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Old 01-21-2014, 01:32 AM
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Good news everyone. I got my first Gibberosa breeding. I did a huge water change on the 8th before I went on vacation, came home Saturday didn't feed until Sunday when I fed the group a healthy portion of mysis, another huge water change today and next thing I know there's a vent dropped and she's now holding. I have to thank Greg for the group. I knew I wanted some Zaire' s but I was a bit hesitant in pulling the trigger on them. Talked with Greg a little bit and I was sold. Started with 7 but one of the females didnt make it. I got the group on Nov 12th and I was expecting for it to he a while before they were ready but I guess they had other plans. I'm excited just hope she will hold for at least 10 days so I can strip the eggs. This is my first cypho spawn..any advice?
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Congratulations!! Hope it works out.
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That's great! I hope she holds for you.
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Congrats on your first spawn!! Any advice you need just get a hold of me!
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Thanks for the well wishes everyone. I'll be keeping a close eye out for the next few days with little to no feeding. When I fed yesterday when I first noticed her mouthful, she didn't take in any food but she did go over to it.
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Congratulations with the spawn! Whats the size/length of your female kit? In my experience, in regards to females holding...its a 50/50 chance she will have fertile eggs or just practicing how to hold her eggs in her mouth. Ive had females hold for more than 5 days but i eventually figured out by observing the female's bulge (when shes holding the eggs). If you see no changes in the bulge at around 6-10 days after spawn you have fertile eggs and from there just hope she doesnt swallow or spit it out.. But if you see the bulge slowly decrease in size during that time frame she is practicing and also the male probably didnt do his job. But thats just my experience with my mikula group when i still had them. Also tank also matters...try to have them in a 6' tank nothing less because during the time my females spawned i left them in a 5' 100 gal tank and i notice the male would not stop harassing the female with eggs in her mouth. So with that i also questioned if stress and being chased around the tank caused the eggs to become infertile. All in all check for the bulge thats one sign of know that she is either holding unfertilized eggs or fertilized eggs.
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Congrats and keep us posted!
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This female is about 6.5-7 in and the male is roughly 8-8.5 inches. I have them in a 210 gal with some juvenile Burundi but thats it. I'll try to post a video of the setup.
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Day three and her mouth is as big today as it was on the first. I'm going out of town for six days and I'm hoping when I return she is still holding.
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Day three and her mouth is as big today as it was on the first. I'm going out of town for six days and I'm hoping when I return she is still holding.
That third morning is a biggie. Congrats! At day 10 she will be ready for egg removal.

Will the tank be fed during your six day absence?
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