Keyhole Ciclids

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20 Aug 2016 19:06 #1 by BarryB (Barry Blenkey)
Hi guys, just wondering if anyone out there is keeping/breeding keyholes I've a couple in one of my tank but I think their either both male or both female. Showing no sign of pairing. Any info or advice would be appreciated, cheers

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20 Aug 2016 20:52 #2 by JohnH (John)
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From my experiences with Keyhole Cichlids they can be a bit more difficult to differentiate the sexes than with many other South American Cichlids, they seem to both sport the extended Dorsal and Anal fins.
I think it's unlikely - but not impossible - for two males to co-exist peacefully in the one tank. I once had two males which I fondly believed to be a pair (until I brought in a definite female) and the dominant male used to give the other one hell!
Two females might be a more possible scenario though.
You could try feeding them up well for a couple of weeks on frozen foods then try a large cooler temperature water change, if they are a pair this might prompt some spawning activity.
Good luck if you are trying to get them to breed, of course - if they aren't yet mature (how large/old are they?) they mightn't be ready yet.
Also, my ones from 'way back' required pretty soft and less-than neutral pH water for them to breed - I ended up using filtered rain water, but as far as I remember they were actually 'wild' fish, I think the majority of Keyholes now are tank-bred which mightn't make the water chemistry quite as critical.
Hopefully you'll get some more feedback presently.
John

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20 Aug 2016 21:11 #3 by BarryB (Barry Blenkey)
Thanks for the reply John, I'd say the fish are about year old at this stage. I had 4 but lost 2 unfortunately. They are lovely fish to watch and their inquisitive behaviour. Ya from what I've being reading it seems hard to sex them, I'll just give it little more time you never know I may be lucky. Did you get yours to breed....?

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20 Aug 2016 21:24 #4 by JohnH (John)
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Yes, they did breed - once I removed the other male, but very few made it past the 'wriggler' stage and the father (i assume, but don't know for certain) lost his parental urge and ate the rest.
I swapped them after that - I have four juveniles here now eating me out of house and home so I have hopes for them at some point in the future.
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