L. Caruleus Holding . . .
Posted 14 April 2004 - 06:52 PM
I have five L. Caruleus in a 20 gal (tall) w/ a S. Eupterus and a bristlenose pleco. Very happy tank.
Found a female lab holding about five days ago. I've read up on set-up for a tank to raise the fry. . . seems simple enough, but what about separating the mother from the home tank? Or stripping the fry to kep them from being dropped and then sucked up by my filters?
Posted 17 April 2004 - 11:00 AM
Posted 18 April 2004 - 05:22 PM
Posted 09 May 2004 - 04:09 PM
Posted 15 May 2004 - 12:15 AM
Its usual for all cichlids to loose their first few batches of eggs. Inexperianced mothers usually take a few tries to get the hang of it. You can strip her if you want but its got to be more stressful to her and its more work for you.
When you notice your lab holding, wait a week and a half and move her to her own tank, it will keep her from getting stressed. A good breeder will not swallow her eggs in a simple tank move. Mine made it from the store through a hour car ride to my tank and kept her eggs.
Keep her in the seperate tank until she spits, after that she doesn't really need to be there. Its usually best to keep her with the fry for a day so she can gorge on food, then put her back in the main tank. The longer she is away, the harder it can be for her to fit back in.
It takes awhile for the fish to get everything right, sometimes they catch on real quick, sometimes you'll loose a lot of eggs, but once they start producing fry they'll go crazy. Yellow labs don't produce a whole lot in each batch, but each female is capable of producing once a month if everything is perfect.
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