When keeping Flyer cichlids, you’ll be really missing out if you don’t try to breed them, as they exhibit very interesting behaviour.
1 A suitable pair will start pair bonding by fanning their fins and gill flaring. The top fish is in fact a female and is starting to display brooding colours, likely to attract the male fish.
3 Once they have chosen a suitable spawning site, the pair of Flyer cichlids will deposit around 200 eggs or more. In this case, a vertical rock has been used.
2 Once the pair has successfully bonded, they will stake out a territory. Both fish undergo a dramatic colour change to dark bars on a light grey body. This photo shows the male excavating and spitting out sand.
4 The eggs will hatch and fry will emerge in around 6–7 days. Before they become free swimming, you may see the parents hanging the fry like washing on a bushy plant or a piece of decor.