I leave the black plastic guard on my heaters. It makes them look a little less obtrusive.Thanks for the pic. Does the glass reflect the light. I just installed an Eheim and the light reflection is terrible, I suppose "Ok" for a grow out tank but not for my "Main" display. Just received the
recommended by coralbandit plan on installing by the weekend.
I’ve recently been feeding bug bites, which are small enough the hydra might be able to eat them so I’ll switch back to a different food. I’ll also look into some mystery snails. Thanks!Yes, they probably hitch-hiked on the plants. That's why I QT plants. I had an infestation in a shrimp tank years ago. I think I was overfeeding, anyway added a few Mystery snails and I stopped feeding the tank and they eventually went away.
Thanks! I might get the hikari first bites just in case, but I’ll continue feeding a mix of bug bites and omega one pellets!I have a multitude of Red Zebra fry currently in my tank. I'm not doing anything special regarding feeding & they are flourishing. I guess they are eating food crumbs created by the adults.
The wounded one is doing great! I can’t even tell that it was ever hurt . No idea on gh and kh but pH is about 8.2
Congrats on the fry!! Seems like shell dwellers breed like guppies so get ready!!
Thanks! Now I just have to figure out what to do with the fry, because I’m pretty sure that tank is going to get cramped really fast lol. At what size would I be able to sell Or give away the fry? Not really looking for money or anything, but I’m not sure how long they can stay in the tank.Nice tank! I’d love to do a setup for shell dwellers some day, they’re so cool! Congratulations on the fry!
I’d say with 8 in a 20 gallon it’s at a good stocking level for that species, maybe a little overstocked, but I plan on upgrading to a 40g in a few months. The parents are being pretty ruthless to any fish that come near. One pair has territory right next to the breeding pair, so they’re getting a lot of the aggression but they seem to be holding their own pretty well. The 3rd pair has taken over an area at the other end of the tank, so I haven’t seen any issues there. But the 4th pair was living right behind the parents/1st pair, so they’ve been kicked out and are now living at the top of the tank.I’ve never kept these fish but I’ve heard they are aggressive. Most will over stock their tanks to spread out the aggression and over filter to make up the difference. With fry I’m guessing the parents are now moving fish out of there way. I think A201 keeps these fish as does jmaldo and a few other members. Hopefully they’ll stop by with more info.
I’ll keep the 4th pair in there then. I’m hoping to raise up a few of the fry. Any recommendations on how to keep them alive and any idea how long it’ll be before the fry are abandoned?
Are the red zebra fry as tiny as these guys? Unless these guys grow extremely fast, it’s hard to imagine any of them making it at only two weeks old. Maybe I’ll get a breeder box for a short term solution. Eventually I’ll have to get a grow out tank.As long as there is plenty of hardscape a few might survive.
Regarding parenting, It depends on the species.
My male Red Zebra defended the nest for about two weeks. 99% of the fry ended up lunch. There is still at least a dozen fry growing & living well in the hardscape.
It’s bigger than I thought! I know there’s a size difference between the two species, but I thought they’d be smaller at 2 weeks. Not sure if them being a prolific breeder is a good or bad thing lol. I want them to breed but if they’re anything like convicts I’ll be overrun with baby fish. At least these guys are less common, so there’s more demand.Here's pics of a couple of fry. The larger one is probably 5 or 6 weeks. The tiny one in the dark hole is 2 weeks.
Don't be in a big hurry to buy a breeder box. Once African Cichlids get in a breeding rhythm they are like breeding Convict Cichlids. Very prolific.View attachment 754819View attachment 754820
In my area an adult usually sells for $15 and juveniles are usually sold for $10. I just fed the fry for the 3rd time today because I read you need to feed them 3-4 times a day for the first few days. Does that sound good as long as I do water changes every 4 days? I feel bad for the poor parents. It’s such a big spawn and the fry are very eager when I feed them lol.Shellies aren't very common in my area & when available are relatively expensive.
Red Zebras are very common & cheap.
I rehomed my male Red Zebra, Kenyis & Socolofi. Just got tired of the heightened aggression and non stop nest digging.
I have some extra rocks I can use to make shelters. Thanks!In the wild Shellie fry probably seek the closest shelter available. Makes no difference, rocks or shells, as long as predators don't get them.