Here's a short video of Hypsophrys nicaraguensis in its natural habitat in Laguna Xiloá, Nicaragua. The first part shows breeding pairs above the sandy substrate, where they dig caves to deposit their (non-adhesive) eggs. Note the many entrances into these caves. The second part shows pairs guarding their fry in the rocky habitat. Here they suffer from competition by Neetroplus nematopus, which has led to the altruistic behavior I showed in my other video.
Michi Tobler (2005) reported on death feigning behavior in Parachromis friedrichsthalii. In this short video I show more or less the same type of behavior in Parachromis managuensis. Young specimens of this species in Laguna Apoyo, Nicaragua, act as if they are not well, showing a color pattern that is usually associated with frightened fish sitting on the rock-face, but suddenly jumping and trying to catch the sardinas swimming about by the zillions. Fascinating.
Tomocichla tuba female guarding her fry in Río Buen Suceso, Ometepe, Nicaragua.
Theraps irregularis group in the current of Chocolhaito River, Usumacinta drainage [Mexico], a female with fry can be seen in the current.
Paraneetroplus bulleri young in the current of Rio Grande, Coatzacoalcos drainage [Mexico].
Neetroplus nematopus pair guarding fry at 15 m deep in he rocky habitat in Lake Xiloá [Nicaragua].
Cribroheros rostratus fighting Hypsophrys nicaraguensis in Laguna Xiloá [Nicaragua] while defending their offspring. Breeding colors of [ss] can be quite variable. Some pairs turn pale, while others retain much of the yellow coloration, especially in the abdominal region.
Archocentrus centrarchus breeding pair in Lake Xiloá [Nicaragua].
Amphilophus amarillo pair guarding their fry kept in a pit among the rocks in Lake Xiloá [Nicaragua].
Thorichthys aureus pair with fry at Blue Creek, Rio Blanco, Moho drainage [Belize].
Cryptoheros chetumalensis pair in Blue Creek, Río Blanco. Moho drainage [Belize].
A Neetroplus nematopus pair guarding their fry amidst the 50°C the sulfuric gas bubbles in Lake Xiloá [Nicaragua].
This footage shows Hypsophrys nicaraguensis taking care of the fry of Parachromis dovii. A rare example of altruistic behaviour. Filmed at 25 m depth in Laguna Xiloá [Nicaragua].
Cribroheros rostratus pair breeding at Lake Xiloá [Nicaragua].
Cribroheros longimanus pair breeding at the Sahsa River [Nicaragua].
Pair from lake Xiloá [Nicaragua], in the aquarium of Willem Heijns [Netherlands].
Parachromis dovii pair from Lake Xiloá [Nicaragua] breeding in the aquarium of Willem Heijns [Netherlands].
Amphilophus zaliosus pair with fry in the aquarium of Willem Heijns [Netherlands].
Amphilophus chancho group in the aquarium of Willem Heijns [Netherlands].
Amphilophus amarillo pair guarding fry in the aquarium of Willem Heijns [Netherlands].
Thorichthys meeki geographical forms with several videos showing this beautiful fish in its natural habitat across its range.
This video clip shows some of the cichlids in the Río Buen Suceso, a small stream on the island of Ometepe, Nicaragua. After a glimpse of Parachromis friedrichsthalii trying to hide near the bank of the river, a breeding female of Astatheros longimanus is shown, guarding her eggs deposited on a tiny rock on the bottom. The main part consists of Cryptoheros siquia, holding its own in the fast current, and Tomocichla underwoodi (or tuba if you prefer) with a batch of uniquely colored fry.
An overview of Lake Apoyo above and below the water, showing the wonderful fish fauna of the Lake.
The small Crater Lake Xiloá hosts six species of Amphilophus, in this video you can see them breeding in natural habitat.