Hemichromis frempongi

This video sows my pair of H. frempongi guarding their newly free-swimming fry.  The babies in this video have all been distributed, and I am patiently waiting for the parents to spawn again.  I was surprised by how long the adults protected their offspring.  Other 5-spot jewel species I have bred were looking to spawn again after about 4-6 weeks, and any fry left in the tank were eaten.  These H. frempongi were still protecting fry after 12 weeks; and the fry were starting to change into adult color patterns.  This is a very mean species.  If you get a chance to work with them, and have to get fry, I suggest starting with a couple dozen in a large tank with a lot of places for the fish to hide.  As they grow they will kill each other off until you are left, hopefully, with a pair.  My current pair was formed this way, and they are very stable… knock on wood.

2 Replies to “Hemichromis frempongi”

  1. I would love to acquire some of these hemichromis baddies. Are you interested in selling some fry and do you know where these can be purchased. Thanks for your response and your fish are beautiful.

    1. I occasionally have a few available. Most end up as donations to clubs that I am giving talks at, so watch my schedule to see if I will be near you. If I have so many I need to get rid of them faster, I will usually ask my friend Jeff Michels at http://www.aquaticclarity.com to sell them for me, or I might post some on http://www.AquaBid.com. The fry I have at the moment will not be large enough to move out until March or April.

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