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post #1 of 4 Old 09-10-2011, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Need help w/ new cichlid babies and getting zero response in breeding forum...

Moderator: Please leave this post here? No one ever responds to me in the BREEDING section and I need help.

I have about 40 orange cichlid fry in my 55G. They are divided to about a quarter of the tank, separated from 8 other large cichlids. They are about a quarter inch long and are very active and eating.

I finally put the mom back over on the other side with the other adults this morning, after about 3 weeks with her fry. Now she is leaning up against the divider, yearning for her babies.

Do I put her back and let the fry grow up with her? Or is it best to get her out at this point? All of these babies appeared out of nowhere and I don't have experience. She is the only orange cichlid in my tank and I have no idea who "the father" could be.

Any advice would be great. How much/when to feed, lighting, etc.


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post #2 of 4 Old 09-10-2011, 01:59 PM
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Hi gilfish,

We'll leave your post here. Sorry I can't help bc I have no cichlid experience :(

Why don't you try sending a pm to some of the more experienced cichlid members in this section of the forum?

Read through some of the threads and see who might be able to help. Sometimes it's easy for us to miss threads when there are so many on a forum of this size

Good luck and congrats. on your fry.

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post #3 of 4 Old 09-10-2011, 10:52 PM
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I don't have much experience with cichlids myself, my first breeding and raising fry is with my convicts, in which the fry have finally made it to the free swimming stage. I am not familiar with the mouth brooders and Africans, if I remember right that is what you have. For a member here that I have seen to be very knowledgable about cichlids and would likely be able to help you would be rrcoolj. Hope this helps and good luck.
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-11-2011, 01:07 PM
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Sorry for the late response. I honestly do not think she is yearning for her babies although she might be. How long was it since you separated mom and the babies? She may be trying to take the fry back into her mouth, in that case I would go ahead and keep them together. Like their american cousins, africans are very good parents.

On the other hand if it has been some time since she has been in the community setting she may have lost her rank and might be being bullied by the other fish. What other fish do you have in the tank?

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