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Old 07-07-2011, 10:44 AM   #1
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lots of breeding

so ive already got 8x 2mth old zebra obliqidens fry.

2 wks ago my electric blue showed one of his women a good time, and she's been holding since.

2 nights ago i could see electric blue (s. fryeri) in his "love cave" with his 2nd wife.
yesterday i get home from work, and the 2nd electric blue female has the most massive jaw you've ever seen, she even has her lips pouted out a little and open a tiny bit too, she's got that many eggs in there.

and today i get home from work, my hongi has knocked up his only woman too (he desperately needs a 2nd wife)

i just got a 4ft holding/fry tank, and was about to sell the 2ft'er but ill have to use that aswell, and i still need room for mrs hongi to get some peace over the next few wks.

my gosh, its like a red light district going on in my tank.. its awesome but they could at least time their pregnancy's a few wks apart to give me time to cycle them in/out of the holding tanks as needed.

need more hospital beds for all the pregnant wimmin's to get some R&R during pregnancy

im gunna have little fish everywhere!
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Signs of a happy tank, Congrats ! With hongi only having 1 female, i would not over look the chances has there may have been some crossbreeding happening. Just my .02 . Either way congrats.
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That's why I have given up on keeping most mouthbrooding fry with the exception of the german reds, bengas, flametails, and butterflys.
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That's why I have given up on keeping most mouthbrooding fry with the exception of the german reds, bengas, flametails, and butterflys.
do you just let them spit their fry to become cichlid dinners?
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do you just let them spit their fry to become cichlid dinners?
thats what i do with mine. unless you know for sure they arent a hybrid, and have a place to sell them, i would believe that would be your best choice. Let the strong survive .
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do you just let them spit their fry to become cichlid dinners?
Yes, it happens within a few hours even minutes occasionally of the females spitting.
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Signs of a happy tank, Congrats ! With hongi only having 1 female, i would not over look the chances has there may have been some crossbreeding happening. Just my .02 . Either way congrats.
since theres one one male/female hongi it is a possibility, however ive found that most seem to prefer their own kind. (so far anyway)

also mr + mrs hongi were spending time together a little while ago, with Mrs H' gently nudging at Mr H's "junk"

hongi is one of my favourites, they have such cool markings.
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Not saying it is crossbreeding just saying it is very possible, seen it more times than not in my 10 years of fish keeping.
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I'm not one of those hybrid must die snobs since it's unavoidable the majority of the time, but selling them off or trading them into a LFS is something I strongly disagree with.
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thats what i do with mine. unless you know for sure they arent a hybrid, and have a place to sell them, i would believe that would be your best choice. Let the strong survive .
if i know its a purebred i want to try help them as much as possible.
(i view my tank for at least an hour everyday since i hate regular tv)

if its a hybrid they will be left to fend for themselves in the main tank, with no special care. (dont want hybrids)

my LFS is real good, they always take fish back, and they tell me to raise my fry to a healthy size of about 2" and then bring them in.
usually i swap the returned fish for other fish.
eg: swapped an aggressor for an elec yellow.
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