Neolamprologus leleupi Eggs!

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    I can now understand why my Neo. leleupi's have been so protective of the little patch of shells in the "showing" area of the tank.

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    Look at the pic below - what do you see?

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    I must say they've been protecting that patch very aggressively and looks like they're going to be successful in guarding their young...

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    Awesome Pedro! You must be very pleased. How large an area of the tank are the parents defending?
     
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    OMW thats some nice shots you have there...

    CONGRATS!

    How many eggs???

    Keep us updated...would love to see pictures of the fry.
     
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    Hey Ryan,

    I'm very pleased indeed. I just hope that the 21 Syno. petricola's or my Aethiomastecemblus ellipsfer don't get hold of them. The parents wouldn't be able to hold off the 21 petricolas if they decided to really go for those eggs. The area is about 15cm squared.

    Hey d3tained,

    Not sure how many eggs - but at least 20 to 30 I'd say... I hope they pull through.
     
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    Whoah. You've got a lot of specialised fry predators in there. Sorry to say it, but I'd be surprised if any make it.
     
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    Yip. I know! I'm gonna let Mama Nature orchestrate...
     
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    :crytear: The parents abandoned the shell patch towards the end of last week. I can see no visible traces of the eggs and definately no signs of leleupi fry.

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    I think that either the petricola's or my albomaculatus (pictured above) got hold of the eggs, as that area is currently being squatted on by them.
     
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    It could also be that the eggs did not hatch this time. Most cichlids take a few spawns before they get things right.

    Nice fish
     
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    Thanks Andre.

    They've started digging in new areas of my setup and every now and then defending them dearly. They may have already tried a couple of times - like I said before, I'm going to let Mother Nature dictate the results...
     
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    Thats the way Guvnor let mother nature decide that was my stratergy with the guppies, no breeding nets just the tank 1 male 2 females and now 3 months leter +- 50 babies. LOOL
     
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    Nice one Pedro

    With that eel in the tank it 'might' be a good idea to put a night light on so that the parents can see when the predator approaches. I don't mean the tank lights, just a small desk lamp on the other end of room so that the tank is not in complete darkness. I'm being serious, really :)
     
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    Thanks Cameron. Yip, I actually did just that and kept one of the corridor lamps on during a couple of nights but even so no sign of any eggs.

    The "randy couple" are still busy shifting huge piles of substrate all over the show and have tried their luck in several different locations. They have returned to the patch of shells and have been digging fervently around them for the last few days.

    I still reckon though that the albomaculatus was not responsible but rather that the gang of petricolas (+/-20) were the culprits.
     

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