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Old 04-23-2012, 12:43 PM   #1
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What! baby cichlids?

I have a 55 gallon Afican cichlid tank that I set up in January 2012.
2 Red Zebras
4 Red Zebra OB
2 Yellow Tail Acei
1 Blue Kenyi
2 small peacocks
1 OB Peacock
2 Electric Yellow
2 Golden Algea Eater
1 Blue Lobster
They were all put in a the same time as babies, barely an inch long. To my surprise they have all survived.
Today, while cleaning the tank, I discovered 3 tiny abandoned fry.
I was not expecting that, I was considering donating soem fish due to over crowding. Any advise? I am new at this.
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:16 PM   #2
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I can't imagine anything on the list that would have breed already if they all started out as 1" babies.
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The cichlids will breed ASAP as long as the conditions are excellent. I had 1 1/4in zebra cichlids breed after being a tank for 1month. Sounds crazy but they do it alot.

As for getting rid of them I would just leave them. Mostlikly they will be eaten and if they dont then they will be easier to rehome since you will know what they are.
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Me either, which is why I am so perplexed. When I put the 14 cichlids in the new tank I expected to lose a few. But they defied the odds and all of them survived. Oh well, I will just take a wait and see what happens to the fry. I discovered a fourth one. There is no why I could scoop them out, they are too small.
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For now, the 4 tiny fry are hanging around the cave with Elvis the blue lobster. No cichlid mommy or daddy has come by to claim them.
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