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post #11 of 29 Old 02-10-2011, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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transcriptus eat algae dont they? you may not need an extra at all... but back on topic beautiful little fishy's you got there!!!!
I've never heard that, but that doesn't mean it's not true, i'll have to do more research. Always learning on here.
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I saw 5 fry at once today. Some are lighter in color and some are darker. They stay close by their main cave and flat rock, but pop up a little higher than before when exploring. It looks as if they are filling out from their heads down...lol. they still look like puffers, but i can see distinct markings on the light and dark ones.
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I saw 5 fry at once today. Some are lighter in color and some are darker. They stay close by their main cave and flat rock, but pop up a little higher than before when exploring. It looks as if they are filling out from their heads down...lol. they still look like puffers, but i can see distinct markings on the light and dark ones.
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post #14 of 29 Old 02-14-2011, 07:33 PM
Yay!!!

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post #15 of 29 Old 02-20-2011, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Ok. I just turned the lights on and i counted 9 fry!!!all at once in once spot on the rock swimming close to it. There had to be more i'm going to keep an eye on it today and see how many i can spot. They are either great hiders...or more fry have been produced.
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9?!! Awesome!!!

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Counted 11 fry today, all swimming very close when i first turned on the light. Also i've been feeding them 1-2 times a day, and i've noticed that the fry will really spread out in the tank at feeding time. Sometimes they even seem to chase each other around and off of the flat rock. The fry seem to be hiding in groups in various spots close to the main cave. I know they are growing because i can see them from further away from the tank.

The parents seem to be protecting 2 different caves now, i havent seen them close to each other for a few days. The smaller one protects the main cave and flat rock while the larger one guards a cave on the other side of the tank.
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Great stuff! You owe us pictures!!

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post #19 of 29 Old 03-01-2011, 01:04 AM
I agree...more pictures!!!

I heard that fry and younger fishies can benefit from up to 4 feedings a day...just a thought :)

Glad the count keeps getting larger, glad to hear that you have a larger batch than expected!!!

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I have some terrible news to report on the cichlids. I found the larger of the two dead in the tank. The smaller one seems to be protecting the fry still, but i have no idea for how long. I'm unsure what to do with the remaining parent. The fry are continuing to grow and seem to be in no immediate danger, but that could change quickly. I don't know if it's the male or female still alive. He/She seems to be searching for the other one, hanging out on the other side of the tank, then returning to home base again for a while. I'd love some advice if anyone has any.
The larger one was quite a bit bigger than the smaller one, i wonder how much older he was and what is the life expectancy of the fish., or if he's simply the same age and bigger.
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