Originally Posted by J-T-T
I am not intentionally breeding my cherry barbs so this is more of an info question than any thing.
I have a mama that has a huge tummy that she seems to have had for a super long time. Is there any way to know how long she is going to hang on to her eggs? Second, does it cause her issues that she is holding them for so long and what looks to be so much?
I'll try to get a picture for you
The good news is that she is not pregnant. In order to be pregnant, there needs to be a fertilized egg in there which she does not have. The correct term is that she is "gravid" which means she is carrying eggs. Since the eggs don't get fertilized until they are out of her body, she cannot be pregnant. Hope that clarifies things for you
With that all being said, she can go a lifetime without spawning and releasing her eggs. If you have a male in there with her however, most likely, after a water change, she will spawn with him and the eggs will either be eaten by your other fish or by the parents themselves so don't be surprised. IF you are lucky enough to have an egg or fry escape notice until it becomes free swimming, you can consider yourself lucky because that doesn't happen often. If you do want to breed them on purpose, feel free to PM me for instructions
Hope this helps