Baby Cichlids in my tank!

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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: Baby Cichlids in my tank!

jewel cichlids?

Reddish, with a black spot (or two) on the side, and slight iridescent markings?
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This should help... There are gold spots under its tail but I do believe many Cichlids have them. Seems like the usual one you see at the LFS.

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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: Baby Cichlids in my tank!

the picture of the adult is a maylandia estherae - that's a red zebra cichlid, from lake malawi.

But either your fish are unique, or something else is going on - these guys have zero (I mean zero) parental care for their fry once the fry are free swimming. The male will have nothing to do with the babies once the female is carrying the eggs. And she, after holding them in her mouth for 28 days, spits them out and starts eating them soon after.

the baby does look like a juvie red zebra. Odd behaviour you are reporting, indeed.

I've stuck the video on youtube for you, so people can watch it on site:
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ehall67 replied the topic: Re: Baby Cichlids in my tank!

interesting

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I'll get a video tonight. The photo I sent yesterday was the brighter oranger Cichlid than the other mate which is slightly faded orange. The faded one always keeps away from the other so it hides. I was about to take that one out cause it seems like a wussy fish and will get eaten soon. Maybe a mating thing? Hopefully I can get a video of the Cichlid fending off the Oscars from eating the fry! Its hilarious to watch but certain death any day. Are they worth saving? I don't remember paying much for them. Although thats harsh but my 125ga tank is over full now!
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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: Baby Cichlids in my tank!

when your oscar is larger, these two malawi fish of yours are likely to become lunch.

pairs don't work. As you are describing, one is hiding a lot.

Rehome them, to somewhere where they can live better lives with their own kind. Not just the fry, the whole lot. Many pet shops will help you, just ask them.
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Broncoholic replied the topic: Re: Baby Cichlids in my tank!

For sure. I plan on only having 2 jacks and 2 oscars in this tank.
As you can see in this video its crowded.
BTW- Now the Cichlid will shake vibrantly everyone in a while. What does that mean? Can't seem to get a video of it.

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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: Baby Cichlids in my tank!

aggression, and/or mating display.

I have a video of two of mine mating here somewhere (I can link you to it, but it's nothing spectacular), in that video he does the shimmy-shake as part of the mating dance. It doesn't show up well, the frame rate is too low to catch it.

Your female won't be willing to mate with him for about four to five weeks, during which time he very well could injure her badly - they can be quite insistent. Keep your eye on it, but if there is a lot of space, she may be able to get away and hide.
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Broncoholic replied the topic: Re: Baby Cichlids in my tank!

Yeah, I think because there is so much area for tem to hide, these little guy's are still kickin today! She's still protecting them and is never off guard. She's got all the fish in check. Sure is amazing to watch! Sure makes it tough to clean the tank with those little guy's cruising around...
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Broncoholic replied the topic: Re: Baby Cichlids in my tank!

Just another update for kicks :woohoo:

The little ones are still alive and growing quickly! I'm very confident to say that I believe that the mother cichlid has trained the O's and JD's that the fry are off limits. I'm sure that also has to do with the extra food I'm providing but the tank gets dirty fast. :sick:
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