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Pundamilia nyererei "Makobe Island"
by Greg Steeves

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Spawning behavior of the Makobe Island Pundamilia nyererei varient is probably typical of the entire Pundamilia genus. Males will select a spot as a potential breeding area and spend much time there trying to look busy. Any other fish that wanders too close is chased away. If no ripe females approach his area, he goes on the prowl throughout the tank to find them. When he nears a female, the dominate, fully colored male will shake and dance in front of the lady. Jaw locking with rival males is also common at this stage. Once a female accepts the males advances, he corrals her to his selected spot where circling and shaking takes place. The female will drop a couple eggs, turn around quickly, scoop them up in her mouth, then she will mouth the males eggs spots on his tail, as if she is trying to pick them up as well. It is at this time that the males releases milt and the eggs are fertilized. Males will bend their bodies and be horizontal in the water so that their anal fin lies against the substrate. The females will carry their brood for 24 days and will guard the fry for another 7 post release.

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The fry develop quickly and will start to show color in roughly four months. They are easily raised on crushed flake and baby brine shrimp. Cyclop-eeze is also relished by small fry and can get them through that crucial stage of wiggler to a fish shaped fry. Spawns can number 40 eggs or more. Of note here, if one intends to move the brooding female to a nursery of her own, it is best to wait a few days because if she is moved too soon, she will most certainly spit her eggs.

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Pundamilia nyererei are among the more aggressive fish from Lake Victoria. Even with a maximum size of four to six inches (larger than most other nyererei variants), they can wreck havoc on tankmates, including members of their own brood. It is best to keep a couple males with at least six females, but even at this ratio, nyerereicide is bound to occur. A spacious tank will go a long ways to keeping this fish from destroying each other. The nyererei complex of fish might require a little more planning to keep successfully, but when seen in good condition, in a mature tank. the beautiful sight is well worth the effort.
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