Do cichlids eat their babies?
Unlike the majority of fish, who will happily eat their babies, male and female jewel cichlids team up to take care of their fry. However, it’s not just as simple as leaving the parents to take care of the fry and hoping for the best. By helping them out a little, you can ensure that at least some of the fry survive.
How many babies do cichlids have?
New mothers also have very small batches of eggs: around 10 or so. A mature female will have up to 30 eggs. The male fish has no part in the care and raising of young, and may happily eat the babies if he is present when they are released. I suggest a 10-15 gallon tank for the mother and babies.
Do male cichlids protect their babies?
The pair will guard the eggs, wrigglers, and fry. The female typically fans the eggs and the male guards the site from intruders, which are often other cichlids looking for food, or ubiquitous predators such as tetras.
Will baby fish survive in my tank?
Not necessarily. Many fish breed very easily and produce great numbers of offspring, simply because very few will survive to adulthood. The more fish in your tank, the more you will need to feed them, the more feces they will produce and the harder your filtration system will have to work.
How fast do baby cichlids grow?
From 2″ to 5″, it takes 4-5 months easily. From there it can take quite awhile to get a male to the 7-8″ full grown size. Mbuna do seem to grow much quicker than the haps and peacocks even when fed the exact same diet.
Do male or female cichlids hold eggs?
African Cichlids are mostly mouth-brooders: when they breed, the female will pick up the eggs and hold them in her mouth, whilst the male fertilises them (hence the egg spots on the anal fin). She will hold the eggs for up to 28 days, until the fry have hatched and have developed into fully formed fry.
How long do baby fish need to be separated?
In about 4 to 6 weeks, the babies should be large enough to release into the main aquarium. But be sure the babies have grown larger than the mouths of adult fish. If it’s not possible to set up a separate aquarium, drop-in breeders are a great alternative.
Do baby fish need their mothers?
They don’t lay eggs; their young come out swimming. And they are prolific breeders as well. Molly babies get no protection from their parents. The tiny fish are just as likely to be eaten by their own mother as they are by other fish in the aquarium, so to survive they’re going to need a little help.
Can two different cichlids mate?
Yes I have. Hybrids are quite common in the cichlid hobby. Almost any Central American cichlid will hybridize with any other. Many of the mbuna (rock dwelling cichlids from Lake Malawi) will hybridize with each other.