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Mouth brooding african cichlids
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PostPosted: 2007.01.23(Tue)22:52    Post subject: Mouth brooding african cichlids Reply with quote

Yes!!!!! I'm very happy to say that my female red zebra has some eggs in her throat cavity. I was wondering since this is their frist time breeding how much eggs do the females usually have?
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PostPosted: 2007.01.24(Wed)0:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats!

The quantity of eggs produced varies. I think typically first time mouthbrooding females produce a small quantity of eggs (6-15). In some cases inexperienced moms may consume some or all of the eggs. As females mature the quantity of eggs increases (20-40 being the usual brood size for mbuna like red zebras).

In the event the eggs weren't properly fertilized, she'll consume or discard them within 4 days.

Under ideal conditions Red zebras, and mbuna in general, are capable of producing fry once every few months (or more frequently for the more prolific females such as every 30-45 days).
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PostPosted: 2007.01.24(Wed)0:04    Post subject: re: breeding red zebra Reply with quote

These babies are hybrids, kenyi with a red zebra. Anyway should I remove fry when hatched? to prevent consumption?
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PostPosted: 2007.01.24(Wed)1:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you plan to do with these hybrids if they are saved?

Many consider hybrids to be very undesirable in the hobby.

In the event you just want to retain them (and not distribute them to pet shops, or other buyers), you could relocate the mother to a maturnity tank and return her to the main tank after she's released them after a couple of weeks or so, or you could strip the mother (remove the fry from her mouth...do a search on that), or you could provide extra cover in your main tank to increase ods of survival.
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