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gilfish 12-31-2011 10:52 AM

What should I do with all of my baby Red Zebra cichlids? (Video)
Hey all. I have about 25-30 Red Zebra Cichlid kids at about 5 months old - born and raised in my aquarium. Each is about 1" long now.

Do these have value to the local fish store? Maybe Craigslist?
How much $ should I expect for them?
Would it be wise to let them get bigger before selling them?

I need to make room in the tank. I should mention that these are cross-breeds with a male yellow lab. :shock: Does that take away from their value?

Thanks for any advice. Here's a vid!

rrcoolj 01-01-2012 05:49 PM

Since they are hybrids you should dispose of them either cull them or use them as feeders. We really do not need any more hybrid Africans polluting the hobby.

gilfish 01-02-2012 08:38 PM

Interesting. So this would never, ever happen in the wild? I imagine that in our money-first society, fish stores and breeders are probably the biggest offenders, no?


rrcoolj 01-02-2012 10:46 PM

It is not as likely to happen in the wild considering there are plenty of females for males to chose from instead of the limited amount in an aquarium setting. The biggest offender are ignorant fish keepers that dump a bunch of different color "pretty" mbuna in a tank without researching species, size, temperament, etc, then when the fish spawn and have babies the simply give them to a LFS or to other people without really caring of thinking about it.

gilfish 01-03-2012 05:28 PM

Well I turned them loose 24 hours ago and for some reason my 6" Livingston Cichlid doesn't even care. ??? This is the same fish that has eaten much larger fish in the past including a 2.5" Bala Shark. OH NO - is it possible that my Yellow Lab knocked up my Livingston as well?? If she is a mouth brooder than it might all make sense now as to why she hasn't been eating, and why she now isn't eating the babies.

rrcoolj 01-03-2012 11:19 PM

Not very likely. Those are 2 very different species. If her mouth looks full its possible she is holding. Can't say who the father might be because I do not know your stock. Or it is very likely your fish has contracted bloat. In that case you should begin treatment ASAP.

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