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Ps. Saulosi

Postby Glenn11791 » Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:38 pm

I have spawned many mbuna over the years and now I may be stumped. I am down to 3 saulosi. I know I have one dominant male, as he's all colored up. I believe I have two females, but since the have never "held" they may be subdominant males. This week I moved them form my Mbuna community 125, to a 10 gallon hoping to stir up some action, nothing yet. Any suggestions, comments?
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Postby esparzar1 » Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:06 pm

How long have you had them? what are thier sizes? Mine started breeding around 2 inches. Do you notice any chassing by the male with the other 2?
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Postby Glenn11791 » Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:00 pm

They are 2.5 - 3" currently. I've had saulosi breed at a smaller size. He chases them repeatedly. I was hoping a change of tanks/situation, would spur them on.
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Postby esparzar1 » Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:03 pm

possibly add a few more females, if they become too stressed they may not breed. A few more females will help spread the aggression. I don't the smaller tank would help....just my 2 cents
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Postby brinkles » Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:41 pm

If you can't accurately sex them, possibly you could leave the male in the 10 and see if one of the others colors up in the big tank?
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Postby newforestrob » Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:38 pm

none of my females have an egg spot,I would do as brinkles suggested and keep the known male in the 10 to see if you have another male,what size is the main tank,and tank mates? ,a switch of diet sometimes helps,what do you feed them now?

just seen the 125 gal.in your post,tank mates?
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Postby chptunes » Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:08 pm

I also like brinkles suggestion. I'd also add 3 or 4 more potential females. My group of 8 started spawning at about 2".. even while my males were still transforming.
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Saulosi

Postby Glenn11791 » Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:36 pm

I will try seperating the male from the others to see what happens. I am also getting six 2" unsexed Saulosi 12/6 at our club's next meeting. Surprisingly, there is a lack of Saulosi in my greater area. Our Auction had none for sale and at the Ohio C.A. meeting/auction only one bag, with multiple males went up for sale. Go figure?
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saulosi

Postby Glenn11791 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:39 am

Took the male out Sunday, and neither of the others have "colored" up. They are at least 2.5" too. Could the male be infertile? Should I play some Barry White? I'll keep them seperated for a few more days, then reintroduce.
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Saulosi

Postby Glenn11791 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:44 pm

Added six juvies, 2.5", 14 days ago. No one holding, yet.
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Postby Fogelhund » Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:54 pm

Putting them in a 10 gallon on their own sounds like a recipe for stressed, or dead females.

I would get more, and seperate the male to see if another colours up. I've had males not colour up until over 3" before.
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Re: saulosi

Postby DIAMOND_CICHLIDS » Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:04 pm

Glenn11791 wrote:Took the male out Sunday, and neither of the others have "colored" up. They are at least 2.5" too. Could the male be infertile? Should I play some Barry White? I'll keep them seperated for a few more days, then reintroduce.
Glenn

Did the Barry white worked :lol:
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Postby brinkles » Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:51 pm

If you have two females, they could just be too bullied to hold.
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Females?

Postby Glenn11791 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:26 pm

After weeks of not coloring up at all, in their own tank, I added Rusties and Red Zebra's a week ago and still, nothing. Perhaps I should trade for another proven breeder male?
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Postby DJRansome » Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:43 pm

Did you try adding more saulosi? Are you sure they are old enough?
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