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post #1 of 18 Old 03-09-2014, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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convict cichlid spawn journal

Hello all,
I just had a pair of convicts spawn in a 50 gallon tank and thought it might be interesting to document the process.

3/6/2014- eggs were laid over the course of about 2 hours between 6:00-8:00pm. They used a very small jar as a nest site so they couldn't both fit in at the same time. They had to take turns in the jar, first the female would deposit a couple eggs, then exit the jar so the male could come in and fertilize. I estimate about 80 eggs total- not nearly as many as I have seen in the past.

3/7/14- both parents guard the nest and take turns feeding so the eggs are never left unattended. Female spends most time inside the jar, but she will exit to let the male fan the eggs . They are digging a large hole right in front of the jar and clearing plants away from the opening.

3/8/14- all continues to be well with both parents very attentive to the nest. I notice that many of the eggs fail to develop and are removed by Mom. Looks like about40-50 eggs remain at bedtime, at this point I'm starting to worry about the viability of the spawn because the male is very young and the female is quite old. I did a 4 gallon water change to keep parameters as stable as possible.

3/9/14- eggs hatched! About 2:00pm I looked in and the eggs were gone! Closer inspection reveals a mass of wiggling grey dots in the bottom of the jar... live fry. I know convicts are sooooo easy and I have bred them in the past, but this is a really exicting turn of events, totaly unplanned, and I'm really committed to taking care of these new lives.

I have photos that I will post soon!

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post #2 of 18 Old 03-09-2014, 05:43 PM
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Matthew 22:37-39
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

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3/10/2014- Both parents continue to take turns guarding the nest but im kind of surprised how far the female will wander from the nest while she is on guard. The male always hovers very close over fry when its his turn, and he fans them and inspects them constantly...very good father. Mom is a bit more aggressive to the other fish - there is still a blue gourami and dwarf gourami pair in the tank that i couldnt remove without disturbing the tank.

yesterday the fry were almost invisible, just a shimmering mass of brown, today they can just barely be seen as individual dots. Some are starting to dart and move already- but mom always returns to fan them back into a loose pile.
temp. 81F
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 20
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Matthew 22:37-39
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

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pics?

Lets see if i can get these pics on here over to that over there...
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Awesome! looks like it worked. Thats my first photo upload ever to TFK! Got lots more but have to resize.
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post #8 of 18 Old 03-11-2014, 02:41 PM
That's awesome... smart fish for choosing such a safe place to lay eggs. Best of luck raising the fry!
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3/11/14- everything much the same as yesterday, except the fry are now visible to the naked eye. A feww are starting to swim fairly well... getting away from the main pile of fry till Mom rushes in to return them to the group. Parents are both extremely hungry, eating more voraciously than usual. Its funny to watch the male chase the female back to the nest so he can return to feeding, she always complies and guards the nest till he returns on his own... then she will go and eat.
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Great job with the fish and camera!

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37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

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