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Unwanted Breeding

Postby mambee » Wed May 06, 2015 7:31 pm

What does everyone do when they have unwanted breeding?

When I arrived home today, I noticed an unusual cloud of debris in one corner. It turns out that my geophagus altifrons released a mass of babies.

As I was putting sponges on the canister filter intakes, my angelfish nipped at my hand. As it turns out, they are guarding eggs which were laid on the filter tube.

The angelfish eggs will disappear in the night as they always do, but I feel guilty about the swarm of altifrons. I have neither the time nor space to try to raise them. I'm hoping that they too disappear in the night.
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Re: Unwanted Breeding

Postby DJRansome » Wed May 06, 2015 7:36 pm

For the Malawi, the adults will eat the fry immediately and Synodontis clean up any leftovers.
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Re: Unwanted Breeding

Postby Narwhal72 » Thu May 07, 2015 9:17 am

The altifrons babies will disappear over the next week or so too.
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Re: Unwanted Breeding

Postby mambee » Thu May 07, 2015 10:14 am

I was hoping that it would be sooner. I don't want to watch them starve to death.
150 Gallon:
Geophagus, Angelfish
90 Gallon:
Bolivian Rams, Rummynoses, Corys, Dwarf Loaches, Neons, Glass Catfish
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Re: Unwanted Breeding

Postby Narwhal72 » Thu May 07, 2015 12:12 pm

It won't be starvation. More like being eaten by something else in the tank.
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Re: Unwanted Breeding

Postby mambee » Thu May 07, 2015 12:46 pm

The parents are doing a good job of keeping the angelfish away. I was hoping that my raphael cats would do cleanup during the night, but I guess that the babies stay in the mouths of the parents.
150 Gallon:
Geophagus, Angelfish
90 Gallon:
Bolivian Rams, Rummynoses, Corys, Dwarf Loaches, Neons, Glass Catfish
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Location: Hartsdale, NY

Re: Unwanted Breeding

Postby Fishnut71 » Thu May 07, 2015 2:29 pm

Just leave them be, and let nature take its course. fry will eventually wonder just a little too far from parents and become protein.
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