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I am still new to owning cichlids and recently one of my Red Zebras has been acting strange. She has been digging in the gravel and become more skittish. Could this be pregnant behavior? :-?







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No, what you see has nothing to do with spawning behaviour. These fish are also mouthbrooders THIS is a good article for you to read on mouthbrooders.
 

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Fish don't really get pregnant in the sense that humans do.

After fish spawn, females hold the developing eggs in their mouth, where they develop into free swimming fry, and are eventually released about a month later.

Your fish is not holding fry now, but looking at her she does appear to have a puffy tummy which could be an indicator that she is full of eggs and getting ready to spawn. OR, it could be she just had a meal. You'll see a pouch under her jaw when she's got some eggs in there.
 

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I'll get a good picture of my holding red zebra this weekend (unless she spits before then, which is very possible!) - you'll see a HUGE difference.
 

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GTZ said:
Doesn't appear so. Could be spawning behaviour.
What are you feeding?
I am feeding them Omega One Natural Protein Formula sinking pellets. I tried the floating ones and they refused to eat them. Can you suggest treats or supplemental foods for them?

Thank you all for your help and I am aware that cichlids are mouthbrooders.
 

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dielikemoviestars said:
Switch to a much lower protein food. Omega one is too high.
A high protein content in food is not a bad thing. Rather the source of the protein and the ingredients is what you need to consider. What fish do you have beside the zebra?
 

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Can't hurt to have both lower protein AND excellent quality ingredients like New Life Spectrum Cichlid Formula, especially if your fish are omnivores or herbivores. NLS is 34% protein just for comparison purposes.
 

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Timkat4867 said:
dielikemoviestars said:
Switch to a much lower protein food. Omega one is too high.
A high protein content in food is not a bad thing. Rather the source of the protein and the ingredients is what you need to consider. What fish do you have beside the zebra?
My female Red Zebra = Ponyta (I don't know if other people do this, but I do name my fish :) )


My male Red Zebra = Rapidash



My Jewel = Spy


My.....? = Kiara (can anyone tell what kind she is? I'm not sure if she is an electric yellow or not because I'm not sure if all electric yellows have the black stripe)


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I also have a Betta = Sparta (of course he is in his own bowl and not with my cichlids)
 

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Here's a RZ that's been holding about 3 weeks I think..

 

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There's actual fry in there by now, but yes, at first it's eggs. Preferably fertilized.
 

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Nope.

RZ's are monomorphic (unless they're WC/from a specific area, where males are blue) - males & females look the same. Some folks say you can see blue in the fins when light is behind it.
 

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Glaneon said:
Nope.

RZ's are monomorphic (unless they're WC/from a specific area, where males are blue) - males & females look the same. Some folks say you can see blue in the fins when light is behind it.
So the egg spots on the anal fin don't really tell you anything?
 

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Nope. Sorry.
 
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