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I have a female who has been holding since Feb. 10. This is the first time I believe the eggs are fertilized! I have her in a separate tank with a pot for her security and to help keep her stress lower since she does prefer to hide most of the time. What signs will indicate she is ready to spit them out, and how long should I keep her in the tank with the fry? I understand that she will need time to eat and get her strength back up! This will be my first batch since I had cichlids and I just need some tips/ideas on how to give the best survival rate for the fry! Right now I don't have fry food since no LFS has any, therefore I grounded up the parents into a powder for the time being.
 

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No really outward signs, she will spit when ready. I have had them hold for over 3 weeks.
 

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Mine tend to get frantic a day or so before they spit. 28 days is average.

She will start eating the fry after 24 hours...I have never had a female that was too weak not to return to the tank at that time.
 
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