02-04-2012, 04:15 AM
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Once they start breeding they dont stop. You will have lots of fry soon enough. We just went through a similar incident actually. We have an 80 gallon tank for our fry. We didn't realize that most haps are kistivores(sp?) meaning they primarily eat small fish. We have some Otopharnyx Lithobates about a month old that are around 2" and we went to put in some new fry about 2 weeks old, just shy of an inch. We thought they would be safe since they were too big to be eaten whole. The older fry grabbed a couple by the tail and another one would grab the head and rip them in half. Managed to save all but 4 in the end. This is going to alter how we breed them since each spawn is going to need it's own tank now.
As to your female still holding, she will eat her own babies. Haps dont raise the young like most cichlids do. They have a couple minutes after being released, then it's dinner time.