These beautiful wildcaught Aulonocara were bought
as a company for the Copadichromis jacksoni and Lethrinops furcifer. As
they're wildcaught fish they are much more sensitive to stress and
diseases that most tank-bred species and contact with most tank-bred
cichlids should be strictly avoided in order not to infect these
precious wild fish. F1 cichlids from a trustable origin are not a
problem when you take strict measures though. To avoid territorial
stress all the cichlids we like to keep together in a tank should be
added at the exact same moment. Additions afterwards are always a risk
as the newcomers always need to establish their own territory what
drives stress in the tank to a peak. I also treated all these fish with
FMC and an antibiotic to be sure that most parasites were removed. This
way of working gave me the fantastic result of losing not a single fish.
In the meantime the 2 females have had 4 spawns in total of which 2 are
still carried by the mother now (April 2005). The first batch went to my
friend Staf who will raise them. The second batch I will keep for myself
and these will be raised to increase the amount of Aulonocara cobue in
the 1500L tank.
Some brutal displaying: I removed the right part of
the photo as the subdominant fish already suffered more than enough!
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The eggs visible in the mouth of the
A juvenile visible in the mouth of the female.
The cobue fry.
A close-up from the head of the dominant male. Even
the 3008X2000 pixel original is tack sharp what reveals the true
capabilities of the Nikon D70 we use! Click on the image to see the high