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Hey everyone! So I got to witness my kenyi laying her eggs and picking them up. From my previous post a few months ago, I stated the only mate that it could be was the ob peacock. Others will say that is not a good mix but that is not the topic today :) The female is chasing the peacock around in what I believe is her trying to get the eggs fertilized. I've heard of males chasing the females to breed but is it normal for the female to do this?

I guess if she doesn't get them fertilized then she will just spit or eat them like last time.
 

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Hey everyone! So I got to witness my kenyi laying her eggs and picking them up. From my previous post a few months ago, I stated the only mate that it could be was the ob peacock. Others will say that is not a good mix but that is not the topic today :) The female is chasing the peacock around in what I believe is her trying to get the eggs fertilized. I've heard of males chasing the females to breed but is it normal for the female to do this?

I guess if she doesn't get them fertilized then she will just spit or eat them like last time.
Every time I have witnessed my Mbuna spawning, the male fertilizes the eggs as they are dropped prior to the female picking them up, or as the female picks them up, as the two fish swim in a circle head to tail. Not saying that they could not be fertilized shortly after, but I don't think the eggs will be viable for too long.
 

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Electricyellow3 said:
Hey everyone! So I got to witness my kenyi laying her eggs and picking them up. From my previous post a few months ago, I stated the only mate that it could be was the ob peacock. Others will say that is not a good mix but that is not the topic today :) The female is chasing the peacock around in what I believe is her trying to get the eggs fertilized. I've heard of males chasing the females to breed but is it normal for the female to do this?

I guess if she doesn't get them fertilized then she will just spit or eat them like last time.
Every time I have witnessed my Mbuna spawning, the male fertilizes the eggs as they are dropped prior to the female picking them up, or as the female picks them up, as the two fish swim in a circle head to tail. Not saying that they could not be fertilized shortly after, but I don't think the eggs will be viable for too long.
Yeah from the videos I have seen, they are always circling each other and the female is trying to pick up the male egg spots. This wasn't happening so Idk if they did it later or not. She seemed stressed since she was being bothered by the yellow lab every time she would try to lay. The yellow lab actually ate a few that dropped off the rock.

My yellow lab is very nosey. I turned the light off so maybe that helped a bit.
 

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Hard to tell what is going on, but I have seen female Malawis be kind of "pushy" trying to get the "right" male, if no male is taking charge. Now if she had to drop the eggs, can't hold them in anymore, she would have to drop them. Now chasing a male with eggs I have not seen. Mbuna/ Haplochromines are quite smart and adaptive in many ways.
 
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