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Old 01-28-2016, 04:44 PM
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Default Anyone sucessful breeding without stripping?

just wondering if there are any stories out there of just natural births in tank, no human intervention?
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Here is a very interesting thread that Jeff posted some time ago. He stripped her eventually but not until the bitter end. It's a very cool video!

http://www.cyphos.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31509
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I've had a couple female Moba in the past that I didn't notice were holding until I saw a few swimmers in the tank. Of course you freak out and hurry and catch her to get the rest before she can't hold any more and gives them up to her tank mates.

I've had a few Malawi that I separated to watch them spit and then suck them back in after they eat. It is a beautiful thing to see.
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yeah, other African types it happens all the time! I have three females holding at times that i know of. but I;ve never tired to seperate them. Im worried about stressing the whole colony out. whats the best way/time to catch a holding mother.
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I've gotten Burundis to hold to term and spit in my tank! I also have about 10 surviving fry which are almost 3 inches now!!
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I've done it with my kaps. I've created a tangle of rocks and branches for the female to release fry into when she's ready. In my tank they'll be fine in their hideout until they start getting brave enough to venture into the rest of the tank, soon as they start with that I'll transfer them into their own tank. Over the years here, we've also had some members who transfer the female into a maternity tank.

Besides the method above, I'll also strip at some point after fry are capable of swimming. I haven't stripped eggs in years, no matter the species I always wait for free swimming fry. Takes some patience doing that with fronts, though, takes time for a female to learn hold that long.
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