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Old 07-31-2011, 07:44 PM   #1
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2" SRT Hongi Holding...

Is it possible that a 2" SRT Hongi is mature enough to breed?

I've attached a "best" pic I can manage to get of her. She constantly hiding out camera sight.

Ive never had a mouthbrooder hold. Can someone verify that she (and I'm assuming it's a she) is indeed holding? I've only had "it" for about 2 months.
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:56 PM   #2
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Yes but its only a guess sorry
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:44 AM   #3
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mine are about 2-3" and are able to breed, she held eggs for a few days then started eating again so she may be too young to hold full term if she is (depends on the fish, just stating my experience with young hongi's first brood)

my female is a dark brownish colour with a hint of that orange through the fins.
see avatar for the male in full coloured dress, but when calm he gets a bit darker in the body too.

you can tell if its holding, the bottom of its mouth/throat reminds me of a pelican with fish in its bill. bulging at the bottom
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mine are about 2-3" and are able to breed, she held eggs for a few days then started eating again so she may be too young to hold full term if she is (depends on the fish, just stating my experience with young hongi's first brood)

my female is a dark brownish colour with a hint of that orange through the fins.
see avatar for the male in full coloured dress, but when calm he gets a bit darker in the body too.

you can tell if its holding, the bottom of its mouth/throat reminds me of a pelican with fish in its bill. bulging at the bottom
Thanks for your replay. She's definitely holding then. Fingers crossed for full term, but I'm more relieved I can confirm it's female and not a sub-dominant male.
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The fish that looks like she's holding....does It have egg spots anywhere?
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The fish that looks like she's holding....does It have egg spots anywhere?
Yes. There is a single faint egg spot.
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Yes. There is a single faint egg spot.
Egg spots mean nothing when it comes to mbuna since both males and females have them.
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My experience with them: I have a breeding trio and males have egg spots on the anal fin along with a black bar on the bottom and they may have one egg spot on the dorsal fin. One female doesn't have any spots and the other one has a faint one on her anal fin.... that may help!
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But like he said both make and female do have them so....it's hard to tell them apart
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I appreciate all the information. I'm surprised that she is already mature enough to breed. I wasn't expecting this to occur for several months.
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