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tsalvageboy 07-27-2007 09:12 PM

Holding Mothers? Please help!!
 
I got home from 2 weeks in Ireland, and found that two of my peacocks were holding. I went out and got a 10 gal set it up with my tank water and seeded it with some rocks. I got the two out and isolated them. Right away one of them let out a baby fish. they are both still holding. What do i do? Do i strip them both and put them back in the main tank? Or do i leave em in the small tank?

Please help. I am very new to the whole breeding thing.

Here are a few pics..

The pink peacock looks like there might be something wrong with her gills, is this normal?


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Lupin 07-27-2007 09:24 PM

IMO, leave them to do their job. Fry from mouthbrooders are much safer than those who lay their eggs where too many risks of predation are involved.

tsalvageboy 07-27-2007 09:37 PM

Leave them in the big tank or the small tank?

Lupin 07-27-2007 09:42 PM

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Originally Posted by tsalvageboy
Leave them in the big tank or the small tank?

Either way will be okay. The fry themselves are well-protected inside their mothers' mouths.:)

tsalvageboy 07-27-2007 09:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lupin
Quote:

Originally Posted by tsalvageboy
Leave them in the big tank or the small tank?

Either way will be okay. The fry themselves are well-protected inside their mothers' mouths.:)

Ok, I have no experience what-so-ever in this area...is there anything you can tell me to help me. Or a point me to a post that lays it all out?

herefishy 07-28-2007 12:02 AM

I strip my females most of the time. I place the fry in 5g holding tanks until all are free swimming. The tanks are fairly heavily ariated with air stones. I also use an anti-fungal medication (methyline blue). The tanks are very spartan with just the airstone bubbler and a sponge filter (billi filters usually). There is no gravel in the tanks. The fishroom is heated so no heater is used. Congrats and good luck.


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