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Spyder
10-14-2008, 11:41 AM
Hi all, I have a pair of wild caught Cyprichromis leptosoma (Mpulungu), otherwise known as "Blue Flash". They have spawned many times and I now have my group to 60. For those of you not familiar with them they are mouth brooders. The female will drop her eggs and catch them in her mouth and the male will fertilize them in the same fashion all in the open water.
The female will then hold the fry in her mouth for up to 31 days before releasing. During this time the female does not eat, any food she takes in is for the fry. This is very dangerous to the female and many have died so after 3 weeks I strip the female if the young.

Typically the female will hold up to 15 babies, my female has delivered anywhere from 7 - 14 fry. On Sunday it was time to strip her and to my astonishment she was holding.....pause......pause.....20 fry!!!

Here are some pics if the adults, I will try to get a pic of the 20 babies today.

Thanks for listening, Michael

In this pic the female is holding
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg294/Spydermsd/P3051652-1.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg294/Spydermsd/P3281672.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg294/Spydermsd/P3051653.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg294/Spydermsd/P3051650.jpg

Sharon
10-14-2008, 11:45 AM
Oh my!!! They are lovely!:19:

Gayle
10-14-2008, 11:57 AM
Wow they are very pretty!! 20 that is a lot, you must be doing something right! LOL Can not wait to see the pics!!!

ILuvMyGoldBarb
10-14-2008, 12:59 PM
Very cool. Congrats on the fry. I love Tanganyikan cichlids.

Northernguy
10-14-2008, 03:13 PM
Those are neat fish!:c3:
Congrats on the fry!:19:

I am looking forward to fry pics!

angelcakes
10-14-2008, 03:19 PM
lovely fish:19: :19:

Spyder
10-14-2008, 10:48 PM
I took some pics of the fry but it's nearly impossible to get any good ones. They are in a small 3 gallon tank inside my 300 gallon. The pics will give you an idea. They are very small. about 1/4" in total lenth.

Hope you enjoy, Michael

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg294/Spydermsd/PA142729.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg294/Spydermsd/PA142730.jpg

Here are a coupe tank shots of my peaceful Tang tank. 300 gallons

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg294/Spydermsd/PA142735.jpg

Dark
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg294/Spydermsd/PA142741.jpg

Spyder
10-14-2008, 10:50 PM
A few more pics

Light but blurry
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg294/Spydermsd/PA142742.jpg

This shows my fry tank inside my main tank
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg294/Spydermsd/PA142731.jpg

Some fish
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg294/Spydermsd/PA142738.jpg

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg294/Spydermsd/PA142745.jpg

kaybee
10-14-2008, 11:45 PM
Nice tank and fish!

troy
10-15-2008, 12:12 AM
Great tank!

Gayle
10-15-2008, 12:42 AM
You make me jealous!!!!!!!!! The fry are very cute!! To get clear pics of my fry I take like 100 or so pics, with flash, tank lights off, macro mode. Then I crop the pics, it works for me. But with the looks of your pics, LOL you probably don't need my advice.

hank
10-15-2008, 12:49 AM
Wonderful looking pictures. Must have a good camera....

Red
10-15-2008, 12:50 AM
Love this tank too!!!
your killing me :)

jlennon
10-15-2008, 01:01 AM
Wow greta work my man!!:19:

Northernguy
10-15-2008, 02:03 AM
I enjoyed that,some nice shots !:19:

benjie_eb
10-15-2008, 02:53 AM
^^^^^ is jealous. Lovely fish and very nice tank.
Fry are so cute and it's amazing watching them transform.

Lady Hobbs
10-15-2008, 03:19 AM
Now those are some neat fish that I had not heard of. They remind me of blue eye rainbows somewhat. Nice fish and a nice pile of them.

dean30bb
10-15-2008, 04:45 AM
wow there awsome fish thats a huge tank

AmazingH
10-16-2008, 11:18 PM
Very cool!
How large are the adults like.. ?

Spyder
10-17-2008, 03:10 AM
Very cool!
How large are the adults like.. ?

Most Cyprochromis are Jumbos and get 6" and are a bit aggressive. These perticular Cyps are not Jumbos, they get about 4" (which makes holding 20 fry even more remarkable) and they are peaceful.

AABatteries
10-19-2008, 04:17 AM
Wow, that's an amazing tank.