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Old 03-19-2014, 12:05 AM   #1
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Holding!?

I've been trying soooo hard to make my ice blue's to spawn. They've been courting and showing the proper behaviour, I left for a few nights and when I came home my female was missing. I looked high and low, fed them, everything to convince her to come out and nothing. I got a little worried so started shining a flashlight around and she finally came out. Does she look like she's holding? I'm sorry for the bad photos. She just wanted to hide. Click image for larger version

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Old 03-19-2014, 12:06 AM   #2
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Definitely looks like she is holding to me.
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:09 AM   #3
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I'm honestly the happiest fish momma ever! But.... Now what? When can I catch her? Is it best to strip her or let her spit on her own? Obviously spitting in my main tank is a bad idea.... It's my first spawn, so I want to keep as many as I can!
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:12 AM   #4
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About how long has your female not been coming out to eat? If you wait about 2 weeks (14-17 days iirc) from the approximate date of spawning, you should be able to strip free swimming fry. I haven't managed to breed any of my Mbuna yet, as they are still growing out, but I've stripped my Protomelas and Otopharynx females a couple of times, once for free swimming fry and 3 times for eggs because I wanted to hurry up and get the females eating again. If you strip eggs you will need an egg tumbler. They're really easy to make, but if you don't want to mess with it then it's best to either strip fry or put the female into a tank by herself after a couple of weeks so she can spit the fry on her own.
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I just noticed it today. I've been gone for 5 days though, so basically it could of happened anytime between then and now. I keep trying to peak in her mouth to see if I can see anything hahaha!
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:18 AM   #6
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Oh, I see. I couldn't tell from the other post that you just got home today. The little snots would have to do the deed when you weren't home to notice. LOL!

Do you have a spare tank that you could put her into in 10-14 days? Hopefully she will spit them in there. I'm sort of a control freak so I would probably prefer to strip eggs or fry, but that's just me and there are plenty of folks who would do it differently.

*edit* be aware that there's a possibility she will spit in the net due to stress when you go to catch her. It happens sometimes.
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:23 AM   #7
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My friend has a cycled 10 gallon she's offered up... But now to just get it here. I I think I'm going to make an egg tumbler just incase she spits while being moved... Or will she pick them back up?
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My Protomelas female didn't when she spit in the net, but since I was trying to get the eggs anyway it was no matter. You don't have to move her now.
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Okay. I should have been prepared. But owning them for a year and a half and nothing I thought they hated each other hahaha. Clearly they just wanted privacy! Looks like I'll be setting up my 30 gallon ASAP as a grow out!
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Would a divider work better then moving her?
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