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Old 02-12-2013, 06:58 PM   #411
 
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Talking I have eggs!!!!!

SO SO SOOOOO SUPER EXCITED to announce that MY RAMS HAVE SPAWNED!!!!

Liz and C.Cat have decided to take their romance to the next level (finally, they've been flirting for AGES, I swear) and I HAVE EGGS!!! *swoons*

This is their first attempt, and I know that first attempts with cichlids don't often end well, and that in a community tank, their chances are even less - BUT STILL! Y'ALL!!! MY BABIES. . . ARE HAVING BABIES! At the very least, they're attempting to make me a fishy grandmother!

All eyes have been to the tank this evening, as you can imagine, but I'll try to update after lights-out, or tomorrow with some yet-to-be-taken video and/or pics. . . just had to tear myself away for a quick minute to let you guys know!!!

Back to keep watch! I'll check in soon. . .
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:08 PM   #412
 
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That's awesome Jes!!! Hopefully that will continue and you will get some babies out of it! Well lets hope anyways!!
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:53 PM   #413
 
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Right on. I'd say you should try to block it, but if they figure things out you wont need to. lol The over-stocked cichlid tank at the veterinary hospital here always has new babies. The tank looks like it might be a 75 gallon or so, but it's got about twenty-thirty cichlids, few pictus catfish(wait, I think I may be wrong on that one, they're silver catfish with black fins, much bigger than it says the pictus catfish gets, maybe the columbian shark? That looks similar lol) and some giant creature that looks like a cross between an eel and a catfish....there's always babies somehow, they're good at protecting their nests if they figure it all out.
Good luck to you! I hope at least some of them make it. =) It'll really be something to see. Photo/video of the eggs for incoming? =O A girl can hope, right? lol
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:28 AM   #414
 
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SO SO SOOOOO SUPER EXCITED to announce that MY RAMS HAVE SPAWNED!!!!

Liz and C.Cat have decided to take their romance to the next level (finally, they've been flirting for AGES, I swear) and I HAVE EGGS!!! *swoons*

This is their first attempt, and I know that first attempts with cichlids don't often end well, and that in a community tank, their chances are even less - BUT STILL! Y'ALL!!! MY BABIES. . . ARE HAVING BABIES! At the very least, they're attempting to make me a fishy grandmother!

All eyes have been to the tank this evening, as you can imagine, but I'll try to update after lights-out, or tomorrow with some yet-to-be-taken video and/or pics. . . just had to tear myself away for a quick minute to let you guys know!!!

Back to keep watch! I'll check in soon. . .
Yay!! That's so awesome. =D Congrats!!! <3 Little baby fish
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:37 PM   #415
 
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Eggie update!

Great news, guys! WE STILL HAVE EGGS!!! I'm so very happy that they made it through the night! Mom and Dad (mostly Mom, lol) are still standing guard. Liz hasn't moved from her spot, unless it's to shoo another fish away, since the eggs were laid yesterday. Very excited, and if all goes as I've read it should, and the eggs have been properly fertilized (looked like C.Cat was on it!) I should be able to see eyes in there this evening some time!

Here's a shot of Momma Liz with her little clutch. . . only took one, and with no flash - I didn't want to disturb her, happy it came out. . .



She's so intense! In the times in between shooing off everything that moves and fanning eggs, very intent on digging up all of the sand where my Crypt is rooted for her nursery!

Isssokay - my Little Earth Eater can melt or move any plant she wants to! It IS her home, after-all!

C.Cat is patrolling the outer parameter, and stops in to check on his lady every few minutes. It's so neat to watch Cichlids being good little parents. . . to their eggs. I really hope we get WIGGLERS, at least! Trying to figure out exactly what I'm gonna do if/when they make it to free swimming stage. What to feed them, should I move them - all that fun stuff.

I've been wondering for a long time now how things would go with The Livvies -vs- everyone else in the tank should they ever breed, since so many of my fish are bottom dwellers, and I keep a shoal of Rams, as opposed to the single bonded pair, or lone singleton, that many people recommend. Glad to report that so far - all is well!

