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My Sajica's had fry today, now what?

Postby aggriffin3 » Sat May 12, 2012 5:44 pm

So, what do I do next? Whets the best way to feed them, and when do they actually start eating? (Days) I crushed into powder some sinking pellets, but not sure how to get the powder down to the fry at the bottom? I don't have brine shrimp, but is it an easy process of hatching brine shrimp? Any help on this matter would be great.

Should I think about separating the parents and putting the fry into a 5 gallon tank with sponge filter? I would like to just let nature take its course for this first batch, but I would hate to lose them. Parents are show quality, and would eventually like to sell them off.

Thanks

Art

P.S. They are in a 40 breeder with no other fish
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Re: My Sajica's had fry today, now what?

Postby CiChLiD LoVeR128 » Sat May 12, 2012 11:06 pm

Congrats on the spawn! Sajica are nice and fun fish. I sure do miss my old pair.....stupid firemouth. Are the fry free swimming? If so, they are old enough to eat foods. When they are wrigglers they feed off their egg sacs. When they are free swimming the sacs are gone and they need food. I feed my fry crushed up flake food and de-encapsulated brine shrimp (Great stuff). You can hatch out brine shrimp on your own but flakes work out good. Yes, hatching out brine shrimp is easy but I felt flakes and de-encapsulated brine shrimp was easier, faster, and more affordable in the long run. You won't need to get it down to the fry. Just crush it up and sprinkle it on the top like normal and it will get down to them.

I let nature take it's course and let my cichlid pairs work together which builds their bond and makes bigger successful spawns. Once when the pair start fighting with each other that's when I pull the fry and divide them up or if it's been a month. For my pairs I add target fish to help them work together. I would suggest let nature take it's course but if things get crazy and you feel like removing the fry and separating them you should do so. Just curious but why would you like to sell the pair off? They are in a very nice home. A 40 gal breeder is excellent for them. I would keep them and breed them. :thumb:
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Re: My Sajica's had fry today, now what?

Postby aggriffin3 » Sun May 13, 2012 12:04 am

I said that wrong. I will be selling off the fry as they get older. The pair, no as they are very nice with lots of color for their size. I just noticed the fry today, but they are free swimming, so my guess is today is the first day for that.

Thanks for the information

Art
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Re: My Sajica's had fry today, now what?

Postby CiChLiD LoVeR128 » Sun May 13, 2012 9:32 am

Oh ok! I wondered if that was what you meant. Good choice :) . Ok since they are free swimming you can feed them. As for a growout tank I don't use sponge filters on the tank. I use a hang over filter and just use a media bag and rubber band it to the tube so fry don't get sucked up. Then when the fry get old enough I take the media bag off.
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Re: My Sajica's had fry today, now what?

Postby smitty » Sun May 13, 2012 7:00 pm

If you are crushing the food they will find a way to get it.
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Re: My Sajica's had fry today, now what?

Postby aggriffin3 » Sun May 13, 2012 7:49 pm

Thanks guys. I crushed the mini pellets and let it float down to the top of a piece of slate. Mother brought the babies out so they could eat what was at rest on top of the rock. Lets hope they get enough, and I can raise them to be stunning specimens. The parents sure are.
I have had mouth broaders before, and this is new to me for sure. My Yellows and Rusties would have fry in their mouth already large enough to eat crushed food, then I would keep the fry in breeder traps.
I love the way both parents attend these guys much better.

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Re: My Sajica's had fry today, now what?

Postby aggriffin3 » Mon May 28, 2012 9:03 pm

When do I need to get the fry out away from the parents? And if the answer is I don't need to, do I need to separate the parents at any time. So far no aggression towards each other, and I havent seen them trying to spawn again?
It's been a little over two weeks...

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Re: My Sajica's had fry today, now what?

Postby CjCichlid » Tue May 29, 2012 10:43 am

Since the pair are in a tank to themselves you should be able to leave the fry in with them. However, If the pair does show signs of wanting to spawn again and you are wanting to keep the present fry, it would be best to remove them as the parents may turn on them.
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