Courtship!

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The male is showing breeding colors, I think. I walked by the tank just now, and noticed that both fish had the dark coloration that they usually only have right after I turn the light on (they fade to a lighter color shortly after the lights come on).
I looked closer, and noticed that the male's forehead was shifting between orange and purple (it was about as fast as an octopus can do... pretty neat to watch), and that he had an orange stripe down his side.
I've got spawning mops in the tanks. Hopefully, I'll find eggs tomorrow.
Here's one (out of a dozen or so) that turned out relatively sharp. Unfortunately, he responded to the flash, which I forgot to turn off, almost instantly, and much of the orange stripe is gone in the pic.
 

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Congrats!

Wish you good luck for raising the fry!
 

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OH to cool! spread the love big boy
 

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Rainbows are really cool fish and such a variety too! good luck with a spawn!
Carol
 

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looks like you have a turquoise rainbow, species such as the turquoise rainboow that display the courtship stripe will generally spawn in a dark hiding area of the tank. the males will almost always be ready to mate as long as the water quality is good. the females generallyspawn in the early morning as a rule, best of luck, and dont give up if no eggs tommorrow, give it a few days
 

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Best wishes for a successful spawn SDS!

Ken
 

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Oh wow, that is really cool! Good luck!
 

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ayelie said:
OH to cool! spread the love big boy
that made me laugh so hard

congrats
 
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Yesterday the male had dark sides, with no orange stripe, but a brilliant stripe along his forehead, all the way back to the fin, that flickered from orange to yellow to dark blue.
 

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they are beautiful when they do that, any luck on eggs yet
 
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Not yet.
 
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I've seen them in breeding mode almost every day for the past week. Sadly, I must be coming in at precisely the wrong time or something, because I have only found two eggs. I know they are avid egg eaters, and I'm afraid that I may be getting to the scene too late.
The two eggs have been moved to their own tank. I know that the chances of getting fry out of only two eggs are pretty slim, but I might as well try.
 
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Woohoo! I found almost a dozen eggs today. My rainbows aren't following any of the "rules" about spawning. I've heard from a number of breeders who said that they go for spawning mops over anything else. I've only found one egg on a spawning mop so far. The rest have been on the guppy grass.
Kloseo said that they'll go for the shaded areas of the tank. Instead, they are avoiding the shaded area of the tank and spawning directly under the most exposed area of the tank.
They supposedly breed right after lights on, but I've caught them in breeding mode late in the afternoon, after the lights had been on for hours.

Anyway, the important part is that they're breeding, and that I have eggs. The next important part is getting the eggs to hatch and being able to feed them.
 
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Wow, that's great! If the eggs are viable, how long until they hatch?
 
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Lucy said:
Wow, that's great! If the eggs are viable, how long until they hatch?
What I've read is one to two weeks.
 

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Ah! Congratulations!

Your rainbows march to the beat of a different drum, just like you. Pretty cool stuff!
 

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wow congrats, sorry all my research said shade and early morning, but glad all are doing well and you are getting eggs. Guess your rainbows like the spotlight best of luck
 

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YAY!!! Can't wait to see fry Yep sometime fish are just different
Carol
 
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kloseo said:
wow congrats, sorry all my research said shade and early morning, but glad all are doing well and you are getting eggs. Guess your rainbows like the spotlight best of luck
No need to be sorry. I just thought it was funny that all of my research on what they liked for breeding was basically pointless. At least they seem to be settling on the early morning, lights-on spawning. I've got a better chance of finding eggs if I know when to check.
 

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cool... Best of luck and keep us posted would love to see pics thoroughout the process
 
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