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Last night I watched my loaches spawn!

Posted By: Dave G <d.s.guest@cableinet.co.uk>
Date: Wednesday, 17 November 1999, at 7:07 a.m.

My acanthocobitis urophthalmus (banded mountain loach) were busy spawning last night when I got home from work.

Usually they don't get within about 6 inches of each other without fighting but this time the male with the bright red fins was swimming up and down the tank virtually attached to the female and was nudging her abdomen and anal fin with his snout. He would also periodically wrap his body around hers and they frequently darted in and out of the dense thicket of java moss.

I checked the moss and sure enough it was covered with hundreds of tiny (less than 1mm diameter) eggs. These eggs were much smaller than the rainbowfish eggs that are normally found on the moss so quite clearly it was a happy occassion!

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