Monday, January 16, 2012


Finally at 9:30 this morning we had lots of little babies! My husband was on top of things and for the first time we got in on camera!

So that you have a little background before watching the clip, the male and female, after flirting for what seems like forever will position themselves just right so that they are facing each other and the male will open his pouch and the female will insert her eggs into his pouch. It is truly amazing how they do this in the water, it looks like they are dancing! From there the male nourishes and hatches those eggs inside his pouch and usually about two weeks from the day the eggs are inserted the male gives birth, shooting the babies right out of his pouch! Then I guess its all up to us from there :) 

There were probably about 100 babies in this batch, which is pretty normal for this male. As he gets larger and his mate gets larger they will produce more babies. 

If you watch carefully, when he isn't even finished he goes down to the rock where his mate is and immediately starts flirting! I am sure this guy will have more eggs in his pouch by the end of the day, the female has been producing them the whole time he was pregnant. No matter how many times I see it I will always be amazed! 

Now its off to set these little guys up in a 10 gallon and start hatching baby brine shrimp for them to eat for about the first month until they can eat normal sized food. Let the fun begin! 


  1. That is so exciting! I am so glad your wonderful husband was able to film the grand event! Well done!

  2. Wow I can't wait to show my children this video. Such a cool ranch you have. Very nice to have found your blog.