Well the butti was kind of boring alone so I got 2 salvini on sale at the pet store. Salvini are mid sized fish but mean as hornets and can hang with the big guys. It turns out due to my ignorance at the time that I got a male and female and they paired off withing a few weeks. It was fascinating to watch their courtship. They start with some posturing and tail slapping and then they lip lock and play a pushing game to prove their strength.
Well one day I went to turn on the lights and every dither fish in the tank was dead and the butti was cowering behind a rock. Then I saw the 2 salvini fanning eggs on a piece of slate in the tank. Most cichlids are ferociously overprotective of their children and these were no exception. The butti would have died if he had stayed with them much longer so I gave him to a friend. As I netted him out of the tank the salvini attacked both the net and my hand, they do have sharp teeth.
They got to live alone with their babies and it was fun to watch them herding the little ones all day. If they got too close to the filter, the parents would suck them into their mouth and spit them back into the nest. After you grow the babies out you can usually make a deal at your local fish store and either sell them or trade them for supplies. I opted for fish food and some new canister filters.
Well, keep an eye out for part 3 very soon.
|14" butti 12" jag and not sure how big that devil was|
|butti after food|
|salvini are very colorful|
|unusual amount of red on this salvini|
|buttis have a lot of attitude|
check out this fight between a red devil and a butti starts slow but the butti bit off more than he could chew.