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Former Newbie's African Cichlid Experience

Discussion in 'African / Old World Cichlids' started by Demeter32, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. Demeter32

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    As always, the new guy wouldn't hold still for very long. But look at those egg spots on the Rock Krib!
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    Slightly better pictures, he got a little roughed up but he's begging with the others now. Looking forward to his development, wonder if he will turn all yellow
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    The boss of tha tank is the only one that sits still long enough...
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    Fry update: I removed the female OB once I saw all the fry out of her mouth. The fry are eating BBS and micro worms. I found one dead yesterday and wen I looked at it the head seemed a bit deformed, like the eyes were not evenly spaced and it was larger overall than the other fry. I'll be taking a closer look at the next batch of fry for deformities.

    And Stubby the synodontis is looking much healthier now the elongatus isn't beating him up. No more scratches and nipped tail. His whiskers still seem to be getting shorter though. I haven't seen anyone actively nipping them lately so I almost wonder if they are infected or something.
     
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    I really need to do some thinning out again. The tank is sooo crowded and that means the nitrates get high pretty quick. I also moved the older 30 or so OB fry into the 29 and the younger ones into the 10gal, there's 37 in the second batch.

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    These guys are looking good, nice and healthy. There's 2 or 3 runts though, they're about half the size of the largest ones.
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    does it suck to be a dad or a mom, do you feel now like your life just emptied out on you :p
    LOL
     
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    Few pictures of the males

    The rock krib and the pastel male in breeding colors
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    Stubby the synodontis makes an appearance
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    Then the male OB peacock with a frayed dorsal, the pair of 1st generation YL/P were spawning.
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    The younger OB fry are getting crowded in the 10gal, but I am not comfortable enough to toss them with the older fry. I had some left over pool filter sand and added it to the 10gal, now I'll be ready if I ever come across some shellies.
     
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    For some reason or other, my "content" section that drops down when I click on my name is completely empty, so I had a heck of a time finding this thread. I had to google it because it wouldn't show up in the search bar either.

    That aside, there are 3 holding female now, one is a 1st generation female, the other 2 or second generation females (of my hybrids). The first gen. and one of the second spawned with the dominant male (profile pic). The other female seems of to spawned with a newly maturing 2nd generation male. This guy is still small and only started showing color in the past couple of weeks. He looks a lot like the male I recently traded in, but with better outlines of his fins.

    I plan to trade in most of the older OB fry, they are about 1 inch long and looking pretty good. There's a few I have my eye on and will keep for a while longer. The younger OB fry will finally be tossed into the 29gal and the 10gal will be ready for the next couple of batches. The 1st gen. female should be about ready to spit her fry, still debating on whether to let her do it in the main tank of to strip and raise the fry.
     
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    Took the OB fry to the pest store and got 2 free mystery snails and a glass canopy for a 10gal at a discount. I kept a handful of the more promising fry and put the younger batch with them.
    (Note these are only the older fry)
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    After the pet store I went shopping elsewhere and saw am mbuna with a fair amount of red coloratoin on his dorsal, so I got him on impulse. I believe it to be a rusty cichlid (body shape and head similar to a blue zebra). If he can play nice I'll keep him, if not then he be traded in.
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    At the moment he is in a 10gal quarantine, he's only about an 1.5-2 inches.

    Update on the cross breeds, I stripped the eggs from the two 2nd gen. females. One mostly bad eggs, but I did take the chance of keeping 2 that looked ok, and they are now little wrigglers. The other female's eggs were less mature, only a few days old. I kept most of them and picked out the discolored ones. Last night there were several eggs that looked bad so I took them out of the tumbler and sorted them out. Looks like I will have to do it again soon as I see more eggs not looking too great.
     
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    Better pictures of the new guy. He is very striped now, and there's a tad bit of blue on his dorsal.
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    Update on eggs in tumbler: I looked in this morning and saw that one of the recently hatched fry was stuck to the mesh that keeps them from getting pulled up and out from the tumbler. The little fish was somehow pulled through the mesh while its yolk was keeping it from going any further. It was still alive and moving so I very carefully cut it out with tiny scissors. Then I removed a few more bad eggs and counted 12 fertile ones. You can see the head/eyes of the younger ones now, a few have already hatched. It's safe to say that the 3rd generation has finally arrived and the 2nd generation is not infertile.
     
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    Your new fish looks like a metriaclima greshakei female.
     
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    I just did a quick google search and it does resemble the ice blue zebra. On another forum another person said the same and another said possibly a Hongi. It's more than likely a cross-breed of some sort, but I don't mind that.

    As for gender, I say male judging from the behavior I've seen while it was at the store and it's good coloration at a mere 1.5 inches. Time will tell though :D
     
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