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Hey again everybody! Back 4 more advice, this time about fry rearing. Have a few questions hopefully I can get some help with. I have a 55g yellow lab/assorted zebra tank from which I recently had 2 batches of fry come from. The 19 greshakeis are 16 days old, and the 9 labs are 11 days old giving me a grand total of 28 fry. I stripped both mothers of the fry (great how to vid on cichlidforum.tv also btw!), momma greahskei is doing wonderful now, but I lost the yellow a couple-few days after I put here back in the main tank unfortunately? After stripping her I put her back in the 10g, fed her and let her rest, and put her back in main tank a few hours later. She was a lil harder to strip also, as she was a bit smaller (1 1/2" maybe) and maybe it was just stressful to her? Anyway, advice so that doesnt happen again would be appreciated. I left the younger yellow fry in the net with some sand in the bottom for 3 days before I added released them with the slightly older zebra fry to let them catch up a lil.

Fry tank setup - 10g kit, Whisper 5-15g hob filter, sand, rocks, fake plants. I also have a fluval1, a tiny lil guy that suction cups on to the inside of the tank, should I use this also? I also keep 2 kuhli loaches in there, I know not the best tankmates, but they leave the fry alone, clean up well and I just think they are really neat.

Questions

1. How many fry, and for how long can I properly house in the 10g? I think I can breed my fish fairly often if I so decide.

2. What is suggested maintenance routine for fry tanks, I have just been doing same as 55g, weekly 25% water chg, etc?

3. How fast do the fry grow? I am feeding 3x day, a mix of crushed hikari cichlid gold, HBH supersoft spirulina pellets and tetra flake, all crushed and mixed together.

4. Do they need to fast one day/meal a week as their parents do to clear out their little stomachs?

5. Am I going to need a grow out tank as I hear some people talk about, or can I just move them from the 10g to the main tank, and if so, when? My "adult" fish are all 3" or under, but for my friends with larger tanks/fish who I am going to give them to, the rule is as soon as the babies cant fit in adults mouths correct? Or is there a better guideline/method?

6. And anything else u guys think I might need or want to know?

If anybody needs any more information from me please let me know, my stock list is in my profile, or under my tanks? Thank you very much for your time and information, I really love my fish now that I can enjoy them thanks to you all! I'd be hurting without this forum I am sure. Look forward to more great advice!!
 

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Cool, thank you that helps a bunch! I guess I will have to step up my water changes, to like maybe 25% every other day and increase the frequency and volume as the fry grow. Thanks for the info I appreciate it
 

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Update - Good news and a lil Bad?

Good - I now have another yellow lab holding, so according to my calculations I will have a new batch of fry when my current ones are about a month old? Any advice as to how to handle this situation based on my current setup and options described above?

Bad - My "female" 2" kenyi has started to turn from blue to yellow, and now behaves aggressively, as opposed to "her" usual hyperactivity. So I guess "she" is a he?. My tank is only a 55g, and I knew it was questinable keeping a kenyi even a female, but now I think I will get rid of "him" tommorow when I do my weekly water change and give to a friend if possible, if not then back to the LFS I suppose? The prego lab now sits at the surface most of the time, as they occupy sort of the same area of the tank, so I guess it's time for the kenyi to go ya?

Thank advice and opinions always appreciated!!
 
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