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Old 10-21-2008, 08:23 PM
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Well my fry are growing by the day.

I thought I would post how interesting they all are as it amazes me not only how the parents communicate with each other but how they both send signals to the fry when danger approaches. Initially the fry stayed very low with the parents. As they got older you could see mum swimming towards them to get their attention and then backwards, to make them come to her.

Now they are 2.5 weeks old when mum thinks that I am getting a little too close to the tank she waves her fins and all the little fish stop swimming and stay perfectly still within a split second of each other. I find that quite fascinating.

The parents are getting used to my feeding regime and as soon as the baster with the food in, goes into the hole in the lid, she swims up to meet it.

Dad looked so unusually bright earlier this evening protecting his fry from me, I thought he was going to explode - lovely little fish they are.

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Old 10-23-2008, 05:06 AM
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It's good to hear you are getting so much joy from your fish jellygirl

It is amazing how fish communicate with each other, besides using sight and the usual colour changing displays, they actually are making sounds all the time to communicate (which I didn't realise was so complex)...shame we can't hear what they are saying though, maybe just as well, we may not like what they are saying .

I found this article on fish communication very interesting...just in case you and others haven't seen it.
http://www.ncaquariums.com/askaquarium/talk.htm
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:49 PM
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Thanks for that Bernie, that was an interesting article.

I have always been aware that whales and dolphins communicate with sound, but for some reason, (and I'm guessing brain size - oh theirs not mine lol) I never would have given much smaller fish that credit.

Seeing these fish interact is believing

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Old 10-23-2008, 07:06 PM
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My fish talk to me all the time! Today, at the pet store, a Bumblebee Catfish begged me to take him home!!! I didn't but I'm thinking about it....
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:44 PM
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Lol Sharon...

I know some communication is going on. My puffers, danios, ghost shrimp and whiteskirts holler at feeding time "FOOD!!!! FEED ME!!!!". You can actually see the puffers mouths move like they are talking to me while I watch them at their tank.

jellygirl you have some very good parents.
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Old 10-25-2008, 09:48 AM
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Any photos you could share with us?
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Old 10-31-2008, 05:11 PM
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Well my little fry are growing - llaneliP if you look under the cichlid section under kribs there are a couple of pictures there - i'm using a different computer today so I cant access the photos.

I have been doing 20% water changes every day and I must still have between 80 - 100 fry. The trouble is when they were tiny (and they are now three weeks old today) whenever I tried to get the food right near them with the food baster, the parents told them all to swim low or swim away. Now when I approach the tank, they associate me with food and all swim close to me. Unfortunately this applies when I put a hose in for a w/c. I have stopped pumping the water out using a hose and now I have to remove it with a container - they certainly communicate and are far more intelligent than I gave fish credit for.

They remain the centre of attraction with any visitors to the home and I can hear me repeating myself. lol This tank is smack bang in the middle of our kitchen/diner and in this house it all happens in the kitchen.lol

So Sharon, have you treated yourself to the Bumblebee catfish yet?

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No....I didn't get it, Michelle. I got bogged down with other things, and didn't get around to doing the research. I've put Frank in the 55gal. so I'm fairly certain that tank is now too overstocked....
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:20 PM
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So is it looks like common sense prevailed - that's a good enough reason not to.

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Old 10-31-2008, 11:04 PM
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Yes, I think I'm maturing...
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29 gal... Mbuna Tank
29 gal... Krib Pair, Tiger Barbs, Tetras, 2 Otos
55 gal...5 Australian Rainbows, 1 Angel Fish, 1 Blue Gourami, 6 Congo Tetras, 1 Leopard Ctenopoma, 1 Clown Pleco, 1 UpsideDown Catfish,5 Otos, 1 Bronze Cory, 2 Peppered Cories,2 Panda Cories
 


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