Bought what looks to be blue colbalt that is holding. I put her in one of those floating breeding boxes to make sure and she is. Should I leave her in this breeding box? Its kinda small and she is about 4 inches. Id like to try to make every effort to keep the fry if they get to that stage, but dont want to her spit prematurely. Should I set up a divider in the 55 and give her a small portion of the tank or just let her be?
There are currently about 5 red zebras, 3 yellow labs, 3 kenyi (2 are only 1.5 inches), 2 melanochromis (only 1 is about 1.5 inches), and some assorted dither fish.
Whats the best way to do this to have a high survival rate?
Also, she was definately the dominate one in the tank at the store...i stood and watched her for about 20 mins chasing everyone else.
The only reason I would buy a holding fish from the LFS would be to have a confirmed female. I wouldn't keep any fry from her. You just can't determine what she's been housed with or what she could have spawned with.
And, she will crossbreed with your red zebras...So, unless you choose one species or another, future fry won't be guaranteed pure, either.
hmm there are very high chance that the **** she is holding isnt "pure".....oooh yeah she will breed with your red zebras. and trust me...you dont want hybrids. have you been getting any yellow labs fry? if you did....they might not be "pure" either because of the red zebra.
Im probably 99% sure its not gonna be pure fry. She was housed with a bunch of red zebras and a few yellow labs.
Im really not concerned about them being hybrids or not, and I think all fish deserve a chance to live. But with that said, these fry, if they survive, will not leave my tanks and will not go the LFS or to another any other enthusiast even if they have good intentions. We cannot predict what mother nature will do.
Any any rate, I thought for sure she would have spit them, but like i said, she was the dominant one in the tank and very very dark. She has since lightened up a bit, but is still holding her own(no pun intended).
I have no experience with holding african or fry(I have some fry that were given to me, but thats it).
I have a make shift tumbler in case she does spit, but should I separate her now with a divider in my 55?