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Post by Aura on Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:43 pm

I've read a lot about first-time moms not being good holders, but I have a lot of young ones that hold and hold, past what I would consider their release dates. Hope she releases soon; she's looking a little thin and ragged and she's just a tiny little thing. I really don't want to have to catch her and I do not need any more fry!





Maybe I'll throw in a bunch of fake plants to make a spot that she might feel more secure in releasing them.
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Post by Rift_Lakes_Rule on Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:33 pm

Great shots Betty Wink

The fake plants just might do the trick if the other fish don't dig them up first. The only way I could ever keep fake plants in my mbuna tanks was to plant it in a rock pile that they couldn't move... worked like a charm.

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Post by bulldogg7 on Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:42 pm

great shots!

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Post by Drake-tripod on Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:08 pm

betty i have some sp 44 females in the fry tank that are holding now and they have a mouth full of eyes and they arent even 2 inches :O i would try and just net her and that might make her spit with out even touching her my ventralis females do that for me
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Post by theswede on Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:47 pm

Nice close ups. Love the the pic where u can see the fry.
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Post by preacherboy on Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:29 pm

As you probably remember Aura, I once had a large female
Yellow Lab hold for 30 days!
She finally spit on her own and I got about 25 fry from her!

But I agree with Drake- tripod;
Seems like every time I try to net a holding female she spits
them in the tank before I can remove her!

Good luck Aura!
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Post by Aura on Thu Nov 26, 2009 9:04 pm

Well I tried netting her without removing the rocks during a water change and had an impossible time. And added plants to no avail.



I really don't want to have to remove rocks!!
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Post by buntbarsch on Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:05 pm

Excellent photos Betty and I really like your tank set-up.

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Post by Micheal on Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:30 pm

My afra puulu mom was the only mom I have had to swallow fry. Before I run out of room in a 55, a 20 and 2 10's I used to break down a tank every time I had a holding female to catch her. Lately I have been just seeing how many make it unless I really want some of the species.
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Post by Rift_Lakes_Rule on Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:03 pm

That's an awesome setup Betty!!!

I can see how you would have a hard time netting a fish in there, I bet you had a hard time just getting the net in the tank with all those rocks Laughing Sure does look good tho Wink

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Post by cichlidman on Fri Nov 27, 2009 12:05 am

Very nice tank...
Hard to catch fish out of that tank.
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Post by Will on Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:47 pm

Looking good, very nice setup. Catching holding females is a pita.

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Post by Aura on Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:26 pm

She finally spit over the weekend, so I didn't have to take all of those rocks out. I caught a glimpse of something very small darting under a rock so there is at least one survivor. It probably won't last long in there though.

The male has been busy: there are two more females holding now. These are still all young ones.

Here he is -- young male showing off. You can see the holding female in the corner. She was looking pretty skinny.


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Post by theswede on Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:55 pm

Really nice set-up. That tank would color up any room. Love the rock work. Where did u find them? I´ve seen rocks like that in streams by some Swedish mountains.
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Post by cichlidman on Mon Nov 30, 2009 6:18 pm

Nice Betty,

You are going to have lots of babies..

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Post by Aura on Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:18 pm

theswede wrote:Really nice set-up. That tank would color up any room. Love the rock work. Where did u find them? I´ve seen rocks like that in streams by some Swedish mountains.

I got them from a stream near Mt. Rainier.



I picked up several different types. I still don't know which I like better.... These are four different types in this tank that I was trying to decide between.

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Post by theswede on Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:57 pm

That´s awesome. To be able to pick up different types of rocks at the same place. Different shades of grey and also red. I think that grey and red works perfectly together, as long as there are more of the grey in the tank.
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Post by Aura on Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:01 pm

I put some of the red rocks in with the leleupi. After looking at yours against the dark colored rocks, I thought I'd give it a try. Makes a nice contrast.
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Post by cichlidman on Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:18 pm

Love the color contrast, it gives it...

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Post by Aura on Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:34 pm

I didn't leave those rocks in the tank; I just wanted to see what they looked like under water. I went with the rocks with the white lines in them for that tank.

I didn't think about mixing them, might have to try that. I'm going to have to go back in the spring and get more. Very Happy
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Re: Young moms

Post by vman on Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:24 am

Labs seem to hold longer than most. My blue dolphins only hold about 18 days & my german red peacocks spawn at 1.5" & carry to full term on the 1st time. My blueberry zebra females didn't carry to full term until the 3rd time . It really depends on the breed . Beautiful male btw!
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Post by Super Turtleman on Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:01 am

That's a very nice looking male lab Betty. The tank looks great as well.
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Re: Young moms

Post by Aura on Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:12 am

Thanks. That little male looks just like his Daddy.
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