Mbuna fry care and question

dlevesque1

Hello everyone!

Over the weekend my holding Mbuna female finally released some fry. It was her first time holding eggs and she only spit 4 fry. Currently, I have her in a temporary 10-gallon tank (she's only been in a week and a half) with a cycled sponge filter and some rocks. The 4 fry currently hide under the sponge filter and I'm nervous that they are not eating, because I never see them leave the filter when I put in some fry food in the tank.

I was wondering since I have a small netted fry holding box, could I place them in the main tank that I have to make feeding easier? Or should I avoid moving the fish to another tank? The water quality is the exact same between the 2 tanks, which I have made sure of. So I don't think the stress of new water would hurt them. This is my first time caring for cichlid fry, if any of you have more experience and can offer tips I would greatly appreciate it!

Attached is one of the fry, super tiny.

Thank you!
 

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A201

Just build a complex elevated rock hardscape in the main tank. Once the female spits, the fry instinctively swims into the tiny cracks & crevasses. Most fry will eventually be eaten, but a few will occassionlly survive.
Speaking from experience, unless you are keeping an expensive, highly sought after Mbuna species, which can be easily sold or traded, it's better to let nature take its course.
 

dlevesque1

Just build a complex elevated rock hardscape in the main tank. Once the female spits, the fry instinctively swims into the tiny cracks & crevasses. Most fry will eventually be eaten, but a few will occassionlly survive.
Speaking from experience, unless you are keeping an expensive, highly sought after Mbuna species, which can be easily sold or traded, it's better to let nature take its course.
Yeah, I have sort of a rock wall type setup in my main tank. The fry are not purely 1 species. Father is a Masoni Reef, and mom is a Swedish Hogi I think.
 

A201

I've got a few mutt Mbuna swimming around my tank too. Lol.
 

dlevesque1

I've got a few mutt Mbuna swimming around my tank too. Lol.
I wanted to try raising some fry on her first go-around just to see what it's like. Probably next time if she holds again I will leave her in the main tank. I've read online that selling fry that are not pure breed isn't a good thing. Probably best to let nature take its course.
 

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