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MoneyMitch 03-12-2013 03:11 PM

is my lab holding fry?
came home from work anbd saw this and its not eating either, but seems to have its mouth full of food but hasnt ate since yesterday. there is also a pit where the it is hanging out that wasnt there yesterday either. there is a gold lab in there and a yellow lab. the gold lab has been chaseing the yellow aton in the past few days and will at times go up to the lab and have what i can only describe as a seize in front of it and then swims all around the yellow and just keeps repeating, the behavior has been goin on for about a week now. any thoughts?<...wlabholing.jpg[/IMG]

MoneyMitch 03-12-2013 03:35 PM

also forgot to mention the gold and yellow lab now pretty much stay togetther aroudn where the pit is and no more chaseing from the gold lab. the yellow lab at feeding time went out to feed but didnt take anything, would just swim up to food but not take it in. everything points to yes but wanna see what you guys think.

MoneyMitch 03-13-2013 03:14 PM

well i think im about to lose the holding female, she is constantly being harassed and when i came home from work today i cant belive she is still alive by her apperance, torn up fins missing scales and just all around stressed apperance. i have no way to seperate her since i dont have another tank. going to have to ride this one out and see how things go.

Tazman 03-13-2013 09:22 PM

It looks like she is holding yes, hope she makes it.

Anything you can add to the tank to help her would be beneficial, deep plastic box secured enough so it wont fall off and other fish cant get in sometimes works. As long as there is water movement it will help.

Let us know if she makes it or not.

MoneyMitch 03-13-2013 10:48 PM

just a update, i went ahead and took a tupperware container and cut some holes in it and the lid (homeade breeder cage) threw her in there and put some rocks over and around it to give the feeling of being protected by cover and not just out in the open in a closed container. shes still pretty frail looking but shes seperated from the other fish but still in the main tank and still has the bump at the bottom of her jaw signifying the eggs are still under there even through all shes been hrough would hate to lose her after all shes been through and how determined she is to keep them. ive read they wioll swallow if they get stressed or feel if they are in danger what a trooper!

Sylverclaws 03-14-2013 10:42 PM

Awuh, what a trooper indeed, and how interesting. They hold the little ones in their mouth? =o That sounds cool.

I, too, hope she makes it, and maybe gives you a few nice babies as tough as her. Let us know how it goes!

I don't know anything about these fish, I stumbled upon your posts so I can't be of any help, but I sure find it interesting. I breed livebearers, they're a lot easier but are pretty frail when very pregnant or during and after giving birth. I keep the lights out and add in a tad of aquarium salt for them.
Is there a light antibacterial that is ok for them all that you can put in without stressing her or others out? This way there's less chance of infection to her injuries. And maybe try keeping the lights out for a few days, or dimmed so she is less stressed? =)

MoneyMitch 03-16-2013 11:07 PM

well she escaped the homeade breeder that i made, i was gone thurs through sat, and i will admit she is looking atlot better and still holding, remarakeble considering she has a bad wound on one side from where other fish have been relentless but there is melafix in the water to prevent infection. going to be getting a 10gal tomm to throw her into so she can parent alone and then i can pull her once she spits them.

ZivaD 03-17-2013 07:40 AM

Mouthbrooders are so fascinating and fun to observe. I am glad she is doing better and that you are going to be able to set her up in her own digs for a bit - hope all goes well for her and her brood moving forward.

MoneyMitch 03-18-2013 08:56 PM

RIP mrs yellow lab "trooper" came home from work to see her laying upsidedown, still breathing but clearly on the way out. uthinised her and lost the eggs, lesson learned next time i see someone holding they wil get seperated immidately to avoid this in the future

Tazman 03-18-2013 10:37 PM


Sorry for your loss, on a plus side, fact that she was holding means they like the tank they are in. Am sure it wont be long before another is holding.

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