Friggin’ fry!

Julidochromis dickfeldi fry. Photo by the author.

I’m posting this one about fry because there are a couple of interesting observations from my 33g long. This is the tank that has (or had) three Julidochromis dickfeldi and five ‘Lamprologus’ ocellatus. I lost a couple of occies from what I think was aggression – one male and one female. I now have two males and a female. The deceased female was a bit of a runt, and I had been concerned about her for a while. Out of the original five, she was by far the smallest. She just never grew much. She got ostracized, and I think one of the paired dickfeldi got her. 

Of the three original dickfeldi I put into that tank, there were two females and a male. Well, the male and one of the females paired off in the rocks on the left side of the tank. Naturally, the lone female got pushed to the other end of the tank…exactly where the occies had set up shop. In fact, I think it is that lone female’s presence that has prevented my lone female occie from spawning. 

This weekend during my weekly water change, I noticed while vacuuming what I thought was a tiny free swimming fry. It wasn’t in the rocks and it was nowhere near the female occie’s shell. Well, as I was letting the water drain out of the tank I watched, in horror, as a lone fry begin trying to make it’s way across the tank. One of the male occies started tracking it and, just before it reached the right end of the tank, the occie struck. Just like that, the little fry was gone.

If you follow the blog regularly, you know how I do water changes. I’m set up to save fry that accidentally get vacuumed up. Sure enough, I looked into my bucket closely and there were at least six fry in there. See the photo at the top.

So in order to give the fry (which must be from the dickfeldi) a fighting chance, I moved the unpaired female out of the tank. Now there is just a pair of dickfeldi, three occies, and who knows how many fry. I do know there are multiple broods of dickfeldi fry because I saw a couple of larger fry in the rocks that must be at least a couple of months old. The fry in the photo above can’t be older than a couple of weeks. 

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