It's up to you what to do, and more importantly, what you want to do with the fry.
I let my mothers spit in a fry tank, but I don't keep the fry. I use them as live feeders for my larger cichlids (safer than buying at a store because I know they don't carry disease). I don't have the room to raise babies, and my Africans (labs and RZs) are likely hybrid candidates. Since I can't be sure of the parents, I don't keep.
You could put in a net, let her spit, and decide then. :thumb:
Well, I definitely don't plan on selling them (I'm no breeder and never plan to be) so I guess I will just wait and see what happens. I have a few friends that have cichlid tanks (just starting out and I KNOW they don't ever plan on breeding), maybe I will pass some of whatever survives on to them. Either way it's still a wee bit exciting. Been a couple of years since I had baby fish in the house
Fortunately she chose a pot to hide in which made catching her rather easy. She's hanging out now in a breeder net... getting another tank set up tomorrow. The case used to be I went bigger and bigger on tanks and now I'm reversing. I sure wish I hadn't gotten rid of any of my smaller tanks now. Hindsight!
Why not keep the hybrids in your home where you can control their futures? It seems like you weren't planning to breed yours either, or did I read it wrong?
Five females in a tank of 15 males are at risk. Malawi are harem breeders. The male will constantly harass the female until she is injured, sick or dead with a ratio of 1m:1f. The ideal for a peaceful Malawi species is 1m:4f.
Or if you are going for an all-male tank, you could give the females to your friends instead of the hybrids.
Fry are the cutest things, absolutely. And when I've had a hybrid dilemma, it was much easier to decide to let the mom spit in the tank beforehand than after when the poor innocent things were swimming around a fry tank looking adorable.
I had planned on going with an all male tank... sometimes things happen. Needless to say, I am setting up another tank today to move the females and decide what my next step is. Maybe I'll trade the females off for what are positively males or set up a fourth tank for breeding pairs specifically. Lots to think about. As for the fry, I might just turn them loose in the water troughs for my horses... they make GREAT mosquito and algae eaters and I have found live a very long time in them.