Re: NANFA-- Weird Catfish Behavior

R. W. Wolff (
Fri, 2 May 2003 01:18:14 -0500

I have seen pairs of black bullheads gaurding their eggs. They had nests in
shallow sandy water in a pond with no cover. When I found madtom nests in
discarded cans, only one fish was in with the eggs. Doesn't mean that
madtoms may not form nuclear familys as black bullheads appear to do.
Possibly the females gaurds the nest area perimeter, and the male the eggs
and fry in the can, which is a common strategy for fish that both parents
have gaurd duty.
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