Laetacara curviceps spawn

jgon_

I came home to this sight yesterday, and my angelfish were getting in on when I left the office today, oy, something's in the water!

Here is Laetacara curviceps, or a dwarf flag acara. An extremely pretty fish with each scale an iridescent green or blue. However, when in spawn mode like above, they turn a dark purple, almost black. Here is the female guarding her spawn. They are almost ready to become free swimming fry, with a few hoping up every now and then. The male and female take turns protecting the spawn and will occasionally carry them by mouth to a new location. The brooding behavior has been very entertaining to watch. Heck, I didn't even know I had a male and female, I assumed both were male since they were so colorful.
 

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Lucy

What a fun surprise!
Congrats and good luck.
 

bolivianbaby

That's awesome! congratulations!
 

Butterfly

Congrats!
Carol
 

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