01-11-2008, 10:52 PM
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I strip many of my African and South American Cichlids. I do this, especially on the higher dollar fish, to prevent the mother from swallowing them, or prevent the fry from being eaten when they are released. I do not use any instruments other than my hands. Care must be given to make sure no injury is done to the femal, especially her mouth. They fry are then put in a tank specially prepared for them. By doing this, you are also getting rid of the mother's burden of brooding the fry. Many do not eat during this process and come under a great amount of stress. It takes practice though.