You may have read here a while ago a post called Keen convicts. Well consider this a kind of sequel.
I mentioned that I recently shuffled some fish and part of that shuffling resulted in there being a tank with a female convict (the poor girl who was beaten up by the male last time she tried to raise a family), a male firemouth and a female Kribensis.
As soon as I’d let the firemouth out of his bag the convict was all over him, flirting and chasing the other away & such. He looked terrified, staying at the other end of the tank and trying to keep away from her. I left them to settle and sort it out for a while.
The next day the convict was excavating in one corner, back & forth with her mouth full of sand and looking pretty pleased with herself in general. The firemouth was still hiding in the furthest possible place from her. It was comical. I imagined her singing away to herself, making her little love nest & him with a worried look on his face. I don’t think he realises what she wants from him.
I have read that the two species will cross breed and it looks like that might be what is going on here.
Later that evening, there were eggs stuck to the glass in the previously excavated corner.
It’s a shame the glass is a bit smeary, but this is the best I got with the phone camera. She wasn’t too happy with me being so close to the corner either.
The most recent thing I have to report is that the firemouth is now lurking very close to her corner and not looking too bothered about her being nearby any more. The convict is chasing the kribensis away when she’s nowhere near as close as the firemouth.
I’m not sure whether he’ll get the idea and anything will come of it or not, but It’ll be quite interesting if the eggs come to anything.