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My female Ngara is not like other Ngara`s. The case is that I have to strip her cause she gets too big litters. Of what I have learned Mbunas "give birth" to between 40-50 fry, but mine left me with 96 fry in the latest litter. My other Ngara had 70 fry.
Now I have to strip them cause if I don`t many of them come out with bendt tails and I have to kill them.
Someone says it`s bad geenes or something so I wanna know what to think.
Why does my Ngaras give me so many fry??
 

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It's not unheard of for clutches to be that large with fully mature adult females...Not overly common, but it happens.

I'm just wondering what you're going to do with them all if you do go to the trouble of salvaging them! I certainly wouldn't try to save every clutch. I'd allow her to release some into the tank, or strip her immediately to keep her from having to hold so much of the time. It won't take long at all to overpopulate your area with acei with clutches that size, and you may wind up stuck with alot of fry/juvies.

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Thanks for the answer.

I contacted a internett shop who also sells out of his home who wanted to buy 100 of my fry. That helps a lot. The rest I sell private. I sometimes let her spit in the tank and last time 5 survived.

I`m really glad this is not unheard of. I love these fishes.

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May I ask how your Acei spawn? I've got 7 of them and they have yet to spawn at all. Do they go into caves or do it out on the rocks or do it in sand pits?
 

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I've never found mine to be big "diggers". They usually just find a corner in the tank and spawn.

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Mine is the same as yours cichlidaholic.
Mine prefer to spawn in a corner or a pre dug pit from other malawis. I think i`ve never seen them dig.
It took a long time for them to start spawning, but now they just won`t stop. :lol:
 

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My Yellow Tail Acei Male would sometimes dig a place in the sand. I've even seen him open his mouth and swim forward scooping sand away. But they always spawned in the sand right in the middle of the tank, they were like clock work, as soon as the female released they started again.
 

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Mine usually (well from what i've seen anyway) spawn on large flat rocks, pretty much out in the open.
 
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