I’ve posted before about my breeding pair of Telmatochromis sp. “temporalis shell”. I’ve also mentioned how incredibly prolific they are. Though I can’t count the number of offspring they’ve had and the number of fry I’ve accidentally vacuumed up (relax, I use a gravity siphon and they go in a bucket), I had yet to see their eggs. I have nearly a dozen shells in the tank, and the female doesn’t always use the same shell.
Well, today during the 1/2 tank clean out that I do twice a month, I was moving shells to vacuum and there they were. I think the female typically lays her eggs as deep in the shell as she can, but this time she didn’t. I spotted the eggs almost immediately. In the photo above, you can see the eggs just inside the aperture of the shell. I didn’t look deeper to see if there were more but I’m betting there are. You can see that they’re cream colored and about the size of the head of a ballpoint pen.