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What color are the parents? as they do not like "normal" yellow labs.

They are very orange and I dont see any black lines on them either, which yellow labs usually have from less than 5 weeks old.
 

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Ah ok.

Am not 100% sure but picture 18 makes me think that she is a Pseudotropheus saulosi and not a yellow lab. It could also be she is not a true yellow lab (which many in the hobby are not).

Is there visible barring on her back?

Still though, they like the water conditions you have given them and have spawned so that is always a good sign things are going well in the tank. :)

Keep us posted as to how they are doing.
 

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Nice pictures :). Im still trying to figure out how to get the 4 fry out of my main tank. and seperate them. But i think i might just leave them they have some hide spots. But heres my question the female lab you have that had the fry was only 3inches? because i have actually noticed another of my Zebras are holding and shes barely 3inches. Should i be concerned for her holding full term?
 

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She sometimes shows the bars but only when stressed I think only lions cove show the bars constant. She is srill yellow but just a very dark yellow. I think camera and screen settings make her look orange
 

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Nice pictures :). Im still trying to figure out how to get the 4 fry out of my main tank. and seperate them. But i think i might just leave them they have some hide spots. But heres my question the female lab you have that had the fry was only 3inches? because i have actually noticed another of my Zebras are holding and shes barely 3inches. Should i be concerned for her holding full term?
She is less than two but not by much. The male chased her for a month before she gave in to him. She is very young and is why I choose to strip her young. At four weeks I feel she would have died. Only six of the orignal thirteen fry are still alive so I lost a few. However the remaining ones are very healthy and growing fast.
 

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Ah ok so shes was pretty small im surprised she was mature enough. Well keep us posted whens the other female having the fry?
 

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Tazman she is golden yellow like a gold dust mollie the camera makes her look orange. She does have the darker bars but she dosnt show them often
 

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The young are now two months old and have reached an inch. I haved moved them back in with the adults since there are plenty of places they can get to that the adults cant
 

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Round two. She is holding again. I got home after a run to get some cattle and walked in at midnight. Same pair as last time.
The last group is stull in with the adults and have been doing fine.
 

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Congrats on the new batch coming soon.

Depending on what size the original batch are now, you might have to keep an eye on them with the younger fry. Having two batches of fry can sometimes make the older ones, a little inquisitive and go after the babies.
Older adults will generally leave them alone provided they get enough food at feeding time.

Let us know how it goes with them.
 

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The first batch is in the main tank with the adults and are over an inch in length. I am thinking of moving the female out into another tank. I may move the male with her to allow another to take over as the dominate male. The female is still under three inches so I may again strip the young from her around day twenty. I still have six from the first batch and they are doing well.
 

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Bit of a late reply, bad bad idea of moving the male with her. If the male goes into breeding mode again while the female is holding, it will stress her to the point she might lose the eggs or it could kill her.

I would leave the male in the main tank, having another male take over is potentially asking for a lot of trouble, once he establishes as the tank boss, then he will chase the other male.

To be brutally honest, I would keep a group of only 1 male to several female and not multiple males unless you have the females to go with them.
 

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I moved only the female. Problem is all my yellows are male except her. I am hoping she produces more females.
 

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Well there is a new dominate one in my tank. Loki took over that place as loki is the largest fish. Not sure but think Loki is female.
 

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Hey gang, dont mean to change the topic, reading about the breeding of the yellow labs is very interesting. Can you take a look at my post and give me some insight, advice and tips? First time owning any cichlids, I bought 3 Yellow labs from PetCo. and will add 2-3 more in a week if these seem to be thriving.

Link is here with some questions, and seeking advice. Thanks for taking a look!

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/cichlids/electric-yellow-cichlids-yellow-labs-118032/
 
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