The female, two hours later, came up for
food and was devoid of eggs. I have no idea
what happened to the eggs she was holding.
I assume the swarm of P. maclareni interrupted
the spawning process and the eggs
were never fertilized. Possibly she spit them
as she was being harassed by the other P.
maclareni. I have twice now witnessed this
behavior. Neither time have I actually seen
P. maclareni rob the eggs but there is a great
deal of circumstantial evidence to support
that is what had happened. Fry of P.
maclareni look nothing at all like their parents,
at least in coloration. The body shape is
there but the black speckling and black coloration
on the throat, chin, and operculum
are absent for over three months after they
are free swimming. The eight fry released in
mid April were just starting to develop some
black coloration when I sent them down to
the Hill Country Cichlid Club at the end of
July of this year. The remaining fry from the
May and June spawns are a dull silvery-yellow
color, although there are signs of the
red edging on the dorsal and caudal fins. The
fry are slow growing despite their voracious
appetites for baby brine shrimp and crushed
spirulina flake, and are an absolute joy to
One Person Cannot Save Them All, But
We Can All Save Just One!
In conclusion, I would like to say how enjoyable
it has been for me to keep P.
maclareni in my fishroom. They are a worthy
addition to any cichlid collection, especially
if you happen to focus on fish included
on the C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
Conservation Priority Species at Risk
List. The fish on this list may one day be
gone and it is of the utmost importance for
us to maintain captive populations. Pungu
maclareni is on this list as Critically Endangered
and is a peaceful, easy to maintain
fish. So rush out and grab a colony to add to
your collection today. Remember, "One person
cannot save them all, but we can all save
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