Breeding the Jaguar Cichlid
This article is featured in Redfish Magazine Issue 5, November 2011. Redfish Magazine is available for download totally free of charge. Download your copy today!
In this article Mo Devlin gives advice on how to breed the strikingly patterned and charismatic Jaguar Cichlid (Parachromis managuense). Mo has a great deal of experience with these fish, having kept and bred many pairs over a long period of time. Mo is also a talented and dedicated photographer and this article also features his amazing photography of these fish through the whole process of spawning and fry raising. Topics covered in this article include:
- The intriguing behaviours of breeding pairs during courtship, spawning and fry raising.
- The potential for aggression when breeding these fish in aquaria and how to manage this.
- How to recognise the different stages of courtship.
- Sexual dimporhism (the difference between males and females) in these large guapotes.
- The fascinating lip-locking behaviour performed by the pair during breeding.
- Questions of ethics surrounding the breeding of large volumes of fry by the hobbyist versus the situation in the wild where only a few fry survive from any one batch.
- Parental care and development of the eggs and fry and feeding and nutrition of the young fish.
To read this article in full, download your free copy of the November 2011 edition of Redfish Magazine.