Odd Behavior From Cichlids

Taritus

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Hello all
So during the middle of a water change I like to observe how my fish react
I stopped and went to get my phone and my chemicals for when I filled the tank and noticed my female green terror and jack Dempsey were licking lips
They weren't moving much just sitting there
I tapped he glass and they separated but went back to it a moment later
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Sorry for how muddy the water is a lot of **** got stirred up while I was cleaning
I have no idea why they would do this
I've had both of them since they were small and in small tanks theyr not aggressive in fact the Dempsey is super shy
Any ideas would be appreciated as to why they did this
 

MikeRad89

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Looks like a female JD ready to breed with those stripes. They'll lip lock before spawning to test each others strength.

They cannot hybridize, but they will spawn and attempt to if they're the only male and female fish in the tank.

Water changes promote spawning in a lot of new world cichlids.
 
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Taritus

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That confuses me because one camps out in a log and the other in a hollowed stump where they've always been and still are
 
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