Cichlid fish brood their young in their mouth and the cuckoo catfish knows it.
The cuckoo catfish has an extraordinary way of raising its young and feeding them: In the mouth of their prey.
When you see what these crazy little catfish do to survive, you’ll be amazed.
Or just plain ticked off.
Found in Lake Tanganyika, Africa these little catfish are a brood parasite that preys upon the common cichlid fish.
The cichlid fish keeps their babies safe inside their mouths. In order to infiltrate this survival tactic, the cuckoo catfish drop their own eggs that the mama cichlid scoops up. When the catfish eggs hatch inside the mouth of the mother cichlid, they are born to a feast of cichlid eggs. That is the making of a horror story.
The catfish babies are then raised by the mother cichlid because neither know the difference. Will the cichlid species be erased by the cuckoo catfish?
The cuckoo catfish is also a great addition to your aquarium, and will also help keep the tank clean. Make sure to add some broad leaf plants and some cave structure.
The crazy thing is, they are well-suited tank mates for raising cichlids. Evolution is strange.