I agree that aggression is due to isolation. And that's why they aren't as aggressive in the wild. I also agree that aggression will occur when they are disturbed/moved..... But I always experience aggression when they want to spawn. 3 - 4 months is the longest I can keep them together peacefully.
You have crayfish too? What kind? I have redclaws and some papua type, and others I don't know the names. Redclaws are the easiest to keep. Papua's are the most difficult. I have never succeeded spawning papua's.
I guess I'm a greedy (?) type - wanting everything though have very limited resources.
In an experiment that I conducted last year with multi spawn with one male and female in a 10g NPT-the female did not eat the fry, the older fry did however eat the younger smaller fry
This time-I had added a unrelated female to eat the large mosquito larva and I had already added some fry for outside and she did not eat them..I was surprised by this personally
I am of the opinion that it is genetic too, I still have multi males and females (siblings) housed together in a 75g NPT and some outside still without issues/aggression/fighting-I do find a nest with eggs on occasion but no live fry due to other species of fish in the tank and crayfish in the outside tank.
I have found that siblings raised together from spawn parents that are less aggressive tend to be better parents and male won't fight unless they are moved, I still can't re-introduce without fights and this is one of my goals
I think some of my success is related to environmental factors too.
Yes, you should show us pictures. I'm guessing they should be about 0.5 - 1 cm (you didn't give us the actual size)
I forgot to ask in your thread and don't want to double post. Was the female not eating fry your first experience? You see I believe that behavior is genetic. .... I'm not asking you to experiment, please don't risk loosing fry! I was just wondering if you've had such experiences in the past. I'm trying to either prove myself wrong/right.
Hi again, How's your outside spawn doing? You haven't updated us. They should be about a month old. What do you feed them after 1 week old. ...... basically I'm asking about every detail about their development. Please update, I'd like to know because it's different from the usual.
Help hes at the bad of the tank gasping what did i do???? Im in a panic...on top of that the LFS told me to bring him back in so they can take a look at him and when i try to catch him with a net ...guess what speedy Gonzales is off to the races. I dont get it!? then he settles right back down to the same area and starts doing it again.
Not a problem, the longer the conditioning the better, but at least 2 weeks- unless they have been well cared for and healthy to start and then a week-a good varied diet and if you have live foods to add all the better-small amount more frequently.
I have never had luck in getting the fry to eat anything but live foods unless I kept the male with them and he will teach them to eat non-live foods.
Depending on the male-some can be left with their fry and be just fine other will eat them...so be careful if you keep the male long term with the fry.