Obviously they're being very territorial right now, definitely more so than I've ever seen from them, but they're NOT being mean. They've thus far stuck to the gentle aggression that I've always seen in these little fish. They're most wary toward the other Rams, though for the most part this is still chasing off - not so much biting. Though I'm QUITE SURE that if the chasee didn't leave, he/she WOULD get bitten - the parents have their mouths set to bite if it's necessary, but so far all fins and scales remain intact. The loaches, I'm feeling a bit sorry for, they really don't seem to have any idea what's going on, but they're allowed closer than the other rams are before being shooed off. And again, while the parent's mouths are POISED to bite, if the loach doesn't scare off after a rush, Momma's been HEAD-BUTTING them out of the way, rather than biting them. So far, they've been fairly quick to get out of the way. The same applies to the frog, I actually saw Liz shove him three times in a row - she pretty much pushed him out of her territory on top of her head - but didn't bite him. I'll keep watching, of course. It could be that they become more aggressive once the eggs have hatched - and that the other creatures will be more intent to eat them at that point. So far so good, though!

The parents picked a pretty good spot - unfortunately, it's directly in the middle of the tank, lol! But their territory is defined by four rocks that create a sort of semi circle, and an arch of driftwood seems to be the upper limit to the territory. As long as the fish stay ABOVE the wood, and BEYOND the rocks - and don't hang out for too long in the middle of the tank, they're pretty much left alone. The next-most dominant ram has a bit less leeway, they're watching poor Hattie closely, but nobody seems stressed out about it, so I'm happy! Hope it continues to go so well!

One last note. . . I looked it up, yesterday at pretty much the exact time that the eggs were laid, was my 1-year anniversary in fish-keeping. . . what a wonderful anniversary present - and hopefully a nice gift of wigglers on Valentine's day, too! Goodness I've learned a LOT this year. . .

I did take a video for you guys, but I picked the wrong song, and YouTube blocked it, lol! I'll give it another try later :)
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:31 PM   #416
 
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LoL Jes you are just going go have to stop putting songs to the Videos! You Evil Doer!!
Glad to hear that for the most part all are getting along and there's been no biting! Keeping my fingers crossed that you get some free swimmers! How cool would that be?!?!? First spawn and you get some that make it that far!?!?
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:52 PM   #417
 
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I KNOW how unlikely it is. . . but. . . I can't help but hope!!! It WOULD be amazingly cool! *fingers and TOES crossed*

And I will never stop using songs *MWAHAHA* Crazy YouTube. What do they think I'm gonna DO with them!? lol!
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:28 PM   #418
 
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Eyes?!



For the first time since I put it in, I'm really HATING my black sand, lol! Makes it pretty tough to tell, but I think you should be able to see from the image above that there are little black specks IN the eggs - that weren't there before! You can see the grains of black sand that have gotten in between the eggs, too - Tahitian Moon sand is fairly coarse - definitely thicker than those itty bitty black . . . EYES!?? And it looks like I only have two, *maybe* three, 'duds' in the bunch. . . wow. I really hope I get to see some lil' WIGGLERS!!! This is so amazing to me. . .
REALLY wishing I had a macro lens for my camera right now, so I could get a clearer shot, lol!

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Old 02-14-2013, 05:18 PM   #419
 
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Now that is pretty neat.
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:24 PM   #420
 
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It REALLY is, girl! I'm just fascinated by all of this (can you tell?!) It's easier to see in person, but there are DEFINITELY fish in those eggs! So super cool...

Okay, so a question to those more experienced than I. . . there are two eggs that are not viable - you can pick them out in the above image because they're very white, and not cream/yellowish colored. One of them looks as if it *might* possibly be starting to get a fungus. Should I just leave it? Or try to remove it? I've read that an egg mold can spread to the other eggs, killing them and the babies inside, but. . . I'm afraid to disturb momma's nest, and ALSO afraid to mess up the good eggs that are right beside them. Ram eggs seem to be pretty sticky (just from the looks of things) so I'm not even sure if I could remove those two. . . any thoughts?
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