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05-18-2014, 03:32 AM #1
experience artificially raising cichlid fry?
my dominant pair of bolivian rams have spawned. again.
usually I just let them fool around with their eggs and fry until they all disappear by some means, but I've gotten tired of
watching that happen over and over again. With this batch, I think I am going to try raising the fry myself for a change.
However, I've never done so before and so I would like to ask the AC whether anyone here has successfully raised cichlid fry before.
when do you take the brood from the parents? as eggs? wigglers? free-swimmers?
what do you do with them afterwards? what foods do you feed?
The brood in question was laid approx. 2 days ago and still unhatched.
Any help is very much appreciated!
05-18-2014, 06:00 AM #2
It's easiest to move the eggs if they're attached to a rock or leaf, though the ideal setup is a dedicated breeding tank with a poret foam divider. Simply move the parents to the other side, they aren't particularly necessary for hatching or raising the fry. Live plants are helpful for starting tiny fry, they support a lot of micro-critters the fry can feed on whenever they like. A really good prepared food for tiny fry are golden pearls, available in different sizes for different stages of growth. Hatching baby brine shrimp is helpful, but not usually really necessary, and some fry are too small to eat those for the first week or two. In general a well-established air driven sponge filter is also helpful, same reason as the live plants.
I've never bred Ram's, but I seem to remember reading that their fry are on the tiny end of the scale when they hatch. I've raised several different species of SA and a number of African cichlids. One thing I did encounter with feeding live baby brine shrimp was an unexplainable infestation of hydra. They killed some of the fry before they became free-swimming, but weren't a problem after that point. With a couple hundred fry each spawn a few losses to hydra weren't a big deal anyway.
Other thing to consider is tankspace for growing them out. Overcrowding can become a problem sooner than you'd expect.
05-18-2014, 02:07 PM #3
Thanks a lot for the advice.
I wasn't actually planning on deliberately breeding them. They just spawned and I decided on a whim to raise the young.
The pearls are interesting. Never heard of them before. Did you have to order those online?
Future tank space certainly is a good point. Considering the small spawn size(I've seen spawns 2x as large from the same pair), my relative inexperience likely resulting in casualties, and that rams aren't super aggressive to each other, I do believe I have the tank space to accommodate them all.
05-19-2014, 05:08 PM #4