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Glen
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Cichlids and breeding

Post by Glen » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:43 pm

Hi Pam,

I need to know about cichlid eggs. I have an Acei and a Jewel, both adult about 1 year old. I recently was adding some cover to the tank and found masses of very small orange eggs in a slimy mass, but not all in one area, they are dispersed throughout the tank in the gravel. I am not sure if they are from the fish as I also had about 8 small shrimp in the tank as a treat for them. I know this may sound ridiculous, but I really am not sure if this from the fish or not. If it is, is the slime normal or is this fungus that needs to be removed?
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Glen

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Re: Cichlids and breeding

Post by Pam Chin » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:17 pm

Hi Glen,

The jewel fish is a substrate spawner and lays adhesive eggs. They usually deposit them on a flat rock, or inverted flower pot or taller rocks, even the glass. They would be all together on the substrate or rock numbering 100-200. Acei is a maternal mouthbrooder, they lay they eggs and then pick them up and hatch them out in their mouth, the spawns are much smaller and the eggs are larger, maybe 12 - 15 eggs.

So I am not sure what you have there, but I don't think it was caused from the cichlids, the shrimp maybe the issue? At any rate, you probably want to do a major water change and make sure you get all of that out of your tank, it is likely to muck up your water conditions. Then keep an eye on it!

I will mention that ome species of fish are egg scatterers, many catfish for example, so I am not sure if you have any? But they "scatter" their eggs around the tank, and they don't provide any parental care.

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