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Hi, i currently have 4 sulphur crested lithobates in a 3 foot tank with many caves... They are in with some acei, salousi and maingano but the maingano are going to go in another 4 foot tank...

Any information on how i can breed the lithos?
 

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a Quote from a friend of mine:

Spawning behavior

During courting, the male will pick a flat rock or similar to be used as spawning site. You should therefore include a flat rock in the aquarium set up if you want them to breed. This behavior distinguishes Otopharynx lithobates from most other commonly kept Malawi cichlids, since building a concave gravel pit and depositing the eggs inside is much more common.

The male Otopharynx lithobates will display intense coloration and vigorously wiggle his body back and fort in order to impress the female. During the actual spawning, the two fishes will circle each other and the female will release the eggs at the spawning site. The male fertilize them as the female picks them up using her mouth. Otopharynx lithobates is a maternal mouth brooder and the female will brood for roughly three weeks. It is not uncommon for a female to spit the eggs prematurely, especially during her first few spawnings. There are also huge individual variations where some females are great mothers while others never really seem to get it right.
this fish needs a time to mature and you should have this in mind...
 

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It sounds like the 3 ft tank is pretty overpopulated. The acei are also going to need a longer tank as they mature.

And, as stated above, your fish may not be ready to spawn...

Lots of factors can affect this.

Kim
 

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ok thanks yep the acei are going to move in with some equally sized firemouth cichlids..
 

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Evo said:
ok thanks yep the acei are going to move in with some equally sized firemouth cichlids..
I'm sure you've heard or read this before - but I thought I'd just say it in case....

I would recommend against mixing cichlids from different lakes, and even more-so against different continents. Proper diet, water conditions, and tempermant can lead to a bad situation.
 
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