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  1. Angry Help yellow electric cichlid breeding picture

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    Hi, i have 5 electric yellow cichlids. 2 Females and 3 males. Every time the female is holding eggs i wait 3-4 weeks and i strip them in a container. The problem is, every single time, the eggs arent even developped (they remain orange). Sometimes a few of them have a dark/blue spot or white but still, after that time they should at least be developped somehow. I have them for over 3 years i bought them since they were fry (1inch)

    35 gallons, lots of rocks/caves, average temperature 75-80 Fahrenheit, green algae growing on rocks and a nice colony of trumpet snails
    water changes: almost never because no need, water cristal clear and smells pure
    feeding: pillbugs from under rocks + other critters i find+ flakes when im lazy, rate: every other day or so

    I have no idea what to do i love my fishies lol but i want them to breed
    in the picture is one of my females. most fish are over arround 3 inch with the biggest 4inch


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    try keeping the eggs with the female longer. wait until you can see fry swimming about in her mouth. sounds like they may not be getting properly fertilized?
    your friendly neighbourhood arowanaman!

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    I don't strip my mbuna so I can't help much there. I just let them have the fry in the tank and I always have a few survivors even though I have a mixed mbuna tank. I would try changing up their diet, yellow labs are mostly herbivores eating the occasional small crustacean. A 1 to 2 mm pellet food designed for African cichlids would be best. Too much protein and they can get bloat. Good luck.

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    water changes: almost never because no need, water cristal clear and smells pure

    First of all I think the above statement is one of your issues. Just how often do you do a water change? A slightly colder than normal water change will sometimes trigger breeding. What are your water parameters ie Ammonia, nitrates, nitrites. Pristine water is one of the most important parts of the equation when it comes to a successful breeding program. Do you have a proper egg tumbler to put the eggs into once you have collected them? Have you thought of setting up a nursery tank for the holding females. It is less stressful for her as she does not have the males continuously harassing her to breed again.

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    ill come back with the info about water parameters

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    I agree with holding longer in the female. Sometimes the female will spit the eggs and get them refertilized...

    When a male is breeding with a female, the female lays the eggs, and the eggspot on the male is there because the female goes for them and gets a shot in the mouth of the males fertilizer. (trying to stay pc here) - If they doesnt get all the way in, she sometimes spits and has it over again. The female will have the best flow and enviroment in her mouth where an egg tumbler could still fungus unmatured eggs.

    A holding period is 20 days long... strip at 12-15 days when you can see wrigglers with egg sacks.

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