Breeding Jewel Cichlids

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Breeding Jewel Cichlids

Post  pbecker on 2014-03-24, 01:45

So I have been having some trouble keeping the mother and the father Jewel Cichlid from eating their eggs. I am relatively new to this breeding thing but here is what I have done.

The first spawn was a surprise I left the eggs in the show tank. Not a good choice.
The second go round I had two female spawn at the same time one was already in a separate tank with the male and no other fish. The eggs lasted three days and then they ate them. The other set I removed the mother and the stone that the eggs were laid on and put them in their own tank. The eggs also lasted 3 days and you could see growth but the mother ate them anyways.

So they seem to be spawning every two to three weeks so I am going to get another shot at it.

Here is my next plan I will remove the stone that the fertilized eggs are on and put it on an air stone to keep water moving around the eggs. But I need all of your expertise on this matter because it is driving me nuts to watch them eat their eggs. so please help

Phil
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Post  Anthraxx on 2014-03-24, 01:59

your best bet is to just let them figure it out on there own. a nice tank they can run together as a pair (so give em something else to pick on) and let things work out on their own. sooner or later they will figure it out Smile
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Post  dwarfpike on 2014-03-24, 12:25

I usually give pairing cichlids up to 5 spawns to 'get it right' ... other than blue rams and domestic angels, all my other cichlids figured it out by the 5th one.
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Post  MorganEA on 2014-03-24, 12:35

Do you have other fish in the tank with them? My rams were in a tank with guppies and as soon as I removed the guppies the rams ate the wigglers. I think having to protect the eggs from the guppies made them better parents.
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