Electric yellow cichlid fry

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I was wondering if I can keep 1 month old chiclid fry with new born fry in same tank together? Hi I'm rather new to tropical fish keeping but Iv done as much homework as possible & everything is going well although I still have a few questions I can't find answers for. Here is a little bit of info behind my question, One of my cichlids had fry on the 2nd of September she spat them in a breeding net as other tank was not fully cycled, I put the mum back in the main tank, the fry are still in net in main tank all doing well. I noticed another holding female & took her out about 5 days ago put her in 65 litre now cycled tank, she has just spat today. I'm planning on putting her back in my main 225 litre tank. But I'd like to free up some room & move 1 month old fry in to 65 litre set up with the new born fry, they are to small & fast to catch & put in net, I have plenty hide places for them in 65 litre tank, mum is still taking them in & out her mouth. Any help would be great & sorry for waffling on, thanks in advance
 
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@rubysword I got mainly videos, as pictures were hard to get with babies & mum constantly moving, I sat all day watching her I actually captured her spitting the fry, il upload that aswell just now, uploaded after she spit above

mum electric yellow cichlid spitting fry
 
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It is unusual to have a female Mbuna that pays attention to the fry after spitting them out the first time. Usually they don't eat them, just ignore them. A care giver is very interesting.

I would not mix the fry, as older fry will chase and kill smaller ones, even if they can't eat them whole. Even with a lot of hiding places, I would expect them to get most of the smaller ones. However, I'm sure the fry in a net are already slightly stunted, and allowing the smaller ones to have a larger tank, they should catch up in size rather quickly. I'd watch, and when they are all close to the same size, it would then be safe to put them together.
 
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She took them in & out her mouth a few times I observed, I left her in the tank until the next day & fed her & put back in to main tank. I also have 1 month old guppy fry about 17 of then, I noticed the mum in birth & put her in breeding net, they are around the same size as the new born cichlids would they be ok together in the same tank or will the cichlids grow quicker & try eat the guppies?

I know cichlids & guppies are not the best to be together but I bought the tank second hand with the fish all set up, it's a community tank & there a few fish in there that should not get on that do get on.

I have a 30 litre tank I'm not good with gallons think it converts to around 7 gallons there is nothing in it, I have a sponge filter that's ran on 65 litre tank for around 4 weeks, from what Iv read I could put the 1 month old cichlid fry in bare bottom tank with the sponge filter & a heater to get them out of breeder net. I have a brand new hob filter for 65 litre tank I can put a stoking over intake so it does not suck the new born fry in, but would I have to run it with the sponge filter for a while to keep good bacteria or can I just run new filter & take sponge filter out?

Sorry for all the questions there is just so many Iv been trying to find answers for, thanks for the help @chromedome25
 

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Ok cichlids fry dont belong with no community fish...they will consume anything they can kill...bare bottom tank with heater is fine.. no problem using a sponge filter serve a couple perposes...moves the water that oxgenate it....filters the water...and after awhile using sponge filters the fry will eat off of it...but we always want to crush up our pellets in a bowl with a spoon...instant baby food...if i didnt answer all ur questions please ask again...
 
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Ok cichlids fry dont belong with no community fish...they will consume anything they can kill...bare bottom tank with heater is fine.. no problem using a sponge filter serve a couple perposes...moves the water that oxgenate it....filters the water...and after awhile using sponge filters the fry will eat off of it...but we always want to crush up our pellets in a bowl with a spoon...instant baby food...if i didnt answer all ur questions please ask again...
I bought a tank divider for the 65 litre I have 7 week old cichlids on 1 side & 1 week old cichlids & 7 week old guppies on other side they are around same size, guppies stay up top mainly & cichlids down bottom & middle area, what I wondered with sponge filters are I got a second 1 & ran it in tank but it's only been in there maybe a week does it not have to be in longer before I put it in bare bottom tank for fry? I know about cycling tanks but can't find much on sponge filters alone., I couldn't find an answer before I moved the 7 week old guppies with new born cichlids together just hoped if they were raised together they should be ok like there parents. It's difficult to catch them given there size & fact there in a set up tank at the moment with gravel rocks & plants. They are all feeding well on crushed flakes & also some baby brine shrimp occasionally. The parents are in a community tank as I said i bought the tank with all the fish in it in June the guy obviously never researched what fish can go together but they are doing well Iv had zero deaths & the fish are breeding, they all live together happily, I'm new from June to tropical fish but I do research & read about them daily to try find out as much as I can to give them all best life I can, I am upgrading to a 5ft 600 litre tank as soon as I can. As ripping fireplace out for it. So they will all have more space. Iv also just purchased a 200 litre tank I will use for the babies when they get bigger & make it a cichlid only tank also put the parents from community tank in there to. And will have to sell on some fry also as will not have the room, especially if they continue to breed. @

Omg so jealous HOW BEAUTIFUL
Thank you, they are lovely & so cute, it's amazing watching them explore & grow & see there life from little yellow balls in there mothers mouth to little swimming fish with such cute faces, & the electric yellow colour they will be when older
 
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I had some electric yellow but sadly I moved houses and the stress was to much for them they are soooo beautiful!!! I'm super jealous I bet it is so beautiful to see all the babies swim around .. do you only have mum n bubs in the tank ?
 

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Iam so sorry i do not know what ur asking me....i dont...if you want to use a sponge filter on a bare bottom tank that is fine...if you want ur new sponge filter to have all the good stuff on it...put it in ur other established tank near the rocks stir the rocks up and then let it run for a bit then you can transfer it to a bare botton tank and not worry about having another filter....really iam not trying to be mean...ask me a question...dont tell ne . I have a tank that my uncle bobs neighbor gave to him because he lost a bet on a cubs game...and his wife cuts hair..blah blah blah....ask a question...can i use a sponge filter only on a bare bottom tank.. yes....so just ask a question about anything you want to know about sponge filters....i have 104 sponge filters ....2 in 52 tanks....some has a bare bottom....some have sand...some tanks have substrate...gravel...i use no other filters for my grow out tanks or my small breeding tanks....please iam sorry if iam being rude...i really still do not know ur question...please ask...
 
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