Big-Wrig Big-Wrig
  • Not too shy to talk
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  • Posted on: 17/11/2011 10:42
Fry Chances... #1
How well are Malawi cichlid fry likely to do after the mouth brooding stage?

I have 4 different fish mouth brooding ATM so not the space to separate them all. Three of four now how visible fry in there mouth with next to no yolk sac.

Will any survive?

There is plenty of rock work and Anubis etc for shelter.

dwss59 dwss59
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  • Posted on: 8/12/2011 21:30
Re: Fry Chances... #2
Fry have a high mortality rate in the wild less so in aquaria but if you have ctfish of any type then you're providing a very healthy high nutritional food source for them.
Depending on the size of the tank and species you're keeping some should make it through.
Invest in some liquifry food for them. Pour it in and the bits and particles will cling to the rock and substrate for them to feed.

If you can catch any and put them in a smaller tank then you'll be able to feed properly and ensure growth. The best way is sometimes to isolate the brooding female and then remove her back to the main tank when the fry are happy.
Central Americans; once they pop they don't stop!