns out female. I have no other form of labs yet. My tank has a sunshine peacock, Nimbochromis fuscotaeniatus, red zebra, red fin albino zebra, rusty's, acei, demasoni. ( think that's it ... That's a mouthful to remember)
In interesting weird other behavior observed. After the most recent additions were added I woke up to a tank of nobody having egg spots aside from the tank boss acei and the two white labs. Quintessential ripping away your male ego move haha ...literally .
The hole digging is generally a sign of mating, they do this for a place to lay the eggs until the male fertilizes the eggs, after that the female will then scoop the eggs up and begin the incubation process.
Regarding inbreeding, you can have serious side effects or none at all, mind you be that a majority of the fish in the market today are inbred fish. Mainly due to the fact that it often produces new strains, some of which with spectacular color that can be sold easily. Fish chains have no concern about the adverse effects that can come from inbreeding such as genetic defects and what not, they are fine with the w/n ratio regardless.
As I stated earlier regarding potential spawning mates, the red zebras have been known to spawn with labs. Since the ones you have are technically the same species, it makes no difference.
Best of luck!