Parachromis ? "La Ceiba Yellow Head"

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Parachromis ? "La Ceiba Yellow Head"

Post by Danger_Chicken on Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:24 pm

The story behind these fish is they were discovered in a pond near La Ceiba, Honduras. A few were brought back to the USA. Upon returning to the pond a year or so later they found it polluted and lifeless. There is still much debate on whether it's a new species or a regional varient of Friedrichstahlii (Freddy). Orginally it was thought to be a varient of Loisellei.

I bought this pair as fry from Ken Davis in Nov 08 at about 1". I believe Ken was among those that collected them in the wild, Kens pair were wild caught. These guys spawned for me the first time in the beginning of Aug. I changed the lighting on the tank a week before the spawn and now I'm having a hard time getting pic's. It wasn't easy with them before as they're a more than a little shy. Some of the best ones of the female flaring and contorting at the male to push him away from the eggs are out of focus All and all most of pic's are somewhat out of focus. This tank in particular has been a challenge to photograph.

He defends her and the eggs/fry from everything in the house and she defends the eggs/fry from him. But from what I can tell she doesn't need to. They are great parents. In July this fish was added to the CARES preservation list as an extremely endangered species.

The male is 7" and the female around 5". The male seems to be going through a growth spurt the last two months.

































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Post by Micheal on Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:47 pm

Great looking pics and fish. I love to see fellow fish keepers helping to preserve fish for future generations of fish keepers to enjoy. Keep us updated on the progress of the fish and welcome to the forum.
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Post by Rift_Lakes_Rule on Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:06 am

Welcome aboard Danger!!! Thanks for posting these guys, they are truly awesome looking and such a sad story behind them. It's amazing to think that the only remaining fish of this species/variant is in hobbyists' tanks. Hopefully we can spawn enough of these off to go back and re-populate the pond at some point.

Thanks again Mike for coming here and posting these guys Wink

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Post by Aura on Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:33 am

That is so cool that you've been successful with such a rare fish. It looks like they had a huge number of fry. Shocked

I wonder how many other species might have been in that pond that no one will ever know about.
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Post by Danger_Chicken on Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:52 pm

Sadly the tank these guys were in broke last week while I was at work. I was able to save the parents but lost most of the fry. I have 15-20 left and they seem to be doing well and growing.
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Post by Micheal on Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:25 am

Sorry about the loss. Hopefully that will be the only set back because with their looks and also being so rare I'm sure they will be in high demand.
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Post by Rift_Lakes_Rule on Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:57 am

Were you able to finally get those pesky con's out of the tank?

I hope these guys are ready in time for the November meeting, I'll have comp fry ready by then. If not, I'll just have to make a roadtrip when they are ready Wink

Please keep us updated on these guys, really cool fish.

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Post by Danger_Chicken on Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:21 pm

Last night I decided to break the tank down and shampoo th carpet. exactly one week after the incident I found oe little fry living in a puddle of dirty water in a corne. When I took the tank outside and rinsed it that little female con and was eating the fry fell out and was still ALIVE! there couldn't have been enough water for her to lay on her side. Yet she lasted a week.
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Post by Aura on Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:16 pm

What kind of fry did you find alive, a yellow head or a con? Whatever it was, it's a little survivor for sure.

That's terrible about the tank and the loss of most of the fry.
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Post by Rift_Lakes_Rule on Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:33 pm

WOW!!! I can't believe they survived a week, that's pretty amazing. Glad to hear another fry is alive and well Wink

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Post by Danger_Chicken on Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:30 pm

Aura wrote:What kind of fry did you find alive, a yellow head or a con? Whatever it was, it's a little survivor for sure.

That's terrible about the tank and the loss of most of the fry.
One yellow head fry and one 2" con
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Post by poolmako on Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:28 pm

nice pics, i was never able to get my hands on any when i was keeping the new would fish but always thought they where very cool looking fish.
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Post by Danger_Chicken on Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:44 pm

I lost the male this weekend. Worse part is it was my fault. I removed a lot of the plants in the tank and the big Oscar. Without as many hiding places and the biggest fish in the tank gone, the sheriff (texas) killed him. At least I still have 14 juvi's from his only spawn.
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Post by Rift_Lakes_Rule on Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:55 pm

Damn Mike, I'm really sorry to hear that... Sad

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Post by Danger_Chicken on Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:49 pm

A pic of the female in non breeding colors. These dont really show her that well, she's a regular rainbow. And a few of the pair's fry that are between 1.5-2" and starting to show color in their fins.









And one of the males chommpers. I ordered a lens to get better close up's, the lens came today but he's gone. If he used them he'd still be here

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Post by theswede on Sat Jan 02, 2010 3:27 am

thumbs up Love the fry shots. How are the juvies holding up?
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Post by Danger_Chicken on Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:30 pm

They're all pushing 3" now.
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Post by fishluvr12 on Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:46 pm

Great looking pics, fish and Tank! I had three of these but didn't seperate them in time and ended up with one
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Post by iceblue on Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:12 pm

Wow. Great looking cichlids. Is there any hope for the restoration of their natural habitat?
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