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Old 10-04-2014, 12:38 PM
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What's everyone's opinion on what an armature like me should do?
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Old 10-04-2014, 01:08 PM
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First, I agree, you really don't have any control, so, take the pressure off yourself

If you want to deal with fungus eggs and all the frustration that goes along with it, by all means,... strip now =p Nothing better to sour your enjoyment of your fish than to strip 30 eggs on day 2 and watch them all fungus (and, maybe, get two wigglers if you are lucky) and wonder what you are doing wrong. Been there - done that. Noooo thank you!

Here's what I do:
Faste tank for two days (I think 5 is too much imho). The presence of food, at this time, is not the biggest issue with swallowing - we just think it is.
Feed lightly and give her the skunk eye and she will usually retreat.
I don't like to over feed the tank during holdings. I let the other fish eat most of what I put in at the top of the water right away. I'll feed small amounts at the surface and few times during the feeding. Most food is consumed by others and a few scraps float around and the holding female will sift a little.
It is OK if she sifts some food - they do this in the wild. I have a female holding now on Day 8 and she sifts a little food every day. She usually gives me about 20 fry every 90 days. She has always sifted food.
If she makes it that far, strip between days 10 and 13.

Things I don't do while a female is holding:
Maintenance of any kind - period.
Make schedule changes (lighting, feeding schedules, etc.) - Keep everything consistent.
Worry.
Assume I have any control

Good luck!

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Razz makes it sound so simple!
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Follow his protocol and exercise the same level of self control and you will prob get similar results ;)
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Old 10-05-2014, 12:06 AM
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Lol im going to try! One thing I notice since this female started holding there seems to be a lot more aggression throughout the whole tank now?? The female that's holding is also the smallest female of the group...?
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Day 3 she is holding strong rolling em around and staying away from the group! Fingers crossed!
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Lol im going to try! One thing I notice since this female started holding there seems to be a lot more aggression throughout the whole tank now?? The female that's holding is also the smallest female of the group...?
Yep, the alpha's aggression level picks up when a female is releasing pherimones (sp).
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Day 3 she is holding strong rolling em around and staying away from the group! Fingers crossed!
All good signs

By the 4th morning is usually when most swallowing is done. If the size of her brood is roughly the same on the 4th morning, I'd say your chances of a successful spawn have increased.

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What should I feed mysis shrimp, krill, or pellets during this time?
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What should I feed mysis shrimp, krill, or pellets during this time?
I would think Mysis would be easiest for the holding mom to sift.
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