Last night I saw two of my Bangai Cardinals doing a mating dance! I'm super excited about this -- I managed to get some still pictures but by the time I got the video out and running, they had stopped the cool stuff. Here are the pictures:
The male accepted food last night (a lot of food), so I'm guessing the female hasn't laid eggs yet, but I'm assuming it will happen sooner or later so I wanted to be prepared. I had a couple of things I wanted to run by everyone here, maybe somebody has some experience breeding these fish and has some pointers.
The male has turned a different color, a little green-ish. I think this is good because I can identify him a lot easier now. I'm assuming this is normal?
From my Googling, there isn't much intervention I can do except the following: monitor when the male stops eating and watch for the eggs in his mouth to hatch in about two weeks. If I can capture the male into a breeding net during this time that's probably good. I've also read that if I can somehow capture the male in the breeding net while the fry are outside of his mouth, I should put him back in the display tank and keep the fry along in the breeding net. Is there any truth to this, or anything I'm missing?
Does anyone know realistically how likely it is that any fry will actually hatch and make it? I've heard it's not too difficult to do this from some places, but this is all new to me.
Any other recommendations out there? I'll certainly be posting pictures and/or videos as I get them throughout this process