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RandallW20 09-08-2009 03:50 PM

Texas Chichlid Eggs
I was doing a cleaning and water exchange today and noticed there are about 90-100 eggs in my aquarium. I wasn't expecting the eggs so soon as the fish were not showing any signs of pairing off.

What do I do now?:shock:

aunt kymmie 09-08-2009 04:18 PM

I just read this, not sure if it helps:

"The female can lay up to 500-1000 eggs on the spawning surface and the male will follow after her and fertilize them. The eggs are around 1.7 mm in size and will be tended to by the female while the male guards the territory. During this period, both sexes are highly aggressive and the male can even attack the female. It is advisable to keep them with at least a few fast fishes that can serve as targets for the male; if he has no one to chase he can become very aggressive towards the female. Another solution is to install a divider that will keep the female and male Texas cichlid separated from each other.
The eggs will hatch after 3-5 days and the female fish will help the young one out. Before the eggs hatch, the parents will have dug out a small pit in the substrate to serve as a home for the newly hatched fry. The Texas cichlid fry will stay in this pit for 5-8 days before becoming free swimming. To begin with, the fry will feed off organic matter. Roughly a week after becoming free swimming they are normally big enough to eat newly hatched brine shrimp and crushed flake food.
Texas cichlids sometimes get confused and eat their own offspring instead of rearing them. Hopefully, they will be more successful with the next batch."

RandallW20 09-08-2009 05:02 PM

I'm trying to find a divider now so I can seperate the male from the female and eggs.
Nobody has a divider for my size tank. I saw a post not to long ago about building your own divider but I can't find it now. It wad made from clear presentation binder clips and some plastic mesh. I can't find the plastic mesh or anything that would work as I've looked at walmart and homedepot.
Any ideas guys?

And I can't tell which is male and which is female right now as they are both guessing and tending the eggs. One is vastly bigger than the other though if that helps any..... :(

Twistersmom 09-08-2009 06:22 PM

Is this, what you where looking for?

They sell mosquito screen at the home stores, also sold as a dog screen, in the diy window section. The screen is made of plastic and is safe to use in your tank. Lots of people use it to make moss walls.

RandallW20 09-08-2009 06:48 PM

That's the link :)

the screen you are speaking of, is it the nylon coated polyester petscreen?

Twistersmom 09-08-2009 07:17 PM

I think so. I bought some a long time ago, not sure what I did with it.
I will google diy moss walls to make sure.

Twistersmom 09-08-2009 07:50 PM

My google search is not giving me any brand names on the widow screen, using plastic canvas is probable the safer route.

RandallW20 09-08-2009 10:35 PM

That's what I've been looking for with no luck. I tried to swing by hobby lobby after school, but they close at 8pm.
I'll try again as soon as they open in the morning

Twistersmom 09-08-2009 11:24 PM

I know walmart has the plastic canvas in the craft section.

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