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enzo marino
11-18-2009, 01:09 PM

some photos of my texas bp coupling
This is the third female coupling.
first female is now 52 days incubating.
the second one 29 days.
I noticed that unlike Famula, Trewavas, red, the p. Texas until a few hours before reproduction they don't notice any signs of coupling, the females doesn't show the ovipositor evident.
Furthermore, in females, once with the eggs in their mouth, are quite aggressive, even towards the male. in my tank (1000 l.) The female shall not be approached by other petro and maintains the dominance of half tank. the mouth doesn't show many eggs.
females continue to eat "almost" regular
We'll keep in contact later for updates.



11-18-2009, 01:39 PM
absolutely awesome pics enzo!!! :bowdown: i haven't heard anything bad about those texas bulus. pretty cool petro for sure!

11-18-2009, 01:46 PM
Enzo!! Wow :thumbsup:

Those pictures and your post have helped a lot in your observations of behavior. I think your point by point of how the female behavior toward other fish was so very good and accurate.

The pictures demonstrated a good look at the fry... Wow!!

In your opinion did the female eat as aggressively as the others???

Bill :)

11-18-2009, 02:24 PM
Welcome to Trophs.com :wave:
Awesome shots of a gorgeous Petro ... thanks for sharing :thumbsup:

11-18-2009, 02:52 PM
Pretty kool Pics, thanks for sharing!!

11-18-2009, 05:14 PM
Awesome Pictures! I can't wait until mine start dancing!

enzo marino
11-19-2009, 01:46 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(billansor @ Nov 18 2009, 01:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> (index.php?act=findpost&pid=38271)</div>Enzo!! Wow :thumbsup:

Those pictures and your post have helped a lot in your observations of behavior. I think your point by point of how the female behavior toward other fish was so very good and accurate.

The pictures demonstrated a good look at the fry... Wow!!

In your opinion did the female eat as aggressively as the others???

Bill :)[/b]

i thank all of you for compliments, but they sould be made to poor mother, today are 53 days.
i have taken the female from the community tank after about 30 days from reproduction. she was very aggressive, she drove out all fishes, also her male. instead the other female, still in the tank, hasn't this behaviour.
so it depends form individual to individual (like us humans).
like all, petro feed almost regularly and this shows that she is able to keep little fishes even two months.
so i suppose the reason that in the lake there are limited individuals, above all the ones that live under 10 mt (lower temperature).
it's clear that during a year, for petrochromis, there aren't more of 3/4 reproductions. if a female incubate two months than she needs some months to recover........

thanks again and greetings form italy

enzo marino.

11-19-2009, 03:17 PM
Yes... You are right about the lower temperatures under 10 meters... Do you suppose that holding the fry for a longer period of time and eating (however they do it) is for both making sure the fry gets some food too as well as keeping long enough to get a better start.

It is nature way of keeping survival of the fittest going... If a female fish is more aggressive than another... I would think that aggression would be passed to the offspring and that would boost that genetic line up that much more...............

Again.. Thank you for your replies and notes....

Are you going to get any more fantastic pictures... I bet the female looks loaded in the mouth now...

Bill :)

enzo marino
11-26-2009, 06:43 AM
hello guys,

I want to update and to share this event, which is exceptional for me.

60 days have passed from the coupling, I thought maybe I could help her pull out little fishes. I was worried for the female , despite she was eating, she has lost weight and I was worried also for young fishes who perhaps could not eat enough.

But with great surprise now young fishes are in splendid form, lively and even 4 cm of length. crazy!
they are only 7, maybe even for this, she kept them so much. and if they were 15/20??? we see in the next reproduction.

the photos speak for themselves.


""the magnificent seven"":


11-26-2009, 07:25 PM
Simply Amazing..... :bowdown:
Your Tx bp are gorgeous and the frys are huge.

11-27-2009, 11:35 AM
Ciao Enzo,
It's good to see you also on this forum. I think there are a lot of good info here for petro and tropheus lovers (and I know you REALLY love petros).
For all the other guys that don't know Enzo he's definetly one of the most extimated tanganyika lovers here in Italy. These texas bulus are just one of his latest wonders but he has an amazing amount of experience to share.
Hope to see more from him soon :bowdown:

Grande Enzo, risparmia però le foto più belle per noi di AIC :thumbsup: sennò questi quando vedono i pesci che tieni non ti mollano più :kidding:
A presto e tienici aggiornati

11-27-2009, 11:49 AM

kool Pics, thanks for sharing!!

Jacques L

11-27-2009, 12:00 PM
i've noticed how much longer my petros hold than my trophs but they never spit fry that huge! that's amazing and pretty awesome! those little guys don't need to grow out at all before you sell them. :P

11-27-2009, 09:32 PM
enzo absolutely stunning pics................and you wont hear me say that very often,really like the bulu's,on my must have someday list lol,seriously thinking of taking the petro plunge soon.............. :thumbsup:
take care

enzo marino
05-06-2010, 09:16 AM
my video of spawning petrochromis texas bulu point



05-06-2010, 10:49 AM
Koool video! thanks for sharing.