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Cavy2
08-21-2008, 08:25 AM
I put 3 Mpimbwe ( approx 3 or 4") juvies in my 220 where I have a adult female. She has a mouth full of something. She has held "rocks" before. I wouldn't think the little ones are mature enough to spawn. Any thoughts?

mbovinet
08-21-2008, 12:01 PM
Males that size are not going to mature enough. I've had females hold at 4" before

Fat B
08-21-2008, 12:20 PM
Mike is right, females can spawn at a smaller size (4") but males take a little longer to mature. I wouldn't think that the female is holding fertile eggs right now. I have 2 guesses to what is happening. One, the female is holding rocks (or air) and is practicing or whatever reason the have to hold something other than eggs. My other guess is one of the smaller males is trying to breed with the female, they went through the dance and she is holdign infertile eggs. Either way I think in 3 days or so she'll go back to holding nothing. Let us know what happens.

Tim

Fat B
08-21-2008, 12:21 PM
Anything else in that tank? If not that's a castle for those fronts!

Cavy2
08-21-2008, 12:27 PM
Oh, there's a ton of stuff in that tank, here's a shot. The front pictured isn't the one in question.
At what size will the males be mature?

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h223/Cavy2/220-1.jpg