Orangehead tapajos

lockymck1976
  • #1
Hi,
My orangehead tapajos have laid eggs numerous times now but seem to swallow the eggs. They have been in tank for 18months and have grown from 5-8cm to now being 15-20cm
I have 4 pair in the tank and they are all paired up.
Only other fish is a gold spot pleco that has only been in there for 4 months.
The tapajos behaviour and egg laying hasnt changed since adding the pleco.
My questions are,
What could be the reason for them swallowing the eggs?
Should I not feed the tank once I see the eggs laid? ( thinking they may swallow eggs while feeding)
I would really like these guys to breed.
Any advice is welcome.
Thanks.
 
Coradee
  • #2
Bumping this up for you
 
lockymck1976
  • Thread Starter
  • #3
hufflepuffplaty26
  • #4
I think it would be better to feed the tank while the eggs are in there, other wise the parents might be hungry and decide the eggs look like a tasty snack. I'm not an expert at cichlid breeding, so just a small piece of advice
 
lockymck1976
  • Thread Starter
  • #5
I think it would be better to feed the tank while the eggs are in there, other wise the parents might be hungry and decide the eggs look like a tasty snack. I'm not an expert at cichlid breeding, so just a small piece of advice
Thanks
 
chromedome52
  • #6
Four pairs would require a great deal of space. How big a tank are they in? If they are too crowded together the non breeders can stress out the ones with a spawn and cause them to eat the eggs.

You might try isolating a known pair in a tank by themselves, so they have a bit of privacy.
 
lockymck1976
  • Thread Starter
  • #7
Four pairs would require a great deal of space. How big a tank are they in? If they are too crowded together the non breeders can stress out the ones with a spawn and cause them to eat the eggs.

You might try isolating a known pair in a tank by themselves, so they have a bit of privacy.
Thanks for reply. They are in a 6x2x2. I thought of setting up another tank to put a pair in. Prob the best solution. This way I can keep fry in there and return adults to main tank, if they are succesful
 
chromedome52
  • #8
Yeah, I don't think 6 ft. is enough distance with that many in there. Your best bet would be to isolate a pair and see if they are more relaxed that way.
 

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