Wow the brevis do not stop! So i now have 2 batches of Fry that the lfs are taking on saturday.
Problem is they will not take any more than that and i have just found a new tiny batch of at least 4!!!
I think the breeding pair i have are going for a full rivers worth of fry!
Unfortunatly being only one decent lfs where i live and not many breeders i am going to have to think about giving my brevis pair to a breeder or someone that has the capacity to take on regular fry batches.
If multis are worse than this i dunno how u cope cath!! Probo better prepeared!
So now to find a good breeder who is into tangys!!!
I really stupidly thought brevis were not very prolific breeders!
hmmmm ok lets think. If i went down the route of the predator it would have to be after i give away the fry i have as i dont think i could kill of the ones i have now! (already attached)
If i did have the predator would that not cause the adult brevis to get super agressive to protect the eggs???
Also depends on how the julie would take to another fish.
That said am i being cruel if i keep the brevis with the knowledge that i will be repressing their urge to parent fry by having a fish i know will kill them off??
I know i have two or three options
1. Keep as is and keep giving away fry (maybe run out of homes though)
2. Get a predator and kill any new fry that arrive but is that a cruel environment to create.
3. Give away the fry and the breeding pair if my desire is not to breed and accept i made a stupid choice getting fish that i knew may breed. Get summint else that will go with a julie.
ohhhh wat a fool! thanks for the suggestions guys by the way. Must admit i feel like a bit of a rotten keeper. Made the error of enthusiasm for the brevis species cloud what may have been a better choice of species.
Hi Guys pretty sure I?m gonna get a telling off (lhg, gwa, perhaps?? Lol)
I recently posted bout my brevis having a brood of 5 fry, but since then I have found another batch of 4 much bigger ones from obviously an earlier brood. They are lovely specimens. All healthy and I?m very proud of them.
Im obviously pleased that the fish are happy enough that 2 of the 3 brevis have paired up and bred but now I may have a problem on my hands.
Obviously with my limited 65 litre I am not gonna have the room to raise lots of fry and im pretty sure that my lfs will only take a limited number as tangys are not a big seller for them.
So im now wondering what to do? I really love the brevis but not sure if I?ll be able to cope with endless broods.
?why then did you get fish known to breed!?? is the question im probaby getting asked.
Well it was mainly that shelldwellers were the only real option I had when it came to smallish chiclids for my tank and I naively went for brevis over multies as id read they were not very prolific at breeding, and as I had seen no fry for nearly 2 years of having them I stupidly assumed I wouldn?t have a fry problem, and that maybe the Julie was eating any I wasn?t seeing.
So what do I do? I can move the fry to another tank but before long that would be over run to or do I try and rehome the breeding pair and healthy fry?
I feel really silly to have got into this situ and probo on reflection should have just not got the fish if I wasn?t prepared to deal with a mass of fry or just got my Julie and one or two other compatibles to go with him.