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watrsedg

Member Since 26 Sep 2009
Offline Last Active Oct 07 2009 01:59 PM
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In Topic: Snow White Fry

28 September 2009 - 04:15 PM

this is my first spawning, I have a male and femaile Snow white, each about 2-3 inches. I watching the mating game and waited aprox 3 weeks and then put mom in a seperate tank. She spit the fry and now I am feeding themground up flakes and frozen baby brine several times a day.

I have several other cichlids in my comunity tank. mom is recouperating

My question is this, I know I want to keep a few of the fry for myself but are people willing to buy the others after they are larger?
I'm not sure what exactly to do.

Thanks
Karen


Some pet stores will give you store credit or buy small fish.

In Topic: too many fish

28 September 2009 - 04:10 PM

most of my female fish are expecting. what should i do? i am afraid of having too many fish. i have 150 gallon tank with around 30 fish. i have about 10 babies that i can see through all of the rocks. whats going to happen when the rest of them have their fry?



The easiest way i found to remove fry and keep them alive is to use a small air pump line. put one end in the tank and have a small bucket sitting lower than the tank. suck on the end sticking out the tank and start a flow coming out, its easier to suck up the fry with the other end in the tank than to try and net them. just have a little tank water alrdy in the bucket for them, and dont start the syphon on the fry, keep it away from them until the water starts coming out, if you dont, you may eat one :) If you want to keep them alive i have usually waited to remove fry when they have been freeswimming for awhile because some fry feed off the mother thru secretions in her skin. If your not worried about saving them then I dont think the group of spawning fish and large amount of fry will hurt anything. just have plenty of caves so they are not fighting for territory. Depending on the size of your tank, Your weak unneeded fish will eventually be eliminated by the others. its natures way of population control :) A pike cichlid is also good for eating fry..they are fast suckers!

In Topic: Parrot Cichlid Breeding, I NEED HELP!

28 September 2009 - 03:50 PM

My parrot fish layed tons of eggs last week and now its surrounded with this soft stuff (cotton) around it what should I do? Do you think I should remove it? And all of the eggs are white. The mother doesn't protect the eggs anymore, do you think the eggs are dead? Some of my parrot fish are just eating it.

PLEASE HELP ME !



Yes the eggs are dead, if they havent been eatan allrdy, then i would remove them...................caviar anyone?

In Topic: how to tell sex of fish

28 September 2009 - 03:47 PM

hi jan, usually on a male cichlid the dorsal (top) and the anal fin ( lower rear) has very long trailer behind it, while the female's are more rounded at the ends. the male is usually the more colorfull and prominent to help attract a mate. This however isnt true for all cichlids. Oscars are almost impossible to tell apart without checking surgically. Convicts are relatively easy to discern since the female almost always has a red tinted belly. After you have cichlids for a little while it will get easier to see the charactistic traits of the different sexes. If your trying to breed some fish, i recommend adding some pics on here and getting some opinions

In Topic: Nitrites

28 September 2009 - 03:07 PM

Water naturally contains less than 1 milligram (1ppm) of nitrate-nitrogen per liter, it comes from nitrogen and oxygen. because that amount occurs naturally, i doubt you will be able to remove it :) It shouldnt cause a concern since drinking water can contain 10 ppm and still be considered safe to drink