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Re: Ottos spawning!!
<<My ottos (2) are spawning!!! Has anyone here ever had experience with
this event? It was amazing, and they're still at it (at last I
checked). The fish tank is a 10 gallon, heavily planted with cabomba
and some crypts, pH is 7, medium hardness, tankmates include 5 rasboras,
and 4 cories. It's about an half an hour before the lights turn off
Some of mine spawned around a month ago. Well, let's put it this way, a month
ago I caught them in the act, I'm fairly certain they've been doing "it" all
along as the female would get fat and then suddenly skinny ;D
<<The larger one, the female, would sit or be upside down on (or below) a
leaf, they seemed to like the green wendtii. Then the male would come,
and they'd embrace. They grabbed each of their side/lower-fins (sorry
for the bad terminology) with their suckers, and then would hold still
for about 5-6 seconds. Then the female would move about some, and the
male would be below her shaking. This went on for about an hour, and
it's still happening. I checked the sites where this happened, but I
couldn't find any eggs.>>
Your description is _vastly_ different from what I observed of my pair that
spawned. Everyone knows cories "T". The otto's "U". And what was different
from cories is that they have other tankmates of their own species but it
wasn't a mass spawning like the cories. It was just the pair for the entire
time, which was about 4PM.
The description you give sounds more like killifish spawns to me, and not the
spawn of an ottocinclus that I've seen. That may be why you didn't find eggs.
She also laid eggs in small groups of 2 or 3 eggs and it was darned difficult
to find them all.
Unfortunately, despite the fact that I rescued 30 eggs from a hoarde of
(always pretending to be) hungry cardinals, the eggs only partially developed
but never went any further. I'm hoping to catch them in the act and get eggs
again. I'd like to take another stab at tank raised otos!