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nattybrown 11-14-2012 01:50 AM

My 1st Fry!!
 
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Thought I'd share...one of my strawberry peacocks recently released her 1st clutch!! (and mine!) Out of the 14 fry that I found, 9 survived. The other 5 either didn't develop fully or maybe she held them for too long, idk. They were bent in half & just spun around. Of the 9 survivors, 3 of them came out not strawberries! I have no idea what they could be or who they came from, but guess I'll find out! :-P There's one little one that has something up with one of his eyes. Almost looks like it didn't finish forming, but seems to be doing fine otherwise. I'm really looking forward to the experience of raising baby cichlids!

aussieJJDude 11-14-2012 03:34 AM

Hmm they ones that look bent look like they didn't form properly.
But good job on the lil guys!

Romad 11-14-2012 04:12 AM

Oh how cute!! Congrats. and good luck with them,.

SeaHorse 11-14-2012 06:16 AM

Congratulations!! Love baby fish! Since these are your first....Pristine water will make them grow faster so lots of water changes. There are commercial baby fish foods on the market if you are wondering what to feed them. They will need more frequent feedings than adult fish.
Will you house them in a separate tank to grow? They will need to be bigger than the biggest mouth in the tank, that may take a while.
I'm hoping someone will advise if these guys can be kept with their parents... some fish eat them, some will mouth brood or keep their young close. I'm not familiar with Peacock's parenting skills.
Very exciting though!!

nattybrown 11-14-2012 08:17 AM

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Originally Posted by aussieJJDude (Post 1310135)
Hmm they ones that look bent look like they didn't form properly.
But good job on the lil guys!

Thanks so much! I hadn't actually planned on keeping the females long enough to have babies, but apparently they had other plans!! My original intent was to have an all male tank. Oh well....At least I can think of it as, if some of her fry are boys, then I just got some free fish!! As for the "other" little ones...I didn't want to deprive them of any quality of life, so I put them into my main tank. Pretty sure the rest of the brood took care of them fairly swiftly. :-( Just wanted to make sure I remembered my responsibility to the hobby as well.

nattybrown 11-14-2012 08:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Romad (Post 1310141)
Oh how cute!! Congrats. and good luck with them,.

Thanks very much...I'll try to keep everyone current on their progress!

nattybrown 11-14-2012 08:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Jakiebabie (Post 1310167)
Congratulations!! Love baby fish! Since these are your first....Pristine water will make them grow faster so lots of water changes. There are commercial baby fish foods on the market if you are wondering what to feed them. They will need more frequent feedings than adult fish.
Will you house them in a separate tank to grow? They will need to be bigger than the biggest mouth in the tank, that may take a while.
I'm hoping someone will advise if these guys can be kept with their parents... some fish eat them, some will mouth brood or keep their young close. I'm not familiar with Peacock's parenting skills.
Very exciting though!!

Thanks, Jakiebabie! Before she spit, I put her into a 10g all to herself. I wanted her to be able to get her strength back after having the babies before putting her back in the main tank. Once she released the fry, I placed them in a breeder box in her tank. Once recovered, I planned on moving the mother back to the main tank & releasing the fry so they could have the whole 10g to grow out.

Currently, I've been feeding them twice a day. I do have some baby food on hand, but not cichlid baby food. I know Dianichi has baby food, but it's pretty pricey. Right now, I've been feeding Hikari's First Bites. Said it was good for all kinds of babies...would you recommend another?

Tazman 11-15-2012 07:55 AM

New Life Spectrum fry food is superb for cichlid fry, it comes in a liquid form.

Looking at the uneaten food on the bottom of the tank / breeder box in your pictures, you are slightly over-feeding. You want to feed the fry, very small amounts about 4 times a day (if possible).

They have been spit early as well, they are under-developed and as such will need the water to be as clean as possible. It is important to get them in the tank by themselves as soon as the mother is eating properly again and to help keep the tank clean. Give the mother a few days to a week at most and then she can go back in the main tank.

Congrats on the new babies, it shows the water in the main tank is to the fishes liking and in good condition.

Just a word of warning if you are planning an all male tank, they can be a lot of work and need a lot more care than a mixed sex tank. It is extremely important when setting one up that you have a cycled, ready to go tank at the ready, in case you need to remove fish to it. Males that do not get along will need to be re-homed as if they dont like each other off the bat, they will not like each other period and most likely fight until one fish is either injured or killed.

nattybrown 11-15-2012 06:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Tazman (Post 1311582)
New Life Spectrum fry food is superb for cichlid fry, it comes in a liquid form.

Looking at the uneaten food on the bottom of the tank / breeder box in your pictures, you are slightly over-feeding. You want to feed the fry, very small amounts about 4 times a day (if possible).

They have been spit early as well, they are under-developed and as such will need the water to be as clean as possible. It is important to get them in the tank by themselves as soon as the mother is eating properly again and to help keep the tank clean. Give the mother a few days to a week at most and then she can go back in the main tank.

Congrats on the new babies, it shows the water in the main tank is to the fishes liking and in good condition.

Just a word of warning if you are planning an all male tank, they can be a lot of work and need a lot more care than a mixed sex tank. It is extremely important when setting one up that you have a cycled, ready to go tank at the ready, in case you need to remove fish to it. Males that do not get along will need to be re-homed as if they dont like each other off the bat, they will not like each other period and most likely fight until one fish is either injured or killed.

Thanks, tazman. I feed my adults NLS & they absolutely love it! Perhaps I overlooked their baby food. I do try to stir up any uneaten food w/my finger & strain it through their breeder box, but I'll try not to have such a heavy hand when feeding next time. ;-) Appreciate the tip on a male tank, as this is my 1st time having cichlids. It's neat to see babies, I just don't want to get overrun too quickly. On the other hand, I'd always have my own stock of free fish! I have several spare tanks that I use for QT. Hopefully, I won't have to use them for aggression purposes, but it's nice to know they're available in a pinch!

Tazman 11-15-2012 08:18 PM

:thumbsup: Great to hear you have the spare tanks, keep them cycled and ready to go.

If you need any advice feel free to post in the forums.


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