The demasoni fry are not shy when it comes to meal time. They are growing, and their fins have really developed. Their color is coming out too. Now they look like miniature versions of their parents. I still have them in the net because their mamas are still in the tank with them. That'll change soon. I'm going to take the mamas to the LFS, and all the fry will go too when they are grown. I enjoyed raising fry and all that, but african cichlids just aren't my thing. The thing is, I get
I'm sorry the video doesn't show the fish actually coming out of the mom's mouth (because that is the COOLEST part) but that is what you get when you have a 9-year-old cameraman. But you can at least see the process I hope. Grab mom, pry mouth open, if they don't swim out (which they do when the mouth is still pretty full) you dip them in and out of the water while the mouth is open. I ended up with 26 little babes.
Here they are!
I have two demasoni females holding. Their throats are so HUGE and when I look in their mouths I see eyes! So I am going to try stripping them today. Wish me luck. Last time I wasn't very successful with them. They're so little it's hard to keep hold of them. Maybe I will have baby fishy pics later.
Welp. I think they're ready to go to their new homes. They sure have grown! That's an adult, full-grown demasoni in the back there for size perspective. I've got the remaining adults in with the fry while I figure out where in the heck I"m going to put the 55g in the new place. The babies were right at home with their moms! I might have some more little blue babies soon, as well.
So today was my birthday. While the kids had Wii sports tournaments and Mr. Snapper cleaned the house I tended to fishy things. Changed water (always! ), including giving the goldie fry their first water change. Tried vacuuming a little too but I was so nervous I'd suck up some fry I stopped. I'll do more another time. I tended to the plants in the tropical tank. I got some pics of my cichlid fry. They're about the size of a neon tetra now.
Sat and watched the goldie fry for a good lo
Ok, the gorgeous rosy barbs are going back to the LFS. They are evil!!! They have all my angelfish (even Beelzebub, the biggest jerk angelfish there is) hiding in the plants, they've torn up Gabe's tail and dorsal fin again (it was starting to heal ) and as a final straw, they ate one of the Glowy's eyes.
It's too bad because they're really pretty and I love watching them.
Today was moving day for the fry. They got out of their cramped little breeding net and into their nice spacious 40g mansion to grow out. I haven't lost a single one, still have 22 labs and 5 demasoni.
I remembered that I had a picture of Rosie and Bob in a small container, so I decided to put them in the same container and see how they've grown. Then blog about it because everyone else is doing it!
November 6, 2011
And February 26, 2012
Wowsers! Those BN plecos cleaned this tank right up. For some reason they won't touch that spot right at the front. Weird. Still, this tank was covered, and they did a great job.
I want to keep a journal of the cichlid fry's growth so here they are on day three after stripping.
And just because, here's Tuna.
So I got my fish from Rain Garden today. They've just moved to the tank, and I took a quick video which I will share if it ever finishes uploading. They're doing okay but they seem really stressed.
Here is what is interesting and unexpected though. For kicks, I thought I would measure the pH and ammonia of their shipping water. The pH was 6.8, not too bad. But the ammonia was pefectly yellow = ZERO. What? No way. So I tested it again. Same results. Now I'm freaking out thinking my amm
Look at this little guy. Cute, right?
That clean area where he is was absolutely COVERED in brown algae a few days ago so he is definitely doing his job!
Now a warning... I'm about to post gross photos of an algae covered tank and poo. I am AMAZED at how much poop these fish produce. I vacuumed it all out less than 24 hours ago, and now look.
Seriously! That is less than 24 hours. Crazy! Glad they are eating the algae though. I haven't fed them anything else.
I suspect this will mostly be rambling. lol
Here's what I've got up and running at the moment.
100 gallon with 9 goldies and two blue mystery snails in it.
55 gallon with 9 demasonii and 4 electric yellow labidochromis, one bristlenose pleco
46 gallon with 4 angel fish, 4 yoyo loaches, 3 emerald green corys, 4 glofish, 1 dwarf gourami, 1 platy, 6 otocinclus
40 gallon empty
40 gallon two bristlenose plecos
55 gallon empty
5 gallon with a betta and two ADFs
10 gallon with a betta