My Jewels have laid eggs.

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G'day everyone,
A new topic for me... in my non-oscar cichlid tank I have a couple of Jewels that have laid eggs for the first time (that I have noticed). I'm not overly fussed about the eggs/fry being eaten as I believe they will lay eggs every few weeks once they get going, but it is kinda exciting because I have never had fish reproduce before. Has anyone ever had fish successfully raise fry in a community tank? (unlikely I know). I have also read that Jewels become incredibly aggressive when spawning - not the case with mine, I haven't noticed any change so not sure if/how they will defend the fry. I'm thinking I might have to make up some kind of divider to keep the others from the eggs/fry. Would be easier than trying to round them up to put them into a tank of their own.
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Zak replied the topic: Re: My Jewels have laid eggs.

Well with Africans it happens all the time if you have the proper cover for the babies to hide in but usually only a couple will live if you do that... But that's Africans mouth brooding goes a long way
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Miss Nicki replied the topic: Re: My Jewels have laid eggs.

Can we see???
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stuart71 replied the topic: Re: My Jewels have laid eggs.

G'day Miss Nicki,
It seems my question was answered over night. Yesterday the two black stones were covered with eggs, now there only a few left.
I'll see if I can get the video to work.

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stuart71 replied the topic: Re: My Jewels have laid eggs.

There's not much to see but thought I'd upload the vid anyway just for the excercise.
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Miss Nicki replied the topic: Re: My Jewels have laid eggs.

Don't be discouraged,They have been known to move the fry.. Or eggs...
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stuart71 replied the topic: Re: My Jewels have laid eggs.

Hey Nicki,
Look what I found this afternoon!
The other fish in the ank aren't going anywhere near them so I'm guessing they'll be alright for a while.
When should I try and take them out? :)
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Miss Nicki replied the topic: Re: My Jewels have laid eggs.

Ha Ha!!!! That is great!!!!

I have seen them do this before.. But those babies are so cute!!

I think I would leave them in the tank with mom and dad..

What are the tankmates in there???
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stuart71 replied the topic: Re: My Jewels have laid eggs.

I have 2 x Electric Yellow, 2 x White Knight (Strawberry Peacock????), 1 x Red Empress, 1 x misc Peacock 1 x bristlenose and a Blue Gurami (strange I know but I inherited him and he gets along fine with the others).
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Miss Nicki replied the topic: Re: My Jewels have laid eggs.

Oh boy, I think I would use the siphon to suck the bulk of the babies into a bucket..
Then transfer the babies to a growout tank...

If you try to net them, Momma is going to get MAD!
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