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Baby Cichlid Studies

In Baby Cichlid Studies on April 23, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Broke out the primitive 2 megapixel Olympus just because.. This was my first serious digital camera – C2040 with the super bright f1.8 lense. Paired with a Canon close-up lense and it can still play with the big boys. Reminds me of Chris Chelios a few yrs ago..

Anyways, 2 batches of baby cichlids… First are about 5 days old. These are from my male Herichthys carpinte and a female hybrid (Salvini x Red Devil). Really not sure what these are going to look like.

They're not actually swimming. A little sticky thread on their heads is attached to the moss.

They're developing fast, yolk sacs getting smaller.. And they have surprisingly huge mouths already!

They look like little aliens!

The next batch of babies is a little over a month old. Growing slowly, but seem to be just starting to sprout. The biggest ones are about 1 cm long. Father is a Cryptoheros nanoluteus and mother is a runt Amatitlania siquia (Honduran Red Point). She has great iridescence, but only grew to a little over an inch. Which actually is the perfect size for her mate. Any bigger, and she would beat the heck out of him like an abusive housewife!

The young are just starting to show some bits of colour here and there. I think they have great potential which is why I went a bit crazy with the pix!

One of the bigger ones. Almost for sure a female (dark spot in the dorsal fin). It's crazy that they're sorta sexable at this size.

They are all starting to show some iridescence, especially on the gill plate.

Here's a closer look. You can almost see the individual iridophores! (not!)

This is what a bloodworm looks like after all the blood has been sucked out of the worm!

Foraging in java moss.

From behind and on top. Little bits of colour all over.

They look great from almost any angle!

Little girl nibbling on the air tubing.

Here's a boy (no dark spot in the dorsal fin) who's definitely got some potential.

Here's a dirty pic.. (the glass). I included this one to show the blue colour coming in on the anal fin.

Mother sans breeding colours (which are more high contrast white/black). She's not too photogenic, but she has great iridescence all over.

Father is a fairly normal looking nanoluteus. When breeding, he also goes mostly white/black (some yellow stays in the fins and on the gill plates).

Here's the pair together. He's really into her, and she just loves him. Nice odd couple. Hopefully the young end up with some colour from both.

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