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Is there a way to tell if a female mbuna is carrying eggs and might be ready to spawn? My male yellow lab is doing his dance, but my females don't seem interested just yet. They are still fairly young however. I was just wondering if by looking at a female if you can tell if she is carrying eggs.
 

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A sign they are ready to spawn may be a protruding egg tube. I don't always see this, but fairly often.
 

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Is there a way to tell if a female mbuna is carrying eggs and might be ready to spawn? My male yellow lab is doing his dance, but my females don't seem interested just yet. They are still fairly young however. I was just wondering if by looking at a female if you can tell if she is carrying eggs.
 

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The youngest I have seen is 1.5" including tail. But I can't say most labs start holding then. It varies widely.

Likely if they are carrying eggs they would at least occasionally let themselves be coaxed into doing a circle or two. Maybe his dancing is aggression and not spawning? They look nearly identical.
 

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I have one that I would say is definitely a male. He has very pronounced black on all of his fins. One of them has a very minimal amount of black on its dorsal fin, while the other 3 have absolutely no black at all. I would estimate that they are about 2" long and approximately 6 months old.
 

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Labidochromis caeruleus should absolutely have black at least on the dorsal fin. Intensity of color is not reliable for determining gender. All my labs have had black on all fins when spit.

I would separate the fish with no black from your breeding group.

I'd give them another 6 months before worrying about why they might not be spawning.
 
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