I have not photographed my wild Enantiopus kilesa group in a while. I added a lot more sand to the tank and I am glad that I did. The dominant male has begun displaying again and building his "sand castles." Only this time, they are larger
Here is a tank shot of the 72 gallon bow front tank that I keep the wild kilesa in.
I put the light off to the side so it would cast shadows on the sand castles to make them easier to see.
Notice the concentric circles
Here is a similar shot only zoomed in a bit. I also put some dots on the sand castles so you can see the pattern. The dominant male, when displaying, will shovel the sand out of the center of his pit. He will build 8 to 9 sand castles at the perimeter (the blue dots) and then he will work on an outer circle (red dots). The male will chase everyone else away from the center of the pit and he will try to attract a female and entice her into spawning by shimmering on his side reflecting the lights. Enantiopus kilesa is one of the most interesting cichlid species to watch.
Not long after I took this picture, he began building the castle next to the glass on the far right. Last time I checked, it was about 4" high!
Couple pictures of the dominant male displaying
Probably won't be long before I have some more kilesa fry
Hope you enjoyed the series.