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Hello everyone!
I am really new to African cichlids and been doing some research on them for the past month on breeding peacocks. I have a pair of ruby red peacocks and really want them to breed. I lost two batch a month back because i strip the eggs to early and the female swallow all the eggs the other time. So I separated the male and female for a while now and reintroduce the male back into the main tank later that night. He was dancing all over her and it looked like they were breeding rite from the start! Spinning in a circle over and over again just like any peacock will do. Big problem though her tube wasnt down and no eggs were dropping. Her tube is not down yet and she is actually trying to breed rite in front of me. So here are my questions.

I would like to know if a female tube will drop without a presence of a male at all or only if a male is in the tank? Is it possible for her to just lay eggs and hold them for no reason?
 

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Xmoua89 said:
I would like to know if a female tube will drop without a presence of a male at all or only if a male is in the tank? Is it possible for her to just lay eggs and hold them for no reason?
Yes. In this case she will usually spit or swallow them after a week or so.

It might work better to have four or more females with the male all the time. Malawi are harem breeders.
 

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thanks alot! However, my uncle had this pair before me and he had 4 female including this female with the male. For some reason this female never bred with the male but all the other 3 did. my uncle gave up on this female so i just took it in along with the male and see if i can do anything with them. he sold his other 3 females to a friend of his so this is all i got.

My plan is to wait until her tube is about to drop and then put the male in during that time period so they can mate rite from the start. Since last time I did it they tried to breed again but her tube wasnt down.

What do you guys think? or should i try leaving them in the tank and let nature take its course which i tried three times and it all ended up with no fries?
 

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I'm not sure about this, because I don't keep peacocks, but I'd be a little bit worried about 1 male 1 female in a tank together. He'll probably go after her constantly, which will leave her stressed and vulnerable.

Considering that, it's perhaps best to remove him?

Wait for opinions from people who know better, though.
 

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well the male does not chase her like crazy. Maybe once or twice and stops but she is as big as he is so she can defend herself from what i observed so far.
 

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Yea but she still gets 100% of his attention, which is why the male to female ratios exist. Not saying its not possible, I had a 1m:1f ratio spawn before, but I will be the first to tell you I don't know how b/c she was stressed to the limit and hiding 99.999% of the time.
 

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wow my female eats from my hand with the male eat rite beside her. She swims out in the open and never hide from the male. But I am still not sure, once they breed, if i should remove the female or not from the main tank
 
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