Keyhole eggs still there..

Cleithracara maronii (stressed colouration)This is quite surprising, but the keyhole eggs are still on the bit of wood and the parents are doing a good job of keeping the snails off! There are a few infertile ones, but most seem to be doing well.
Photo shows one of the other males which wandered too close to the breeding pair: he tried to have a closer look at the eggs, and the pair were not having any of it.

Back to fertilisers and keyhole spawn

I received a new batch of 50 tabs of Sera’s florenette A so 4 of those went under the Hygrophila corymbosa var. siamensis, Vallis., Echinodorus tenellus and Cryptocoryne beckettii ‘petchii’ yesterday, and another 16 were dispered under some of the other plants today (Hygrophila polysterma, Crypt. wendtii ‘brown’, Echinodorus bleheri, Eichhornia azurea, Pogostemon erectum, Crypt. wendtii ‘green gecko’, Pogostemon helferi). I also noticed that the keyholes have spawned again and because as usual, I do not believe that they will do well, I removed 10 eggs using a paintbrush. Even as I was removing the eggs, the Melanoides tuberculata ((Malaysian trumpet snails) were already trying to eat the rest. One unusual thing did happen though: the male keyhole bit me, which has never happened before, even when they were breeding. On closer inspection, I am not sure if the female spawned with her usual mate or one of the younger ones because the older male and the bigger of the younger two now look almost identical.

Keyholes spawned

Cleithracara maronii male

The 7 year old male and his 5 year old partner spawned again, they have done this regularly for the last 3-4 years, but have never succeed in raising a brood because the female was raised artificially, and I suspect that the male was too. This time, they chose a spot on top of the pleco’s log as their spawning site. They have been fed live (frozen) foods unusually often for the last week, which would have conditioned them.

As always, the eggs were gone once lights went off, but I do plan to attempt breeding them in a dedicated aquarium in the next few months.

The loss of the last spawn, from this pair, which took place in the community aquarium resulted in the aggression between the pair and the other two males and required the removal of the pair into other accommodation. It looks like the 5 ft, 150 cm, aquarium is just big enough for the four to stay out of each other’s way.

Temperature is currently 26 °C.