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Old 10-09-2014, 07:58 AM
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Well I guess my question is what did I do wrong? How do I fix this issue so the fish will hold next time?
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Old 10-12-2014, 12:28 AM
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Well my holding female aka "BUBBLES" is still really into holding nothing but bubbles! Weirdest thing I have ever seen!
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Old 10-12-2014, 01:03 AM
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Mudduck, I've been following the development of your "Bubbles". What interesting, and yet weird behavior of this mom. I wonder if all of them would behaved the same way if giving the chance. Great observations, friend. Keep us inform, and thank you!
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Old 10-12-2014, 08:26 AM
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You didn't do anything wrong mate...it was her first hold in captivity right? I think you totally did the right thing to let her have a go at it...there is no way of really knowing when she swallowed her eggs anyway...take heart, you were A LOT more patient than many others, myself included, would have been...it'll happen for you again mate and you'll be a gibb-daddy before you know it...all the best. Danny
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Old 10-12-2014, 10:00 AM
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The big thing you are doing wrong is assuming you had any control in the first place. It's not you mate! It will happen again, shake it off! A long time ago, I determine that I was not going to obsess over swallowed eggs. I thank The Lord for every fry I get and I thank Him for every swallowed brood. The later is challenging but I humbly follow through with praise. I made this commitment to The Lord before getting my Mikula. I let my old Kap group swallowing eggs sour my enjoyment of my fronts. I had a bad attitude.

So, enjoy your fish and keep reminding yourself that fry are a bonus.

I've been in your shoes and just thought I would share what I have learned.

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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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Bubbles has a mouth full of bubbles today! Woke up to her stuck between three rocks! SMH She is having hard time staying down! Lol amazing
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Well thought I would update and maybe get some insight as to what bubbles is doing??? Today is 14th day since this female "bubbles" spawned and swallowed her eggs on 4th day ever since she has carried large amounts of bubbles all over the tank! She goes up and get her whole head out of the water now brings it back down and allows some bubbles leave her gills it looks like so she can swim better! She will carry the remaining bubbles into pot and hang out finally releasing them and immediately going to surface to get another large mouth full! All day long folks! This can't be natural?? Has anyone else had fish do this 10 days straight?? In the wild I doubt they would swim to surface since there so deep so why do it here?
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Well thought I would update and maybe get some insight as to what bubbles is doing??? Today is 14th day since this female "bubbles" spawned and swallowed her eggs on 4th day ever since she has carried large amounts of bubbles all over the tank! She goes up and get her whole head out of the water now brings it back down and allows some bubbles leave her gills it looks like so she can swim better! She will carry the remaining bubbles into pot and hang out finally releasing them and immediately going to surface to get another large mouth full! All day long folks! This can't be natural?? Has anyone else had fish do this 10 days straight?? In the wild I doubt they would swim to surface since there so deep so why do it here?
Happend many times. She will eventually stop
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