Keyhole Cichlids built a nest!


What I noticed in the past few days was the keyhole cichlids (Cleithracara maronii) were very aggressive to the other fish. As they have never done this before I decided to investigate.



Building a nest

What I saw today was that two of the Cichlids were very close together. On a rocky surface in the back I saw around a hundred tiny white dots, and both cichlids constantly at that same spot. I became clear to me: The keyhole cichlids are having babies!

A keyhole cichlid defending its eggs that were laid on a rocky surface near the filter drain.

A keyhole cichlid defending its eggs that were laid on a rocky surface near the filter drain.

Both parents show a lot of care for the eggs.

Both mum and dad of the keyhole cichlid show great care for their eggs.

Both mum and dad of the keyhole cichlid show great care for their eggs.

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