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A Snow White albino mbuna cichlid bred with a peacock female in my tank - it was unplanned.

My question is this: 6 weeks later, there are 2 offspring left that live under fierce protection from their « dad ». This fish spends all his time protecting his spawn. The mom couldn’t care less, she has moved on with another fish lol. Is this type of protection from the male common?
 

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Thank you so much for your reply. I definitely agree that I need to take precautions so that this does not reoccur (I know hybrids are not the goal here, at all). I have rehomed the female.

I will also remove the hybrid tank for the surviving hybrids to live and not breed further. I hadn’t really thought of that - thank you. I suppose logic would dictate I should do that ASAP?

and finally, regarding the protection/ stalking… I would really appreciate your insight into this situation as I realize it’s completely abnormal. Initially I thought the same thing as you - but the offspring are now 2 inches long (there ended up being 3, total). He stats very close to them, which like you said I assumed was because he was going to eat them. But after 3 months it’s truly remarkable, he has created essentially a force field around the juveniles. He is literally constantly able to eat them, but instead chases away everyone else. I understand your hesitancy to believe me anecdotally, but I’ve truly never seen anything like it.
 

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Thank you so much for your reply. I definitely agree that I need to take precautions so that this does not reoccur (I know hybrids are not the goal here, at all). I have rehomed the female.

I will also remove the hybrids and make a tank for the surviving hybrids to live and not breed further. I hadn’t really thought of that - thank you. I suppose logic would dictate I should do that ASAP?

and finally, regarding the protection/ stalking… I would really appreciate your insight into this situation as I realize it’s completely abnormal. Initially I thought the same thing as you - but the offspring are now 2 inches long (there ended up being 3, total). He stats very close to them, which like you said I assumed was because he was going to eat them. But after 3 months it’s truly remarkable, he has created essentially a force field around the juveniles. He is literally constantly able to eat them, but instead chases away everyone else. I understand your hesitancy to believe me anecdotally, but I’ve truly never seen anything like it.
 
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