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twentydeuce
12-19-2003, 05:21 PM
I have had a tank set up with around 14 random africans. They have never really had any problem with them fighting as the pecking order was established and is well followed. One day I found 2 babies and have no idea who the father is.

Recently, the fish have begun acting very strangly. They are being very active and hanging out around the top of the water rather then hiding in their caves.

The two biggest and most dominant have begun swimming up and down the side of the tank around eachother and are around eachother for much of the day. They don't seem to be hurting eachother but occasionally the less dominant will lose color.

Is this mating behavior? The less dominant of the two has an egg spot on its anal fin while the more dominant has four.

If these two are mating, why would the other fish in the tank become more active?

Thanks,

Mike

SGypsyMermaid
12-19-2003, 10:36 PM
probably trying to stay out of harm's way. mating fish can be very intolerant and may claim the whole tank as their territory when they are spawning. as far as the egg spots go, in some species, the males have more/bigger eggspots, in others one has an egg spot and the other doesn't, in some they have exactly the same spots, and some have no egg spots. it depends on the species whether or not you can use eggspots to determine gender.