Apistogramma sp. ‘Rotpunkt’ Fry

March 1st, 2008

Over the past few days, I have noticed that my two females in the 40G have been bright yellow in coloration, and have remained very close to their caves. These are tell-tale signs that they’ve been spawning. It looks like the first female’s fry are now free swimming!

Apistogramma sp. 'Rotpunkt' Fry

Right now, there is a sizable group of fry, with at least 20-30, but it could be even more. They move around so much, and they all look the same, that it’s near impossible to count. They spend most of the day grazing on tiny organisms and detritus throughout the tank, and especially on the porous mossy rock that contains all kinds of nooks and crannies for them to sort through.

Apistogramma sp. 'Rotpunkt' Fry

Some of them even seem to take refuge in the small holes formed in the volcanic rock. I don’t plan on trying to remove the fry from the tank, so essentially it’s up to their parents and the cover of these rocks and plants to grow them up. I will, however, prepare a batch of baby brine shrimp for them this week to help them grow up big and strong.

Apistogramma sp. 'Rotpunkt' Fry

2 Responses to “Apistogramma sp. ‘Rotpunkt’ Fry”

  1. Rob Says:

    Way to go Kris….once they are moveable I will need to arrange to get a few back from you to give them a go again. Still upset about losing that one male. He was amazing colorwise. Looking good though. Love how the fry are using the rock

  2. guitarfish Says:

    Sure thing Rob. I have a group of M. praecox in there, so there are no guarantees, but in truth, if you have space for them, I might give them back to you to try out some other apistos in the future. I’d probably wait until this batch of fry is reared up, or eaten before doing so though, so I don’t end up with any remnant fry in the tank. 😉