L244 Sexing: Now with a spawn and fry

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Thanks for the update, Paul. Those yellow bands are gorgeous.

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Here’s a pic of one of the adults and a youngster together. Sorry about the quality, I didn’t have the proper camera to hand and the adult scarpered quickly!
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I just did my regular weekly water change and substrate siphon on the L244 tank, and found these in a bucket of waste water. I’m not sure whether to be happy or annoyed with myself!
I have set up a nursery, at least 3 are still wriggling and 3 have not yet hatched.
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Wow, glad you found them. I imagine you searched the tank for more?

Hopefully they survive Paul.

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Thanks Eric. I haven’t searched the tank - it’s a bit of a labyrinth and I’m not sure if tearing it all apart is the best thing to do at this stage.
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It's been an age since I've been on - sorry!
Lots of other pressures in life and I've been trying to gradually reduce the numbers of fish and tanks. Needless to say the fish have other ideas, despite me not actually trying to breed anything!
In one of my tanks I have finally found the absolute favourite food for a gold nugget - Farlowella eggs! Intriguingly, 'Klondyke' waits patiently for an hour or more until a pair of twigs have finished spawning, and then shoulder-barges the male out of the way and gobbles the lot! At least the twig cats aren't multiplying any more.

Anyway, getting back on topic for this thread, I lost a couple of the larger L244s about a year back, I think they may have got wedged in a cave. But I'm pleased to report that two of the remaining group have now spawned (probably a different pair from before) and there are several 10mm fry around the tank. They have taken to the courgette slices enthusiastically.
Pseudolithoxus dumus fry on courgette
Pseudolithoxus dumus fry on courgette
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This is great. Glad to see more spawns of Pseudolithoxus (on my list, for sure). Sorry to learn though that you're cutting back on the hobby.

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Great news. Congratulations
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Many thanks Eric and Flatfish!
So far, the most I have seen at one time is 4 fry, there may be a few more.
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