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Saulosi holding?

Postby kozik » Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:12 pm

Hi everyone,

Just looking for some input, I swear she was holding in my main tank but unfortunately I'm very bad at catching fish so I'm not sure if I stressed her too much when trying to net her to bring her to a 20g tall tank of her own to carry the babies stress free. Basically I ended up chasing her around for a good 10-15min before finally getting her :S

Anyways does she look like she's still holding in your opinion?

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Re: Saulosi holding?

Postby Sinister-Kisses » Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:18 pm

Yes, she is.
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Re: Saulosi holding?

Postby DutchAJ » Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:49 pm

Congrats! I had my first Saulosi spawn yesterday as well. I've heard they're like rabbits, do they spawn a lot for you?

Is it considered spawning when they start holding or when they spit?
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Re: Saulosi holding?

Postby kozik » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:32 pm

Sinister-Kisses wrote:Yes, she is.


Thanks for confirming! Any advice for catching fish better, cause I really sucked at it :S previous tanks were all smaller so it wasn't as difficult but geez in this 75 Gallon she put me to work. Whoever thinks fish are dumb should have seen this, she put on a show.

DutchAJ wrote:Congrats! I had my first Saulosi spawn yesterday as well. I've heard they're like rabbits, do they spawn a lot for you?

Is it considered spawning when they start holding or when they spit?


This is my first saulosi holding, I've had German blue rams and cockatoo apistos breed previously but this is my first Malawi tank. Just set this one up maybe 6 months ago, got all the cichlids while they were small so it's been cool to see them grow, males getting more aggressive and now breeding.
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Re: Saulosi holding?

Postby tanker3 » Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:05 am

DutchAJ wrote:Is it considered spawning when they start holding or when they spit?


They spawn when the eggs are laid and fertilized. Just before the holding.
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Re: Saulosi holding?

Postby Sinister-Kisses » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:58 am

Lol well the first step is to pull out a bunch of the decor if you have a lot of rock work and whatnot, which if it's an mbuna tank I'm assuming you do. Then you need to use two nets - one to "herd" and one to net with. And go SLOW...once she's in a corner or somewhere you think you can get her, very very slowly move both nets in, like at a snail's pace, so you don't spook her into fleeing again. Often if you keep one net in a spot that you can easily guide her to, then you can use the other net to coax her the way you want to go and they'll swim right into net #1 while worrying about getting away from net #2. But, there's only so much you can do, they're still cichlids and little @#%@#%^ to net ;)
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Re: Saulosi holding?

Postby ha77 » Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:49 pm

I sometimes use one of my old mesh tank dividers and slowly push the selected fish to one side of the tank and block the escape route.
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Re: Saulosi holding?

Postby DJRansome » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:50 pm

Easier just to take the rocks out. If you resign yourself up front, it's not so bad, LOL. At least divide the tank and take the rocks out where the fish is. And during a water change is good so only 1/2 the water for escaping.
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Re: Saulosi holding?

Postby kozik » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:59 am

Okay so now I'm confused... so I have the female pictures above holding in her own tank occasionally I would drop some pellets of food in for her to see if she would eat. She never did that hitch made sense because she' was holding. Today getting close to the 28 day mark from when I first saw her holding she ate the pellets I dropped in, I looked around for fry but didn't see any in the tank. Does this mean she ate the fry?
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Re: Saulosi holding?

Postby tanker3 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:15 pm

Could be, and maybe not. fry like to hide too. I never feed females in the breeding tank. I always wait till she is back into the main tank.
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Re: Saulosi holding?

Postby Aaron S » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:59 pm

Is her jaw still distended? It will be extremely difficult to find the fry depending on where they are and how much stuff you have in your tank.
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