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Old 08-16-2014, 11:06 PM   #1
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So I have a 55 gal with three zebras, one yellow lab, one german red, a pleco, and a sulphur head, and I went to do a weekly cleaning and discovered this guy! Click image for larger version

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I'm assuming since it's yellow it must be from my red zebras or my yellow lab...I don't know how to sex my fish so I have no idea who they came from, and I also have no idea how to raise the fry. I don't have another tank to raise them so I have to keep them in my 55, and I have only counted three fry that have survived this far. It was four but I watched one get devoured by my german red 😁 so I bought a fake plant that's kind of like a ground cover for the fry to hide in to see if they survive through this. If they don't it's not much of a loss, and if they do, I probably won't keep them. I haven't really decided. Anyway I was wondering what they might eat or if they need any special care or if I should just let them go and see if they grow? Any advice would be awesome, thanks! Click image for larger version

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Old 08-16-2014, 11:19 PM   #2
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Yellow labs and zebras will hybridize so it could be from either or both.

If raising it is important to you I would move it to it's own tank and then feed it some small sinking food.

That being said, once mbuna start spawning they will continue on seemingly endlessly so I would at least consider leaving it alone.
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Almost certainly a zebra fry, cichlids won't crossbreed unless there aren't any opposite sex members of the same species. Usually 1 or a few fry will survive on their own, no need to feed anything different IME.
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Thanks for the help! I'll just let them go and see if they live. Thanks!
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