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Who's Your Daddy

Post by jcamaro2 on Tue May 17, 2011 6:35 pm

I have a Yellow Lab which is holding eggs, which is great but I have a very young male Lab who is not helping the female in anyway and is really young. I only other males in the tank are a same size JD, a Kribensis and a Auratus who is staying by the female and is sort of chasing anything away from where she is.
Is the Auratus maybe the dad? What are your thoughts?
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Re: Who's Your Daddy

Post by iceblue on Wed May 18, 2011 2:20 am

The auratus is a known bully and has the natural inclination to make life miserable for all the rest of the tanklmates. Most likely he is the dominante male and the one who sired the clutch. He is in no way "protecting" the female and will probably run her ragged. I would set up a small tank for the female with a filter that has some of the bio-material from your main tank in it. She is going to need the rest.
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Post by Aura on Wed May 18, 2011 10:14 am

I agree with iceblue. Mbuna dad's are deadbeats! My first choice would be to leave the mom to spit the fry in the tank, but if the auratus (or any others) are harassing her, I would remove her.

It sounds like you might be understocked. What size is the tank and how many fish are in it?
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Post by jcamaro2 on Wed May 18, 2011 11:30 am

Its a 55 gal I do have two Kribs, 3 cats, sucker, the JD, the two labs, auratus, a Big angel some zebra teras and 2 gourami the tank is only 2 months old so I am still trying to figure it out. The water is fine. I wanted a angel tank but they kept dieing I think it was the water at the time. I don't have a extra tank only a small betta square plastic tank, can I put her in there with a air stone? They are all about 2" each.
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Post by jcamaro2 on Thu May 19, 2011 12:16 pm

How long before the eggs hatch? Then how long before the yok sack is gone and I should start feeding them?
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Re: Who's Your Daddy

Post by Aura on Thu May 19, 2011 4:04 pm

You said you're still trying to figure it out -- do you mean which type of fish you want to go with? I love mbuna, so I vote for those. Smile

I replied in your other topic about the eggs hatching.

If you decide to save these fry, you don't need to feed them until they have been released by mom. If you strip and tumble them, you can feed when the sack is gone. You'll be able to see that when it happens.
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