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Old 02-11-2014, 07:15 PM   #1
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Catching holding cyps

I caught my cyprichromis school doing some egg dropping and catching last week (so cool). How long should I wait before trying to catch the females?
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:29 AM   #2
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1st time?

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Yep - 1st time with cyps. The interesting thing is that even though the dominant male usually chases the other males and females all over, he seemed fine with the subdom doing his thing in plain view AFTER the dominant male had finished fertilizing his females egg's.

Also, is it usual to have multiple females fertilized within an hour or two of each other?
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:26 AM   #4
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Am I in danger of them spitting the eggs if I wait too long to catch them? Would that be two weeks or so?
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:33 AM   #5
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1 week but I like to left my females hold till term 1st time and see if they can n strip once wigglers are viewable

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Waiting one week of holding puts them in danger of spitting?

They sometimes can't hold to term? Would that be if they're too young?

Once wiggles are viewable wouldn't that mean the little guys are sometimes swimming outside their mothers' mouths? I don't expect anybody in my tank to survive at that point.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:59 AM   #7
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Most mouth brooders end up swallow or messing up the first batch. My LFS has a breeding colony of paracyprochromis nigripinnis and I have watched him strip them before. They are an established colony and he strips them as one would strip an mbuna, although they seem to release a bit more easily. That's just what I've seen, I have no personal experience with it myself
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:10 AM   #8
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N just strip ma K es life easier. I usually let my females hole till full term. Once I see them holding wigglers I. Mouth I strip them is what I was saying. No sometimes they swallow sometimes they spit. Yes cause of age or never doing it before or stress. And yes but mothers don't let them swim unless they feel safe.

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If I contain the females in my fry box wouldn't they eventually just let them go and I could return the females to the colony?
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:24 PM   #10
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Do you have a 10g tank set up works great but she will try to suck them back up...stripping is best way I got 21 utinta right now stripped from 2 females

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