Last night C.Cat and Liz decided to get back together and give egg-laying another go!
So proud of C.Cat for sticking with his bondmate and not letting things get too far with Hatter ("NOTHING HAPPENED
, Liz, I SWEAR!
They've been mooning over each-other for the last few days - I've been so busy, so was hoping that they'd wait until I had a chance to sit with them before they *ahem* did the deed. And they did! But fish are dumb. . . they waited until feeding time, and then decided to spawn during the dinner rush - they'd been cleaning rocks for two full days, I don't know WHY
they chose that moment, but it didn't work out so well for them.
I think they were both under a lot of stress compared to the last go 'round. There was just too much activity in the tank and they seemed pretty frazzled with trying to keep everyone away. Plus 9 to the loach count. . .
I did manage to get a quick vid to share while they were laying/fertilizing. . .
After they were finished laying the eggs, C.Cat decided that Liz was NOT
a suitable mother. There followed the lip lock to end ALL
liplocks, which he won, of course, and then he proceeded to shoo her off!
Poor Liz! She really didn't seem to know what to do with herself! She kept trying to do her job and help out, and got chased away time and time again, until she paled out and hung sadly just outside of the invisible line that C.Cat was guarding, looking quite defeated. This morning, she was still there - and so were the eggs - but they didn't make it through until lights came up this afternoon. They probably wouldn't have made it, anyway. . .
Last time around, Liz was on top of her nest, fanning for all she was worth, while her mate patrolled the perimeter. They took turns and worked really well together, but Liz. . .she was amazingly dedicated. When it was C.Cat's turn, sometimes. . . well, he wandered a bit. So I'm not sure what gave him the idea that he could do it alone. *shakes head* Men!
What a stormy relationship these two have! I'm going to be working on setting them up in a tank all alone in the hopes that they'll have better luck, but it's going to take me a little while. . . life is looking pretty hectic for the next month or so. Hopefully they keep trying until I can make it happen for them :)
From what I've read this type of behavior isn't uncommon in a stressful situation - though I've also read that it can happen in a breeding tank without any threats for the two to unite against, lol! We'll just have to see what happens the next
time, neh? Hopefully, sooner or later, I'll get my rambabies! :)