Mbuna Cichlid Fry?!

  1. EEng Member Member

    So I finally graduated to cichlids....in no time one quits eating....im thinking great...i killed it....then just when I think it's going to die of starvation.....Babies!!!!.....Now What? Huh oh 9cd6ef4e82bd659d63015c385bea725c.jpg dad54d14221359c28021256d2cdea0f1.jpg

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  2. PLECO657 Member Member

    What species of cichlids is it?
  3. EEng Member Member

  4. PLECO657 Member Member

    If it's something colonizing like shell dwellers I would let them stay in there and start a real nice colony but if not i would put them in a quarantine tank or a breeder net so the don't get eaten. Once they're big enough yu can either keep them or call your local fish store and give them to them.
  5. EEng Member Member


    I didn't know what to do....so improvised temporarily. I cut a plastic tote lid....added small slits...and divided the tank. 3c6c4bde1e451b9ecf50b6475118675a.jpg
  6. smee82 Well Known Member Member

    I believe they are mouth breeders so im not sure if separating them is a good idea.
  7. PLECO657 Member Member

    In that case I'd just leave them alone. And see how many survive
  8. fissh Well Known Member Member

    The picture is a strawberry peacock from Lake Malawi. With all the cover you have in the tank I'd leave them alone and some should survive.
  9. EEng Member Member


    Here is the mother.
  10. fissh Well Known Member Member

    That's a red zebra, that should be some interesting hybrids.
  11. EEng Member Member

    Are hybrids a bad thing?...the large peacock isn't the only male...let me see if I can get pictures of all of them....ill add them
  12. Lance0414 Well Known Member Member

    Hybrids can be good or bad, depends on the person. If you hybridize too much it could damage the offspring but as you seem to have non-hybrid parents the young should be fine. The main thing that hybridizing could do to offspring is deformities like the Parrot Cichlids mouth not being able to close.
  13. EEng Member Member

  14. fissh Well Known Member Member

    Looks like two different labidochromis, and a female Kennyi. So what ever bred in your tank will produce a hybred.
  15. EEng Member Member

    The fish store said they were all Mbuna except for the peacock.....yikes
  16. EEng Member Member

    [​IMG]this guy hides all the time.
    And....theres a lace catfish?...wife had to have it. [​IMG]
  17. Lance0414 Well Known Member Member

    Nice Peacock, What all is in the tank and how large is the tank?
  18. EEng Member Member

    60 gallon tall. If you can hang out a second I will put a collage of them on here.


    And a medium sized orangish bristle nose and the catfish and fry..haha.
  19. EEng Member Member

    Fry update. Looks like there are around 30. All healthy so far.
  20. fissh Well Known Member Member

    Keep use updated, I want to know what they turn out to look like?