Chronicles of a Reluctant Breeder Cont.
Well I discovered today why my brownorum pair seem to have a dismal track record with spawning.
The female is an egg eater.
So far I have only ever seen three serious attempts at spawning and I never seemed to get any eggs. One time I did get some eggs but then when I looked in on them later, they were mysteriously gone.
As they were spawning this morning and afternoon, I watched the female munch her way through nearly every single egg that was deposited into the nest. This was all done in between wraps, and I also don't hold much hope for the handful of eggs that seem to have survived.
I'm only hoping that this isn't something she is going to do every spawn, as it is quite frustrating to know that they are spawning but I am not getting any eggs or fry out of it!
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.