04-25-2013, 08:55 PM #1
How will I know when my firemouths have paired up?
Two of my firemouths often face each other and flare up and just go back and forth for a while, they do this quite often. I believe they male and female. Are they "testing" each other or are they just fighting over territory. They never actually attack they just flare up swim away then flare up again. There is also a large pit in one corner of my tank, though it could have been my L200. Only those two flare up, the third wich I believe to be another male just swims away when the female flares at him. The female likes to hover around the pit, often not going farther than a few inches away from it.
07-26-2013, 03:53 PM #2
the pit is a spawning site, and the female is guarding her eggs. The male should be patroling the area as well if this is a true pair. I will say that sometimes you get a female that is overly aggressive and causes the spawn to fail by not letting the male do his part. I had the same type of thing with a pair of severums. They were bonded but the female would lay a string of eggs then chase the male away before he could fertilize them. I would just wait and see since it doesn't sound like it's really causing any major issues. Also the presence of the pleco may end the situation altogether by sneaking in at night and making a snack out the eggs and fry.
Ha silly me, just noticed the date on the post LOL!
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