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charles 07-16-2005 02:13 AM

Kitumba Spawning Log
I just measured my fish. I always thought my largest female was 4-5". I was wrong. She is measured from nose to tail at 6.5"... Now the alpha male is at least 2" more than her so he is about 8.5-9"

Well, the reason why I pull them out is that there were spawning going on. She dropped her tube 2 days ago. And this afternoon, she did lay her eggs. Here is a picture of her holding.

This is almost exactly a year after I bought the group from Steve Perryman. She has total including this time 5 spawns. The earlier 4 spawns were not full term. She split her eggs from 2-10days. So after a 5 minutes debate inside my head, I decided to strip her. Here is a picture of her eggs.

I crushed a few eggs cause my female jumped out from my hand while I was striping her and damage a few eggs. And some eggs appear to have some white stuffs on them. They are not fungus. They are actually some string like stuffs attaching the eggs while she lays them. They do come over after a gentle rocking back and fore in the water.

Well, I still have to take the damaged eggs out but I don't want to bother the fish anymore tonight. I will take them out first thing in the morning. What an exciting night.

Wish me Luck, I will keep updating this thread.

charles 07-16-2005 02:28 AM

The eggs are actually quite big... like the size of a corn.

And I just realize mom is still holding some eggs in her mouth. I am going to let her have those. A good way to see if she is going to hold full term.

Eggs count at 15 per tumbler.

dave628 07-16-2005 02:44 AM

how did you move the eggs to tumbler without crushing them?

sealord1au 07-16-2005 03:00 AM

Congrat Charles

just keep a close eye on those eggs with white in them they will die more then likly but i wish you luck.
keep us updated please

p.s i normaly strip at day 5 seem to get over 90% survival

Darren :D

cichlidfreak1 07-16-2005 03:33 AM

good luck and congrats on the eggs :thumbsup

charles 07-16-2005 09:47 AM

this group i have consists of 2m/3f wc. this is the 7 spawns of the group. largest female spawned 5 times total n 1 for eah of the other females. none held full term so i striped this time. and almost all spawns except 1 past day #3... i believe u have 90% cause the unfertile eggs are gone in 3 days usually.

i have a floating container in the tank when i strip the mom. then i just pour the eggs with the water into the tumblers.

Mark 07-16-2005 09:50 AM

Congratulations Charles. :cheers:
We're pullin' for ya. :thumbsup

Fin 07-16-2005 10:50 AM

Congratulations Charles :thumbsup

Make sure to be extra careful while pulling those eggs out that turn white "rotting" its kinda tricky while they are packed into those egg tumblers .I used a plastic coffee stir stick that had a tiny little bend at the end to scoop the bad eggs out of the tumbler .Congratulations again Charles hope that things workout this time and you get rewarded with a bunch of F1 Kitumba fry to raise :thumbsup :mrgreen:

charles 07-16-2005 11:19 AM

Looks like mom lost all her eggs in her mouth again. It was only a few left though.

Eggs count #1 tumbler 13, #2 tumbler still at 15 July16 morning.

Stephen 07-16-2005 11:56 AM

Congrats,Charles & Good luck

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