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They don't seem to hurt each other by doing this and it always seems to be the smaller female that starts the trouble??




Are they fighting or breeding??
 

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If it's not too rough and doesn't leave a lot of ripping then it's just the female flirting with him. They initiate lip locks to get the males worked up and into the breeding mood - compare it to a girl you'd like wearing a bikini around the backyard :p
 

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Pretty neat! :)

Thanks for the vid!

If you scour YouTube, you'll find all sorts of cichlid lip-locking videos One has a pair of Dempsey's really going at it. Crazy.

-Ryan
 

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fishyfishyfish,

Thanks for sharing that. It was great! I can't wait for my male to get that big.
 
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