The Tilapia Are Spawning

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Omniskies, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They were born in late August, early September. For the past few weeks the top male in the school has been showing off his fancy look-at-me-I'm-sexy-daddy-material colors and when I woke up this morning one of the girls finally admitted that he really did look good. He has been working obsessively to remove all of the remaining rocks from the bare glass at the bottom of the aquarium. A huge hole has been dug out. He even keeps trying to move one of the decorative rocks that is putting a dent in his perfect oval. The girl is hanging out above the nest. Every once in a while she acts like she's helping, but personally I think she's just eating whatever she finds in the gravel while she waits for him to finish convincing her that him and his nest are the only thing for her.

    With any luck there will be eggs laid by noon, then a week later the eggs should hatch and a week after that the mother will become fed up with her children and will be ready to go back into the main tank.

    Ideally, by mid-February there will be babies who need new homes.

    I've tried taking pictures, but between their constant moving and my poor camera skills we're just not coming out with anything that looks like fish.
     
  2. Ohne-Fehler

    Ohne-Fehler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very cool... I would love to see pictures if you manage to get any!
     
  3. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    That's so cool.
    I love Tilapia... for dinner!
     
  4. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So cool!
    I'd love to do fish, but DH has never eaten fresh fish besides bass [​IMG] and isn't convinced it would be worth it. Maybe one fine day I'll just have no idea how a couple got into that huge water trough [​IMG]
     
  5. desertskynm

    desertskynm Out Of The Brooder

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    Sooooo coooool!!

    Please let us know how this develops!

    Misty
    ps- where can I learn more about how to do something like this?
     
  6. Maryallison

    Maryallison Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds neat to watch! Good luck with your baby fish! [​IMG]
     
  7. treldib

    treldib Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool! What species? I have White Nile Tilapia and Blue Tilapia....
     

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