well, I've had my cichlid tank for almost a year now and it's a mix of africans. I was watching my fish tonight and noticed one acting kinda odd, looking skinnier, looking as if to be moving something around in its mouth but barely opening the mouth, and it seemed as if something was coming out of the underside as it kinda "puckered". I did also notice something sitting on the side of a slate rock that resembled an egg like shape and about 4 more of them on the gravel below. The smae fish was also shooing other fish away from the whole area it was swimming. one of the other fish did pick up the egg like object and eat it. It was def. too smooth to be a left over pellet of food since it wouldn't have been so smooth around the edges as the objects/eggs. I am not even sure which ones are female and which r male. I only assume one for sure is male based on it's alpha personality and it has also been making a "home/hole" the last couple of days in a cave and was caught shimmying it's fins and body earlier tonight.
Now, I have absolutely no experience breeding anything other than live bearers so I really don't know for sure what the next step would be for me to do or what the fish will do. I really only remember somethign along the lines of the female lays eggs, male fertilizes them, and one or the other (not sure) picks them up in their mouth until they hatch and then they "watch/gaurd" the young until they're big enough to survive on their own?
I do have a breeder net that is in my tank housing an electric blue young adult that I got from a lfs. it's still to small to be set in my tank and not be eaten/chased. I have a young dinosaur eel (petrii) and a much bigger dinosaur eel (puff) that have been known to eat small fishies.
any and all advice is welcome!