Sunday Auction- Wild Lamprologus callipterus "magara"

3 years 8 months ago #36320 by IndecisiveCichlidKeeper
A little update:

20+ fry now free swimming and eating powdered food. Two more shells with females keeping the fry inside under guard currently as well.

Another interesting observance so far has been the aggression among the brooding females even. I've never had an issue with females really getting aggressive towards eachother when kept in close proximity even. Nothing like these callipterus.

The male groups all the shells and females into a pit next to eachother yet when the females exit their shells just for a few seconds even, the females attack eachother and then dive back into their shells where their young are at. Very "catty". Probably the cause of them taking quite a long time to let their fry roam from what I am used to.

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3 years 8 months ago #36300 by IndecisiveCichlidKeeper
I understand your sentiment and have bred a number of shellies to know their behavior. This species though has quite a few differences in their behavior than others.

These however are not in their own tank, they never made it out of their temporary holding tank because the first breeding behavior and shelled up female occurred day 2 after they were acquired. Since then, two others as well. Their other tank has since been cycled but waiting on pulling the fry from what is there to then move them to their proper tank where they can then rear their future batches. For these batches, the idea is to simply secure them to prevent further tank aggression and to keep them safe from the other fish and be able to relocate the adults to a more suitable tank just for them.

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3 years 8 months ago #36299 by mikeg2929
Nail polish works. Let is dry in the air, then soak for 2 days. It will persist for years.

Removing the fry without having a failure is a rookie move. Most shellies (even giant ones) are great parents. You are missing out on some pretty cool behavior to make up for a drab fish. I think you are also teaching the fish to be skittish. The best solution, IMO, is less intervention, more shells and more cover. Leave them alone and you will be elbow deep in fry.

They dont breed like multis, but if you ever get the chance, get 2 or 3 pairs of multis and place them in a tank full of shells. In a year you will have 3oo - 400 fish. Absolutely staggering to see.

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3 years 8 months ago - 3 years 8 months ago #36298 by IndecisiveCichlidKeeper
I need to get a watersafe paint and mark some shells I think, They get shuffled around a lot with this species even with the females inside them.

Thought I was stripping the shell of the female that was in the longest but apparently not as the fry still have some egg sac. 25 fry in the first shell, going to let the other two stay till I can see the fry in the shell. These are all doing a lot of moving so keeping them in a small container with an airstone keeping water movement as well as their own ability to move some. Hoping to see them free swimming in few days. Have used this method in the past with substrate spawner's that always seemed to lay, get wigglers and eat the fry before they would get to free swimming. Hoping for success again. Now that I know they are definately successfully spawning though the other two shells with females will be left alone longer with their spawns.

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3 years 8 months ago #36297 by Razzo
Josh,

Congrats on the nice pick up. Those are really cool!

Russ

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Russ

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3 years 8 months ago #36291 by IndecisiveCichlidKeeper
Ok, just waiting for comfirmation of fry, nothing has left the shell yet but still all 3 females guarding still. Tried with no success so far to steal a shell while a female is out before she dives back in to her shell.

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3 years 8 months ago #36290 by scubadiver
Josh I think you should write the next Fish of the Month - great photos

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3 years 8 months ago #36287 by IndecisiveCichlidKeeper
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3 years 9 months ago #36272 by IndecisiveCichlidKeeper
Thanks! Give me some really interesting fish with unique personality over a bright colored boring species any day. Having a lot of fun observing this species so far. Just about everything that is said about this species in the wild that makes it interesting can be seen in the aquarium.





The male didn't stop at just the one shell, he has built his pit of shells to try and lure his females into by moving almost a dozen shells together in one area.



Already have one resident since tuesday that has not left her shell but can be seen fanning and sitting inside the shell at all times.

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3 years 9 months ago - 3 years 9 months ago #36259 by scubadiver
Josh I am really glad they went to someone who is going to breed them and give them a really nice environment.

Sometimes we bring in these fish and never hear or see them again

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